Trex Decking: The Ultimate Guide

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Trex Decking: The Ultimate Guide

Who doesn’t love Trex Decking? 

Getting started on building a new composite deck raises a lot of important questions. What installation company am I going to use? How much money do I need to spend? What style do I want to go with? And is Trex decking right for me?

 

We’ve got the answer to all those questions and more on our blog, but today we’re going to focus on the last one. When deciding what brand of composite to go with for your new deck, check out this guide to see why Trex composite might be right for you.

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What Is Trex Decking?

Trex decking is a composite material made up of high-density wood fiber and and polymer blend. The product is designed to look just like wood planks. Unlike wood though, composite decking never rots, splinters, or warps. Plus, unlike wood decks, it doesn’t require any kind of refinishing. This means even after 25 years your Trex decking will look just as good as when it was installed.

 

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Trex decking comes in a multitude of different styles and colors.  This enables you can match the deck to your home without any trouble or clashing. The design of the planks is all natural, meaning no two pieces of decking are alike. Each piece of Trex even has its own unique grain! Additionally, the boards are made from high-density polyethylene which is a durable, weather resistant material that is resistant to fading and cracking

Is Trex Decking right for me?

When deciding what decking material to go with, it’s crucial to consider your environment. Our harsh winters and blazing summers make Trex decking an ideal choice for building a deck in Michigan.  Even if you live in an area without harsh weather conditions, you can still enjoy the durability and beauty of Trex decking. Those same qualities that makes it weather resistant also prevents it from splintering, rotting, or warping.

How does it compare to other decking materials?

A Trex composite deck doesn’t require much maintenance. With a little soap and water or a quick power wash, you don’t need to spend your valuable summer hours scrubbing away. Wood decks, on the other hand, require constant care and often needs to be re-stained and finished.

 

If you think a composite decking material is the same as PVC decking, think again. Trex decking has been around a lot longer than PVC. It also is a higher quality, more environmentally-friendly material. Trex decking has been evaluated by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, and is listed as a Class 1 material, ensuring that it is safe to make contact with food.  We’re not saying you should eat off your deck…but you could!

 

 

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Additionally, Trex decking is resistant to mold and mildew-causing water, and repels bugs. The boards are loaded with citronella, peppermint, and rosemary oils to ward off biting insects.

How much does Trex cost?

Trex decking is an affordable option and a great investment as your deck will last far longer than the competitors. Depending on where you’re buying it and how much material you are purchasing, you can expect to pay between $9-$16 per square foot. When you compare that with other composite options that can get up to $25 even $38 per square foot, Trex comes out on top.

 

Trex also works out to be cheaper than buying timber, pvc or steel in the long run. If you are looking for a relatively easy to maintain and low cost decking, Trex composite decking is a great option.

Does Trex come with a warranty?

Trex boasts an enviable 25-year structural warranty. While that may not give you lifelong peace of mind, the warranty will cover you in the event that you experience any cracking or splitting on your deck. It also takes care of splintering and the fading of the color. The Trex warranty is even transferable! You can pass it along if you ever decide to sell your home.

Is Trex decking difficult to maintain?

Nope.

One of the major benefits of Trex decking that you can enjoy on a day to day basis is its ease of maintenance. Simply sweep it once in a while to remove any debris or give it a quick mopping to remove dirt. You can use mild soap or detergent to break down any stubborn stains. For tougher dirt and grime, you can also use a power washer and a brush to scrub away. To keep your Trex deck looking sharp, use a garden hose and spray nozzle to spritz the deck every week or so.

Trex offers a high quality and affordable composite deck material that’s a stylish addition to any home. With it’s superior lifespan, easy maintenance, and minimal environmental impacts, Trex should be on everyone’s list when comparing different materials for their new composite deck.

When you’re ready to tackle your decking project reach out to our pros and we’ll be excited to get you on the way to the outdoor space of your dreams.

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