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Deck help - trex and skirting

Hello all

I need some advice

I’m looking at replacing my deck boards and railings and stairs with trex. I’m getting interlock done next to the deck at the bottom. The deck sits about 5 feet high:

Question is how do I skirt around the bottom of the deck to hide the stone? Use trex board? Or pressure treated fence boards “? If I use trex? That will be a lot of skirting and huge expense. Any other options?

I’ve attached a couple of pictures
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We have a Cedar Deck.
It replaced an old PT Wood Deck.
The PT Wood Deck was skirted by PT Lattice
It did an ok job in keeping bigger mammals from taking up residence, but it never looked great.

When we installed the new Cedar Deck, we skirted using thinner cedar boards ...
IIRC they are tongue & groove
Cut to fit, and hung vertically (not horizontally)
So no framing required.

Example of what ours kind of looks like


We may alter the look in the future
As we’ve since learned about folks who did similar to us
(Solid skirt vs lattice skirt)
But actually installed a door / trap door panel ...
so the space was easily accessible for storage

As before we put on the skirting we quite liked putting our supply of foldable lawn chairs under there

If yours is Trex, you could still do something similar with either PT Wood or Cedar
Then paint it to match the colour of your Trex

Or here’s an example / tutorial on composite skirting
Complete with storage access
https://www.decks.com/how-to/703/deck-s ... and-fascia
Deal Guru
May 29, 2006
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i would not put trex skirting other then the 1st board, its super expensive, like 90 dollars per skirting board.

i would just do 1 skirting board and leave the underside exposed.
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I would use Trex for skirting. You spent the money and time to do the deck boards and railings with something that is low maintenance. Why use wood where you'd have to spend time treating the skirting every couple of years?

Edit:. You don't have to use the fascia boards. Can use the deck boards.
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Trex has some siding colour matches that look great. Not vinyl siding (though that would work with the right profile and colour) but instead composite woods meant for decoration only (Siding is really just decoration) that we have used to skirt composite decks. Bigger Rona’s typically have a better display of it
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Jerico wrote: Trex has some siding colour matches that look great. Not vinyl siding (though that would work with the right profile and colour) but instead composite woods meant for decoration only (Siding is really just decoration) that we have used to skirt composite decks. Bigger Rona’s typically have a better display of it
Thanks so much - do you have any more details - product name or link by chance? Thanks again!

Edit: is this what you mean? https://www.trex.com/products/decking/fascia/



I do like these looks:
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WGretzky wrote: Thanks so much - do you have any more details - product name or link by chance? Thanks again!

Edit: is this what you mean? https://www.trex.com/products/decking/fascia/
thats fascia, its like 90$ a board for a 8 inch wide board. plus expensive screws and the tool to make it look nice is expensive.

my stair fronts in this photo are fascia boards.also the boards with the lights on the front of the platform.
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rocking23nf wrote: thats fascia, its like 90$ a board for a 8 inch wide board. plus expensive screws and the tool to make it look nice is expensive.

my stair fronts in this photo are fascia boards.also the boards with the lights on the front of the platform.
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Very nice - what colour is your deck?

Going back and forth with either putting trex boards for skirting, just using pressure treated wood and staining it, or just leaving it open
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Dec 17, 2007
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rocking23nf wrote: thats fascia, its like 90$ a board for a 8 inch wide board. plus expensive screws and the tool to make it look nice is expensive.

my stair fronts in this photo are fascia boards.also the boards with the lights on the front of the platform.
There's no expensive tools or screws needed. Use Fastenmaster Cortex screws and plugs. It comes with the required bit and you can buy the colour matched plugs to whichever brand composite you use
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WGretzky wrote: Very nice - what colour is your deck?

Going back and forth with either putting trex boards for skirting, just using pressure treated wood and staining it, or just leaving it open
thats clam shell by trex.
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schade wrote: There's no expensive tools or screws needed. Use Fastenmaster Cortex screws and plugs. It comes with the required bit and you can buy the colour matched plugs to whichever brand composite you use
the fastenmaster cortex is not for fascia, thats for regular boards where you cant use hidden fasteners.. for fascia you need a tool that makes a indented hole in the board, as the fascia hangs on the special fascia screws.
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PointsHubby wrote: @rocking23nf

Nice looking deck.
And a great backyard set up you got there.
thanks we are very happy with it also, we have a hot tub on order also, and next year some new conversation patio furnature and a fire table.
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rocking23nf wrote: the fastenmaster cortex is not for fascia, thats for regular boards where you cant use hidden fasteners.. for fascia you need a tool that makes a indented hole in the board, as the fascia hangs on the special fascia screws.
There is a version of fastenmaster Cortex for fascia. They also have the Trapease Fastners and colour match plugs for fascia

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