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Name:   DirtDiva - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Dock Decking Input
Date:   4/27/2016 10:25:11 AM   IP ADDRESS: 68.117.248.192

Hi everyone!

Finally, we have started the retirement home build.  YEAH!!!   We are also redoing our dock at the same time and it's time to decide on decking.  We HATE pressure treated lumber.  Have looked at composite and are lukewarm on the idea. We really like the idea of Ipe wood.

We would appreciate any feedback on any of your experiences. Would especially like to see info from anyone who has used Ipe wood. 

Thanks!!!

Dirt

 

 





Name:   Shortbus - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Dock Decking Input
Date:   4/27/2016 12:23:20 PM (updated 4/27/2016 1:27:26 PM)    IP ADDRESS: 75.137.207.126

All I know is that solid HDPE will last forever.

And that Yellowood is about as good as cardboard in the wet.

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MAN MADE DECKING BOARDS: THERE ARE SO MANY COMPOSITE, PLASTIC AND/OR MAN MADE DECKING PRODUCTS FLOODING THE MAKET PLACE (TOO MANY!). WE HAVE GROUPED THEM TOGETHER BELOW BY CATEGORIES, AGAIN THESE ARE MANUFACTORED BOARDS RATHER THEN REAL WOOD. MOST ARE COMPOSITES, WHICH CONTAIN A PLASTIC BINDER AND WOOD FIBERS,DUST OR FLOUR. THERE ARE A VARIETY OF FORMULAS, AND GRAIN SIMULATION TECHNIQUES, SOME CONTAIN PARTIAL RECYLED MATERIALS, ALTHOUGH THE TREND SEEMS TO BE LESS RECYLED AND MORE VIRGIN MATERIAL FOR HIGHER QUIALITY BOARDS.
Basic Composites    single color, simple grain or combed finish  USUALLY CONTAINS HDPE (HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE) AND A WOOD FIBER OR FLOUR. SOME MANUFACTURERS USE RECYCLED PLASTICS AND/OR WOOD. Most of these materials are very similar in looks, performance and pricing.
NAME  MATERIAL(S) COLORS  WEBSITE  NOTES 
BOARDWALK (CERTAINTEED) 
      DISCONTINUED
CHOICEDEK  RECYCLED
HDPE/RED OAK FIBERS

http://www.choicedek.com/products/
 
SOLD AT LOWES ,NON STANDARD GROOVED BACK BOARD
FIBERON PRO HDPE /WOOD FIBERS

http://www.fiberondecking.com/default.aspx?page=deckprofessional
 
SOLID AND SLOTTED BOARDS 
LATITUDES  HDPE/WOOD FLOUR 

http://www.ufpi.com/product/latitudes/
 
MAY CONTAIN HIGER THEN 50%WOOD FLOUR 
SOLID AND SLOTTED BOARDS
OASIS  (ALCOA) HPDE FINE WOOD FIBERS 

  DISCONTINUED? 
PORTICO  HPDE/MAPLE WOOD FLOUR 

http://www.porticodecking.com/home/home.asp
 
SOLID AND SLOTTED BOARDS 
PREMIER HPDE/WOOD FLOUR

3

  PURCHASED BY AZEK 
SYMMATRIX (DOW)   

  DISCONTINUED 
 TWIN FINISH & VALUPLANK

HDPE /WOOD FLOUR

3

http://timbertech.com/Products/
DeckingPlanks/TwinFinish.aspx

SOLID AND SLOTTED BOARDS
TREX ACCENTS  RECYCLED POLYETHYLENE & HARDWOOD FIBERS

http://www.trex.com/accents/default.aspx
 
ORIGINAL TREX COLORS , BETTER QUALITY BOARD THEN 1ST GENERATION TREX ,GRAIN ONE SIDE PLAIN OTHER SIDE
RHINO DECK 50% RECYCLED HDPE & WOOD

5

http://www.rhinodeck.com/index.php
SOLID AND SLOTTED BOARDS
VERANDA  HDPE/WOOD FIBERS 

http://www.verandadeck.com/decking/faq.htm
 
HOME DEPOT STORE BRAND MADE BY FIBERON 
WEATHERBEST PREMIUM 
HDPE/RECYCLED WOOD FIBERS 

http://www.weatherbest.com/composite-
decking/premium.aspx
 
 
Enhanced Compositesmultiple colors or hues to more simulate or copy natural wood species
NAME  MATERIAL(S) COLORS  WEBSITE  NOTES 
 VIBRANCE HDPE RECYCLED WOOD FIBERS DUST

3

http://www.evergrain.com/create/decking/
colorsVibrance.jsp
EMBOSSED GRAIN VIA COMPRESSION MOLDING PROCESS
FIBERON TROPICS
HDPE /WOOD FIBERS

2

http://www.fiberondecking.com/default.aspx?page=tropics
SLOTTED BOARDS
MONARCH EXOTICS HDPE RECYCLED WOOD FIBERS

4

http://www.monarchdeck.com/deck.php?content_id=21
SLOTTED BOARDS
 MONTEREY
HDPE RECYCLED WOOD FIBERS

2

  SOLID BOARD IRONWOOD COLOR LOOKS SIMILAR TO AGED IPE
TIMBERTECH EARTHWOOD
 
HDPE /WOOD FLOUR

3

http://timbertech.com/Products/DeckingPlanks/
Earthwood.aspx

SOLID AND SLOTTED BOARDS
TREX BRASILIA RECYCLED POLYETHYLENE & HARDWOOD FIBERS

3

http://www.trex.com/brasilia/
NO GRAIN, EASILY SCRATCHED, PRICEY
WEATHERBEST TROPICAL

HDPE/RECYCLED WOOD FIBERS 

2

http://www.weatherbest.com/composite-decking/tropical.aspx
SLOTTED BOARDS
High End Composites COMPOSITES WITH SUPERIOR GRAIN AND/OR MATERAILS
*PLEASE NOTE SOME HIGH END PRODUCTS FELL INTO OTHER CATEGORIES*
CORRECT DECK CX
POLYPROPYLENE 60% RECLAIMED HARDWOOD FIBER

6

http://www.correctdeck.com/products/decking/cx/
CO-EXTRUDED ANTIMICROBIAL TOP LAYER
SOILD AND SLOTTED BOARDS
EVERGRAIN
HDPE RECYCLED WOOD FIBERS DUST

4

http://www.evergrain.com/create/decking/colorsClassic.jsp
CONVINCING EMBOSSED WOOD GRAIN VIA COMPRESSION MOLDING PROCESS
CELLULAR PVC (POLYVINYL CLORIDE) process developed by Procell, now owned by Azek.
CELLULAR PVC BOARDS LOOK MUCH MORE SYNTHETIC BUT ARE LIGHTER AND HAVE A HARDER SURFACE, FASTENING IS VERY EASY, MAY BE MORE SLIPPERY WHEN WET, POSSBILE CHALKING.
AZEK CELLULAR PVC
FLAX

5

http://www.azek.com/viewProduct.php?id=5
PROCELL TECHNOLOGY
WHICH PIONEERED CELLULAR PVC PROCESS
PASTEL COLORS
CELLEK CELLULAR PVC

5

http://www.structuredecking.com/ProfileFeatures.html
AS WITH OTHER PVC PRODUCTS POSSIBLE CHALKING SOLID AND SLOTTED BOARDS
SANCTUARY FOAMED PVC CORE NO FIBER FILLERS

2

http://www.fiberondecking.com/default.aspx?page=sanctuary
PHOTO REALISTIC EMBOSSING PATTERN
SQUARE AND SLOTTED BOARDS
SENSIBUILT CELLULAR PVC
FLAX

4

http://www.sensibuilt.com/our-products/decking/index.php
GLOSSY COLORS, CLAIMS NOT TO CHAULK HAS "LUMENITE" URETHANE SURFACE LAYER
TIMBERTECH XML CELLULAR PVC CORE

3

http://www.timbertech.com/Products/
DeckingPlanks/XLM.aspx

CORE AND SKIN DESIGN
CO-EXTRUSION
SOLID AND SLOTTED BOARDS
TREX ESCAPES CELLULAR PVC

3

http://www.trex.com/escapes/default.aspx
LOOKS VERY SIMILAR TO AZEK
VEKA DECK REINFORCED CELLULAR PVC

5

http://www.vekadeck.com/default.asp
HARD COAT IMPACT SHELL CO-EXTRUSION SATIN FINISH
SOLID HDPE (PLASTIC LUMBER) SOLID DECKING BOARDS MADE FROM HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE, SOMETIMES ReHDPE (WITH SOME TO ALL RECYCLED PLASTIC) and usually no substantial fillers
BEARBOARD
HDPE

9

http://www.epsplasticlumber.com/
ALSO SELLS BENCHES ETC.
DURAWOOD
HDPE

6

http://www.american-plasticlumber.com/decks.html
ALSO SELLS BENCHES PICNIC TABLES ETC.
ELOLVE ReHDPE

5

http://www.renewplastics.com/ GENERALLY 90% RECYCLED
FOREVERDECK
HDPE

9

http://plasticlumberyard.com/foreverdeck.htm
 
TRIMAX HDPE

7

http://www.trimaxbp.com/pages/index100.php
FORMALLY CARE-FREE DECKING
There are also many more less standard decking products.There are decking boards with voids or holes like Crosstimber, Geodeck, and Ameradeck to various Tongue and grove materials like Timbertech's Floorizon and Eon and even hollow vinyl snap together decking  like Deck Lok. we prefer to work with standard deck boards and have not added these products to our chart.
Our Choices Each category has it's advantage. The "basic" composite will be your most economical board, and really all the products in this sector are very similar and will perform just fine. We have been using Trex accents, only because it is readily available, well received and competitively priced. Veranda is probably the cheapest board and lower on the desirability list. Interesting enough Symmatrix Dow's offering which received top spot from consumer reports has discontinued their product. Most of these basic composites will price out very closely. 
We have like the Evergrain product for quite some time, Evergrain has arguably the best wood grain and has good color choices. An Evergrain deck looks more natural or more "wood like" then all of the basics and certainly less man made then most of the high end materials. We have found Evergrain to hold up well, be fairly scratch resistant and easy enough to clean, although it does require some cleaning from mold, mildew and dirt, like anything left outside.
We like Azek's "procell" board, great product to work with and makes for a very 'clean" look, although definitely much more artificial looking, but if you are not looking for a wood-like appearance and you like their more subtle or pastel colors this is a great deck board. Similar but with more vibrant colors and even less natural looking is the Sensibuilt offering. Sensibuilt has a co-extrusion  harder outer layer and 5 very vibrant colors.
Another co-extruded man-made decking is TimberTech's XML , a cellular PVC board worth considering, again very man-made in appearance and among the most expensive decking material, and also Correctdeck CX a polypropylene composite with a hard co-extruded shell with antimicrobial properties and a nice embossed grain pattern. Please note, we have some reservations with the co-extruded products, the harder top layer can be a good thing, but is chipping or scratching of this thin layer and exposing the core a long term issue? Some manufactures' suggest using a torch to blend in chipped areas and others sell touch up paint, as these products are newer to the market time will tell if this becomes a problem.
We have been using Foreverdeck's solid HDPE boards for our solid white rail systems for several years and have been very pleased, these are solid HDPE planks with no internal voids and a subtle but pleasing grain that looks similar to painted wood.
         
                       
TimberTech twin finish                   Latitudes                                         Trex Accents
  
Monarch Exotics                                Correct Deck                                           Evergrain
     
Sensibuilt                                     Azek                                                    TimberTech XML
         
BearBoard                                    Rhino Deck                       real Tigerwood Monarch composite Tigerwood
                                                             AArgh!
Cross Timber     Floorizon
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Name:   flyfisher - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Dock Decking Input
Date:   4/27/2016 1:05:30 PM   IP ADDRESS: 67.140.233.80

well, that post should narrow down your choices --LoL





Name:   DOCGEE - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Dock Decking Input
Date:   4/27/2016 2:23:40 PM   IP ADDRESS: 50.59.198.194

We put in composite last summer.Was no cooler on bare feet than Yellowood but no splinters and best of all, no maintenence.It spans max across 16" center.





Name:   Osms - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Dock Decking Input
Date:   4/29/2016 8:05:36 AM   IP ADDRESS: 71.82.18.33

We have friends who used ipe decking on a new dock and I have been amazed at how it looks seven years later.  The deck was initially stained and has been restained a couple of times, and the wood looks absolutely like new, no warping, no wear, no rot, no nothing and it is in the sun all day.  Installation is tough.  Ipe is so hard that each screw hole has to be drilled which takes time and you should use stainless screws, since the deck will last a lifetime.  I've seen ipe for sale on line so you may want to check prices there.





Name:   OnTheBike - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Dock Decking Input
Date:   4/29/2016 9:12:12 AM   IP ADDRESS: 97.85.17.218

Two thumbs up for composite so far (3 years old).  I was very skeptical prior to replacing 6 year old wood dock that started loosing boards in year two.  So far: it has lasted longer, not as hot (as dark stained wood and when is does get warm, we throw a bucket of lake water on it), no splinters, no maintenance (pressure or staining & protecting.)
 
Find someone that has had it for 10 years or more.






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