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Old 12-21-2009, 09:30 AM
 
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Hi everyone! We recently bought a house that has trex decking. I am new to trex, and after all the shoveling of the driveway we were to tired to even attempt shoveling the snow off the deck.

Is it bad to leave the snow on trex? Will it ruin the deck? The deck won't collapse will it?

I am wondering since I've never had one of these decks before
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:34 AM
 
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Hi everyone! We recently bought a house that has trex decking. I am new to trex, and after all the shoveling of the driveway we were to tired to even attempt shoveling the snow off the deck.

Is it bad to leave the snow on trex? Will it ruin the deck? The deck won't collapse will it?

I am wondering since I've never had one of these decks before

You need to get every crumb of snow off it, even if it means taking the spouse's toothbrush and cleaning out the crevices and putting it back without telling them what you did.

Nah, should be fine. They're just as sturdy as a regular deck, if not stronger. Unless it was built by a dummy. If its attached to the house, I would clear it off just to give you another way to get out of the house and into the side or back yard (depending on where it is).

The one thing you do want to do is to see how much snow is on your roof. If there is quite a lot, I would suggest getting a ladder and a shovel and taking some of it off. I've done that plenty of times at my old place.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:02 AM
 
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If the deck was not properly framed you could have problems, but that would apply for most decks.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:31 AM
 
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No problem...
Heck you can even use rock salt on it. Just rinse it off when it's practical to do so.

Stay away from metal shovels though, that could scratch it.
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:17 AM
 
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The material itself will not be harmed by snow or water, but if the weight is an issue...then it doesn't matter what the deck is made of. But if built properly, it shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:31 PM
 
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Trex is a mixture of recycled plastic and sawdust heal together with a polimer. The material won't be affected by the snow at all, but the other posters mentioned that it will be fine if installed correctly. That is because trex needs almost double the underpinning of a wood deck. An easy test if it was installed correctly is if you have walked on it and it bouces when you walk, then you have to get the snow off it, if it didn't bouce, it is fine.
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:06 PM
 
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Hi Jackie78: I am a representative of Trex and wanted to address your question. Snow will not damage your Trex deck when properly installed. We do not recommend the use of a metal shovel on Trex decking as it may scratch the surface of your Trex deck. You can use rock salt on your Trex deck, as LitTownBlues mentioned, and rinse off when first practical. If I can answer any further questions, please let me know. Pat M - Trex question@trex.com
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:34 AM
 
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Thanks everyone for your replies! PatM....thank you also. As pjes posted about the bouncing.....i definitely didn't notice any bouncing the couple of times we walked on it. I just wish this snow would melt already! LOL
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:49 AM
 
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I built my TREX deck in 1995, and was one of the first in Nassau to do so. I had to get the TREX from a supplier in Riverhead.

Anyway, I've never removed the snow and it's been fine. The structure is over-designed enough to support stacked cars.
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