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What should have been a warning to stop the job happened not long after they began putting up the inside fascia on a side beam. Bear in mind that these materials are made by TimberTek, and are PVC- not wood or composite. They require somewhat different working methods and installation. We knew this and we based our decision to hire
The next warning we had involved some pieces of fascia attached on the outside of the deck. They installed this piece using a lot of nails, again, (albeit stainless steel pin nails) to hold the fascia. In this case they were not using just one or two to hold it while they drilled the screw holes, they nailed all across the surface just as if they were nailing wood. Again, I questioned them about this, and again I was told it was all right. They needed the nails and it would not hinder the expansion and contraction of the board.
The third warning involved a solution the carpenter devised regarding a downspout that was in the way of the fascia. One day early in the project, I came out to find that the carpenter discovered the downspout was going to be in the way of the fascia he was installing. He took it upon himself to cut a section in the fascia so the downspout would fit. This left an opening in the fascia for insects, birds, and what-have-you to get into the space. (See photo #3.) He already had it finished by the time I saw it, but he asked if it was OK. This took me by surprise. Unfortunately, I didn’t object right away, which was my mistake. I kept
A day or so later there was another warning. We wanted the four posts supporting the upper deck enclosed with the same fascia material. The posts each sit on a round concrete footing. Each footing is a minimum of 16” above the ground, necessitating the use of some kind of skirting to cover it and transition up to the post. (See photo #4.) At our request they built these with trim at the base of the column. They made this trim by taking a fascia board and sawing off the lengthwise
The construction of the post skirts was another issue. We never liked their solution.
We not only had problems with the trim and fascia, we also had problems Just like the decking and fascia, we wanted the ceiling to be low maintenance, so we chose a PVC product from Azek. The boards look like bead board like you might see on a normal porch ceiling. The company recommended gluing the boards in place, with nails toe nailed where they wouldn’t be visible. Azek recommended a glue they would supply, which would help keep the boards attached to the supports underneath them to keep them from bowing down in-between, and to help reduce the need for a lot of face nailing.
One problem with this product is keeping them clean. I saw comments on the Azek web site from other contractors discussing keeping them clean. I
Aside from that, there were other issues. One was with the ceiling lights. We already had an electrician install the wiring for the lights, and determine their placement. Their placement was noted for
The original plan called for the ceiling boards to be installed perpendicular to the wall house, while
For a job that should not have been so difficult, I felt exhausted. I never felt all that much confidence in the way ”
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