Composite Decking Sucks!

August 26th, 2013

Composite Picnic Tables

April 5th, 2012

Composite deck boards have been used for more than just decking.  Check out this picnic table in Lakewood Ranch, Florida:

Composite Decking Picnic Table

Notice how the fake grain is raised up like cheap pine!

True Composite Decking Horror Stories

December 22nd, 2010

We recently conducted a survey of composite deck owners asking them to tell us about their experiences and send in photos of their decks.  Here are some of the responses we got:

This Texas homeowner built his deck with a lovely view of a nearby state park.  Too bad the deck couldn’t complement the view.  The picture above is 6″ Trex composite decking.  You can see how badly the surface is flaking.  Even if it didn’t start falling apart like this, just look at that ugly color!

Check out those nasty spots!  They started appearing within two months of this Michigan deck’s installation.  The brand was Trex Brasilia, and the owners followed the manufacturer’s guidelines to remove the spots.  However, they were back within days.  Trex then offered to come powerwash the deck.  They succeeded in removing the spots (as well as destroying some of the homeowner’s landscape), but once again they came back.

When the owner complained, Trex’s reply was that the deck should only need washing once a year.  They also refused to help their understandably  frustrated customer any further.

Also note the plastic sheen and the swelling around the screws.

If you have a composite decking horror story, please leave a comment sharing your experience.

Composite Decking Lawsuits & Recalls

June 8th, 2010

You can find information on composite decking lawsuits and recalls here:

Company notices:

  1. Composite Decking company recall information
  2. Lawsuit complaint #1
  3. Home Inspector reviews details of a problems with lawsuit details

When you peel off the hype surrounding composite decking products you will find numerous recalls and lawsuits on many popular brands.

Some of the reasons for these recalls are:

  • Delamination
  • Rapid decay
  • Overheating
  • Discoloration
  • Splintering
  • Injury

Is Composite Decking the Best Decking Material?

March 12th, 2010

Big advertising dollars have been spent to persuade home improvement consumers to believe that composite decking material has no maintenance and has the longest life expectancy.

If you do some searching on Google for “Composite Decking Complaints” or “Composite Decking Problems” you will find all kinds of comments and pictures from unhappy composite deck owners that spent thousands of dollars on what they believed would be a beautiful maintenance free deck.

The truth is that most composite decking material has not been thoroughly tested but it has been thoroughly marketed. That’s why most home owners think composite decking is a great choice.  Many people are also lured in by the long warranties these companies offer but if you do some research on that as well you will see that many companies after realizing their product does not hold up like they promised end up shutting down their company and then open a new company under a different name that way they don’t have to deal with the warranty issues when their product fails.

If you are looking for a low maintenance deck that will last up to 40 years, then you should consider a hardwood deck that is made out of Ipe, Tigerwood, Cumaru or Garapa.  Ipe is one of the hardest woods in the world and is not sold in your local home repair store.

Because Ipe, Tigerwood, Cumaru and Garapa are some of the hardest decking materials on earth they are naturally resistant to mold, fungi, insect attack and decay unlike other porous material like pressure treated pine or composite decking.