Trex Decking, Railing and Stairs
When selecting the material for your deck project there are many factors to consider, including cost, durability, and overall appearance. Trex Decking products are a great option when you want a natural look and feel without the maintenance of actual wood decks.
What is Trex?
Trex composite decking is a wood-alternative made from 95% recycled materials - a combination of ground-up wood from sawmills and furniture factories, and polyethylene plastic from commonly discarded products like stretch wrap, milk jugs and grocery bags. It comes in a wide array of colors and can even be matched to your home's exterior.
Advantages of Trex Composite Decking
Compared to wood, composite decks are exceptionally low maintenance. All Trex products are mold and mildew resistant and won't rot, crack, or attract termites. It never needs sanding, sealing or staining. An annual scrub with a mild soap is all it'll take to easily restore the surface to its original beauty.
Strength and Durability
Trex decking is stain resistant and splinter free, and it really holds up to harsh weather. It can be easily cut and molded to achieve curves, inlays, and creative details and designs without sacrificing strength or performance. Trex boards can be as long as 20 ft., which means fewer end joints. Stainless steel hidden fasteners eliminate the chance for screws to work their way up through the surface of the board, and specially engineered screws hold miters tight on fascia and other details.
While wood inevitably turns gray over time, the early generation composite deck boards experience only a slight fade after 12-16 weeks, and the newest, high-performance composites fight weather and age with a protective polymer outer shell that eliminates fading altogether. Trex also offers a 25 year Stain & Fade Warranty that will ensure the colors will stay as vibrant and beautiful as the day they were installed.
No trees are cut down in the creation of Trex products. Through the manufacturing process, Trex keeps more than 200,000 tons of plastic and hardwood scraps out of American landfills each year. Every 10 square ft. of Trex decking contains nearly 3,000 recycled plastic shopping bags and 1,100-gallon milk jugs.
Disadvantages of Trex Composite Decking
High Initial Cost
While the initial cost of a Trex composite deck is usually around 30-40% higher than a wood deck, the annual cost of maintaining a wood deck (sanding, stripping and staining) generally makes up the difference in 8-10 years.
Scratching and Staining
Composite decking is strong, but it's not completely indestructible. Scratches could occur from moving furniture or excited pets, and grease from outdoor grilling can stain if it's not cleaned up quickly.
The planks in composite decking are heavier than wood, which means it's more prone to sagging. Using more joists is a common practice to prevent this from happening.
Some composite decking, especially darker colors, can get very hot in direct sunlight. Lighter colored and deeper grooved boards are generally more barefoot friendly.
Is a Trex Deck the Right Choice for You?
No matter what material you decide to use, Woodland Deck can help turn your outdoor living space into a great asset for your home. Contact us today to discuss your next deck project or to get an estimate. Also check out our article discussing the differences between TimberTech vs Trex.