5 Advantages of Composite Decks Made of Trex
When building a deck on your house there are countless decisions to make. The size, the shape, the design, all of these things need to be carefully considered. One of the biggest decisions to make the the material the deck will be built out of. This may not seem like one of the most important decisions, but it will have a huge impact on the overall durability and maintenance requirements of the deck. Trex is a great material for long lasting, low maintenance decks. Let’s look at the pros of Trex decking.
When it comes to decking, Trex is miles ahead of lumber in terms of durability. Not only is Trex stronger, it also is less prone to damage and last significantly longer. Pressure treated lumber decks will last about fifteen years while Trex decks can last over thirty.
In addition to its lasting power, Trex also won’t warp over time like traditional wood, nor will it splinter or crack during extreme temperatures. Traditional wood decks also fade over time in the sunlight, but Trex remains vibrant for years.
The design of composite decking has come a long way. Trex is made to look and feel like real wood and comes in a wide variety of colors and styles. Trex allows homeowners to have the look and feel of expensive hardwoods without the constant upkeep and environmental damage over time.
Trex is also an environmentally friendly option as it is made of recycled materials. So instead of trees being cut down and milled, Trex gives homeowners the look and feel of wood that is actually made from recycled wood scraps, newspapers, sawdust, and other left over materials.
The maintenance, or lack thereof, of Trex is another major reason why so many homeowners choose it over traditional wood. As mentioned above, traditional wood splinters and fades over time, needing resanding and restaining over the years. Trex, on the other hand, retains its original shape, texture and color year after year.
In addition to sanding and staining, wood decks also need to be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent mildew and dirt build up. Trex is naturally resistant to mold and mildew. Trex materials are also slip resistant.
Long Term Cost
While Trex may cost more than traditional lumber up front, over the course of the years it will prove itself to be an economical option. The added lifespan of Trex combined with the nonexistent maintenance cost make it an affordable option for homeowners who plan to stay put long term.
If you are in the market for a new deck and are considering Trex, call us at Outdoor Specialties today! We specialize in building Trex decks in Maryland and we’d love to discuss your project with you and answer any questions you may have! Give us a call today to get started!