Composite Deck Material Decision
I'm close to pulling the trigger on a 16'x22' deck in the GTA and am struggling with my choice for deck material.
A bit of background is that the only reason I am struggling is due to fixed budget from lovely wife, so I can't just buy everything top of the line etc.
Things I have decided on already for budget savings are, forgoing a full transcend railing, and going with just the transcend post sleeves/caps, and then having the contractor sand and stain a cedar top and bottom rail in black with aluminum ballusters. (Still possibly looking into other aluminum rail option, but we don't want something too "skinny" so options at a decent price point are limited.
Skirt the deck entirely in cedar, again sand/stained in black. (Not a fan of lattice at all, and composite fascia is $$$$)
I am 90% leaning towards Trex, and I am very slightly over budget by $1-2k, and it seems that there are only a couple of ways to get around this.
I can either:
- Go to a lower tier trex board. ie. From Transcend Island Mist to Select Pebble Grey
- Don't have the contractor do the skirt at all and either DIY it when funds are more free flowing, or have contractor come back and do it.
- Look at something in the Veranda HP Elite (I believe Fiberon makes this for HD, but hard to find any apples to apples comparison or reviews)
So from the above list, the easiest thing would be to simply go with the Select line from Trex, as I believe the warranty is the same. But I am having trouble finding out if there is anything significantly different between Transcend and Select other than Transcend has a more detailed grain colouring and in general is nicer looking.
I believe Select used to have issues with their older products so it's hard to find any recent accurate comparisons. Trex doesn't really differentiate too much other than "Good, Better, Best" without any reason other than cosmetics.
I anyone else has some insight on the differences between select and transcend i'd appreciate it.
Not really looking for a full ceder deck, definitely not a PT deck, and have looked into and decided against IPE and other exotics so please don't suggest these alternatives.