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TimberSIL Decking

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Type: Wood decking materials
About - TimberSIL Decking

The TimberSIL Decking is part of the decking test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, decking material models like the Decking are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Resistance to slipping:
Resistance to slipping is amount of friction for leather and neoprene under wet and dry conditions.

Resistance to flexing:
Resistance to flexing is resistance to bending under load.

Resistance to sagging:
Resistance to sagging is resistance to permanent bending from gravity over time.
Features & Specs - TimberSIL Decking
info Grained/smooth sides No
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User Reviews - TimberSIL Decking
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Timbersil failure on Mid-Atlantic deck
Stains Badly
Subject To Rot
Best Uses
In 2011, we replaced a 20 yr old cedar deck with TimberSIL decking and anticipated at least 20 years of use based upon product literature from the company. Our first indication that we could experience problems came during the fall after the deck was completed in May. An exceptionally wet September resulted in the deck turning black, apparently mildew and tannin staining. This spring (2015) we began seeing mushroom growth, not only on the wetter areas, but also on the very dry railings. One floor board has cracked (close to breaking through), and others are very soft, unlike the very stiff product that was initially installed. We anticipated having to replace this deck in 2016, a very unsatisfactory result of having selected TimberSIL for decking. Perhaps it will work in a desert climate, but not in Bethesda Maryland.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Solid product
Fire retardant
Rot resistant
Best Uses
Holding up well so far.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
not weather resistant
Best Uses
splits, discolors, won't hold any finish in exposed exterior use, only where under cover. This requires annual (at least) sanding and finishing of a large deck, leaving the entire (eave-covered) edge looking like a different product. A very expensive, labor intensive experiment with green intentions.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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