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Old 03-26-2012, 11:17 PM
 
Location: North Burb Chicago
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Anyone here know anything about Lowes brand ChoiceDek, composite decking?

I've tried to search and have found very little. The few links I've found are pretty much other people asking about ChoiceDek.

Help?
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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A history of the company that makes it-
Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:AERT)

It's definitely not my first choice. There has also been a lot of legal ramblings with AERT, Inc. Some of it petty in my eye, some could have long term consequences.

For alternative decking choices, the Top of my list-
Azek (not a composite)

I wouldn't necessarily call them the best, but probably top 10 composites-
Evergrain
Timbertech
The bottom of this list would be Trex ( the original type- there are other lines)

Even though there is annual maintenance I still like the REAL THING.
And for those that are environmentally conscious, real wood has a very small carbon footprint compared to composites and/or PVC.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:14 AM
 
Location: North Burb Chicago
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I have one company offering Trex Transcend ... their top of the line composite?
Another company works with ChoiceDek.
The price difference between the two proposals is about $600 or so.


I would have preferred all wood as well but the wife pulled out the rank card and vetoed that idea real quick....
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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I have one company offering Trex Transcend ... their top of the line composite?
Another company works with ChoiceDek.
The price difference between the two proposals is about $600 or so.


I would have preferred all wood as well but the wife pulled out the rank card and vetoed that idea real quick....

Here's my take-
stay away from the guy that works with Choicedek. Since Lowe's is the retail supplier (meaning you're paying retail prices). I call BS on that real quick. Any knowledgeable and business savvy deck builder will have established accounts with material suppliers other than big box retailers.
This affords him reasonable prices that he can pass-on to his client- it also gives him material choices that you would not other wise have at Orange&Blue.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:24 PM
 
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Even the orginal Trax when well done has shown that it satnds up well. About the only choice in many marine envoronments where they have worked so well.
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:16 PM
 
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Here's my take-
stay away from the guy that works with Choicedek. Since Lowe's is the retail supplier (meaning you're paying retail prices). I call BS on that real quick. Any knowledgeable and business savvy deck builder will have established accounts with material suppliers other than big box retailers.
This affords him reasonable prices that he can pass-on to his client- it also gives him material choices that you would not other wise have at Orange&Blue.
I had Choicedek, and it looked as good 8 years later (when I sold the house) as it did the day it was installed. On the other hand, I've personally known 2 people that have had to completely replace their Trex decks, because of peeling and the boards falling apart.
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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I had Choicedek, and it looked as good 8 years later (when I sold the house) as it did the day it was installed.
I never said it was inferior to any other brand. I was merely making an observation about their marketing (which means dollars to a consumer).
On the other hand, I've personally known 2 people that have had to completely replace their Trex decks, because of peeling and the boards falling apart.
I don't use Trex, nor do I encourage anyone too. I personally think the stuff is crap (I'm being kind in my word choice). As I previously stated, I "prefer" the real thing- but if someone asked me my own personal preference other than wood it would be PVC; not composite. That's why Azek is at the top of my list.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:53 PM
 
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If this helps any: we are tired of staining our 500sq ft cedar deck and there are some warped boards that need replacing. I am waiting for a quote from a local guy that showed me Azek (from Allentown, PA). I did some research and couldn't find anything negative about them. He also showed me Wolf. From what I remember Wolf left Azek and started his own Co. So with that said the products may be identical and my contractor said I can get the Wolf product at a better price.

[url=http://www.prosalesmagazine.com/leadership/wolf-ceo-details-goals-after-dropping-azek.aspx]Wolf CEO Details Goals After Dropping AZEK - Leadership, Customer Service, Exteriors, Wood, Distributors - ProSales Online[/url]

Still waiting for quotes and will definitely do more research.
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Anyone here know anything about Lowes brand ChoiceDek, composite decking?

I've tried to search and have found very little. The few links I've found are pretty much other people asking about ChoiceDek.

Help?
ChoiceDek is a more environmentally friendly choice then Azek.

ChoiceDek is made from recycled plastic bags and bottles, PET plastic (polyethyline terephthalate) which is used to coat wood fibers before extruding it into the deck products.

Azek is made from PVC plastic which has enormous negative environmental impacts.

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HBN - Environmental Impacts of PVC Building Materials - Summary of Findings
The manufacture, use, and disposal of PVC poses substantial and unique environmental and human health hazards. Across the world, governments, companies, and scientific organizations have recognized the hazards of PVC. In virtually all European nations, certain uses of PVC have been eliminated for environmental reasons, and several countries have ambitious programs to reduce PVC use overall. Scores of communities have PVC avoidance policies, and dozens of green buildings have been built with little or no PVC. Firms in a variety of industries have announced measures to reduce PVC consumption and are using or producing alternative materials in a variety of product sectors, including building materials. This paper discusses the hazards of the PVC lifecycle that have led to this large scale movement away from PVC products.
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:38 PM
 
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Choicedek is actually a decent product. Made by the same people that make Moistureshield on the professional end. Will fade considerably and will stain if you let debris sit on the deck. Trex has had a lot of problems historically. Trex has been the leader and everyone learns from Trex's mistakes. Today's Trex products are of nice quality, expecially the Trancends Colors. Azek is really a tremendous product. Being a cellular PVC it will not Fade or Stain and is very difficult to scratch. I would really be concerned with a knockoff PVC product because the chemistry has to be right. There are good Composites and some really bad composites. I can easily reccomend Timbertech, Trex, Fiberon and Azek.
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