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TimberTech XLM Plank Decking

 
Approximate retail price:
$650
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Type: Plastic decking materials
About - TimberTech XLM Plank

The TimberTech XLM Plank is part of the decking test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, decking material models like the XLM Plank 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 - TimberTech XLM Plank
info Grained/smooth sides No
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3.0
XLM decking has faded a lot!
12/19/2014
Pros
Faded
Cons
Best Uses
Not Slippery
Comment:
In winter 2011, we had a deck builder use Timbertech (now Azec) XLM decking for a small deck and steps next to our new screen porch. After almost four years, the wooden screen porch and wooden floor inside the porch look great, but the XLM deck floor is stained and the top railing of the deck is faded almost to white in many areas. Of course, the warranty doesn't cover fading! The deck is in an area which receives sun only in the afternoon and is partially shaded by trees. I wanted to use the XLM decking because it was recommended as being mildew resistant and less slippery than other composite materials. It isn't slippery, even when wet, and we don't have any mildew, but the deck is stained in some places and I haven't found anything to clean the stains off. I especially hate the fading since the deck really doesn't look very good now!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Highly Expensive Heartbreak
9/7/2014
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
Beautiful Trex Earthwood Evolutions deck put on our home in June. Within a week, the deck boards were covered with extensive scuff marks [they won't budge with cleaning], as well as scratches. My deck chairs all have appropriate rubber cushioning on bottom of legs. Have gotten no satisfaction from Timbertech representative, who proposed that the scuff marks were new deck syndrome and would fade in 8-10 weeks. The deck has now undergone about ten weeks of 'weathering' and shows no signs of fading scuffs nor scratches. My husband suspects that we received defective product. If anyone has had experience with this extensive scuffing of the deck boards, I would appreciate hearing your comments. I expect I will end up in court over this, as Timbertech continues to make excuses, and my contractor has been zero help, despite bringing this issue to his attention back in June.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Abject Failure
9/2/2014
Pros
Cons
Fades
Peels
Product failure
Best Uses
Comment:
We bought the XLM decking for its stated ability to resist fading and be (almost) maintenance free. Instead, within two years, the fading from normal sunlight was so bad we had to have it replaced at manufacturers expense. <br />The claim is that this was a one-time defect; Hard to believe their product quality is so bad that it slipped through.
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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