I am planning our in ground vinyl pool, and am looking forward to starting the dig as soon as things dry out here in southern California. My concern is in decking materials. I am going to build a deck about 18 inches above the ground, and only about 180 to 200 sq feet.
I looked at a few composites, including ChoiceDek from Lowe's, then read about the mold problems including a class action lawsuit. The customer reviews were pretty bad too. I thought about Trex, but they had an even more recent mold issue resulting in another class actin lawsuit. Then I see a Yakama brand from Builder's direct that is cheap, but seemed to get better reviews.
Ipe wood seems popular if wood is an option, but I am afraid of maintenance of wood. I have the ability to do the building myself (along with a few friends who know what they are doing), but am afraid of using the wrong material and wasting a ton of money. I am willing to spend a little more to get it right, but not to then have to fight for a warranty or have sagging, stains and mold problems.
I am in Orange county, CA and get lots of sun. PLEASE let me know real world experiences with ChoiceDek and Trex and others, includng Ipe wood. Any feedback, tips and suggestions are helpful.