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Has anyone recently replaced a deck and have an idea about the price difference between a wood deck and a vinyl one with railings? I am leaning toward vinyl with railings just because of the maintenance, I think it would be a lot easier than wood, but my husband wants wood. We're not doing it until next year so I don't want to go to the trouble of calling people out for quotes, just looking for a general idea of whether one costs significantly more than the other. TIA!
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Oh and another thing. When getting quotes see how much the company charges for the demo of your old deck. I had one company tell me $1000. Say whaa???!
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One big difference is with wood you need to restain every couple of years..(extra $ & time)...but with vinyl you have to keep washed regularly or it looks worse than the wood would if left unkept.
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I called all the major suppliers and that was their POV too.
In the end we went with Sleggs Lumber and got the 2x6 pressure treated wood boards with the rounded edges.
The ONLY paint that can go on non-cured pressure treated wood (wood bought from the store and not let sit outside for a year) is sold at the Benjamin Moore Store on Keating Crossroads. It is called Sansil PTL http://www.sansin.com/ext_ptl.html It is the only stain that will stick. It has a great coverage though. We bought 3 cans and used only 1 for our 12x16 deck with stairs.
Althought the composite was quite a bit more, we figured by the time our contractor picked through the cedar to find straight pieces, stained and treated each piece, etc. it would be almost the same cost in labour as the difference in price. We bought Trex brand which is very durable - very thick and heavy, waterproof, insect repellent, low maintenance, made with recycled wood and plastic bags and we can walk around in our barefeet without worrying about splinters. It has a wood grain finish so it looks nice. I'll post pictures once the decks are done (late July hopefully)
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