Trex Decking Materials

Trex decking products are all top of the line systems for your backyard and home. What makes them so unique? For this post, we’re going to consider the differences and strengths that each line (Transcend, Accents, and Enhance) has and why you should consider it for your DIY deck project.

Transcend Composite Decking

Trex Composite Decking

Transcend is a revolutionary product. Its core is a basic composite material: strong, durable, and reliable. However, the difference here is its outer shell. The Transcend™ line’s protective shell is warrantied against fading, staining, and scratching. Each decking board is protected on three sides that protect against the element for superior weather protection.

I have seen a lot of stuff spilled on decks before; however, I have never seen anything impossible to get off of Transcend. I’ve seen tables shift on decks that have left scratches and dents in any other material; however, I’ve never seen anything scratch Transcends.

The one downside with this product is it retains heat. However, all Trex decking materials retain heat like this. The best way to avoid it is to install a pergola or other shade structure to keep the heat off.

Accents Composite Decking

Trex Composite Decking

Accents is the next best thing to Transcends. It comes with the same great stain resistance, but does not have the tough outer coating that allows Transcends to be scratch and fade resistant. However, this product comes in the same colors as Trex Seclusions fencing so they are the perfect match for your yard.

Enhance Composite Decking

Trex Composite Decking

Like Transcend, the high-performance of Trex Enhance is due to a revolutionary three-sided shell that protects against staining, fading and mold. Enhance won’t rot, warp, crack or splinter – and upkeep is hassle- free. Unlike wood, the product requires no sanding, staining or painting, and its protective shell defends against severe weather and heavy foot traffic while being extremely low maintenance. In fact, spills wash off easily with just soap and water. The entire Enhance decking collection is backed by a 20-year Limited Residential Fade and Stain Warranty for lasting peace-of-mind.

Whatever material you decide to use, Trex is perfect solution for your decking needs.

Choosing your Materials

In order to install the perfect deck you need to decide what materials you are going to work with. Here are two major factors to keep in mind as you’re selecting your materials: 1. How much maintenance do you want to do? 2. What is your budget?

Maintenance

There are two options to consider when thinking about the maintenance of a deck: traditional wood and low maintenance. Traditional wood requires frequent maintenance. Between staining twice a year, cleaning weekly, sanding, and treating it you may feel as if you’re constantly working on your deck. Plus, your kids spill one glass of red juice and your wood could be stained permanently. If you’re looking for something that requires less work, then look towards a composite material. Trex Transcend is the material that requires the lowest maintenance. I was just cleaning a Transcend deck this morning and all it took was a hose. The other varieties of Trex offer a similar low maintenance solution, however, they don’t offer the same scratch resistant features that Transcend offers.

Cost

Building deck is a serious investment of your time and money. It will take weekends and weeknights to finish the project. The cheaper material to use is definitely wood. A basic redwood is going to run less than a tropical hardwoord like ipe. Really it comes down to a matter of personal preference on appearance when it comes to choosing to upgrade to ipe. Do you like the color and feel of redwood? Trex decking will cost considerably more than traditional wood, however with that upgrade in cost you also get low maintenance qualities and the longer lasting decking. So you have to factor in those additional maintenance costs (staining, pressure washing, and treatment) into the cost of your deck. Also, consider the time that it will take you to keep your deck looking beautiful.

Whatever material you use, please do your research. While vinyl decking and other materials might be cheeper, look at what you’re getting. Have your estimators show you samples of the decking products. Feel the difference in weight and substance of the deck boards. If possible go to their showroom and see the decks themselves. We encourage you to do your research and find the

What do you consider when selecting materials?

DIY Blog Series

This week we’re rolling out a DIY series that will cover everything you need to install your deck. Here are just a sampling of the topics that we will cover.

  • Choosing Materials
  • Railing Styles
  • Choosing Colors
  • Hardware
  • Under the deck
  • Do I need to replace my Framing?
  • Obtaining Permits/HOA Information
  • Landscaping Considerations
  • Deck Checklist
  • Installing Footers
  • Installing Framing
  • Installing Decks
  • Installing Railing

What topics would you like to read about?