Synthetic decking prevails against the elements

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Q: I read your column about how to seal wood decks. My deck is made of a product called Trek. I would like to know how to seal this particular type of wood. It has developed a rather dirty look and I would like to clean it up. Any suggestions? A: We're betting your deck is built from a synthetic material sold under the brand name of Trex. Trex is one of many engineered lumber products made from wood byproducts such as sawdust and wood chips, developed as a more environmentally friendly alternative to wood. According to the manufacturer, Trex is made primarily from hardwood sawdust and recycled polyethylene plastic grocery sacks and plastic wrap. Engineered lumber products have developed rapidly over the past few decades to the point that, in some ways, they are superior to wood. Engineered lumber is more moisture resistant and thus more stable. It expands and contracts less with changes in humidity and temperature and does not warp or twist. In fact, Bill is planning a large deck ...