sikkens ard pt stain vs composite
Looking to have screened porch and very small deck off of porch to put a grill on built. The rear of my house is surrounded by very tall tress so it's a pretty shady area most of the day and I live in the Washington DC area, 4 seasons w/plenty of humidity.
My goal is to have a decent small deck w/only minimal maintenance that will last 20+ years. Reading the various threads on the composites, it seems that no one can tell me what will happen for sure in 5-7 yrs let alone 20. Seems like Trex, TimberTech, Geodeck all have had various issues w/disintegrating, mold/mildew, etc.
Anyways, one contractor feels in my situation, a properly stained PT deck w/Sikkens SRD , redone every 3-5 yrs should outlast any composite. (Of course, I would need them or someone else to restain every 3-5 yrs.) Due to the need to strip and restain so often, he suggested that a composite might be more what I'm looking for. He recommended Trex even when I asked him about TimberTech which he used personally but reports he's had lots of issues w/splintering.
The material that interests me most is IPE which they have plenty of experience with However, in addition to cost, he mentioned that it was relatively high maintenance.
Any thoughts? Seems like each composite has lots of detractors on various websites, yet the few people that I've personally asked have all liked their Trex decks (out to 5 yrs so far).