composite or pressure treated lumber? Help please
We are soon going to be having a new built. We were all set to go with a composite material (Trex), but after reading on this site and others, I'm not so sure its the best idea. Some of the pictures of mold that I've seen have been really disturbing. I also read that the mold may actually come from inside the planks, because it is pulp/filler that is covered by porous plastic. Is that true?
My contractor says that they now have an improved version that supposedly doesn't have the same degree of problem with mold. Has anyone else heard about this?
I'm thinking that if I have to wash my Trex deck twice a year, I might as well go with pressure treated lumber, at a significant savings, and deal with cleaning and sealing it when necessary. Is there something I'm missing in this line of thinking?
More expensive composites and Ipe are not really a consideration. I would consider a composite that was similarly priced to Trex if it were a better product.
Any comments or ideas would be greatly appreciated.