Synthetic deck mat'ls vs. natural cedar: opinions?
Our big Alaskan white cedar deck built in 1996 has some rotting places (under table & chairs, unless we remember to constantly move them) so we're thinking of replacing the cedar with one of the new synthetics (Trex? Others?) but don't know anything. At the same time we could add a 2nd deck about 4 ft. lower down the slope, other side of orig. deck's perennial borders (stairs connecting them). The orig. deck is 3-4 ft. above the ground, and the new one would be 0-1.5 ft. above the ground.
Has anyone any opinions on the new synthetic deck materials? Do they come in a "natural" brownish-grey finish so as to look like weathered cedar? Do they have to be annually treated? I do like low maintenance but I also like natural looks.