Trex decking is known to be one of the best deck products makers in the world. Although at Zenna Decks, we work with a range of manufacturers, we love Trex decking materials because of their beauty, durability, color-range, accessory options and installation features. In fact, we have such extensive experience with the product that we are a Trex certified deck installer.
Trex Decking. What Is It?
Since the founding of the company in 1996, Trex has invented, defined and perfected the composite deck category, becoming the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking products and one of the most popular types of decking in the U.S.
While Trex looks like natural wood, it is actually a strong and durable composite that is made from recycled materials including plastic, wood fibers, and a bonding agent. What some people don’t know is that using Trex decking for your outdoor deck project is a more eco-friendly option than natural wood because no new trees are cut down in the manufacturing process and all of materials are recycled. Furthermore, Trex is more durable than wood, which is a huge plus!
The Benefits of Trex Decking
When building a new backyard deck, Trex offers many advantages including:
Trex is more expensive than wood in terms of upfront cost, but it is more long lasting and durable in the long run and maintenance costs are much lower. Furthermore, Trex decks do not get damaged by water and can be easily cleaned at the beginning of each season. Because of these factors, Trex decks are often less expensive than wood decks when considering the life of the deck.
Known for its beauty and appearance, Trex is a very strong material that can be used to build extremely durable decks. Furthermore, Trex decking will last longer than any other type of composite deck material available on the market today and has the ability to stand up to intense pressure and huge temperature swings.
Although the weather we experience in South Jersey and the greater Philadelphia isn’t as extreme as in some parts of the United States, we still experience periods of searing heat, damaging rain and hail and other weather events that can impact your deck. The Trex material is able to hold up against all of our region’s weather events.
Cleaning Is Simple
Wood decks require frequent staining (or painting) and resealing in order to maintain their durability and looks. For some of the older decks in our area, this means that maintenance needs to occur nearly every year. With a Trex deck, a simple cleanup with soap and water is all that is typically needed after a long winter.
Pest & Insect Resistance
It is a fact of nature that wooden decks are magnets for damaging and unwanted pests like carpenter bees and termites. Stopping them from eating your wood deck every year can represent considerable effort and cost. Since it is mostly an artificial material, Trex doesn’t suffer from destruction by wood boring pests.
Eco-Friendly Materials & Process
Trex decking is made from 95% recycled materials, making it an excellent choice for those who want to use environmentally-sound materials in the construction of their new deck.
Some of the recycled materials used to make Trex include:
- Plastic grocery bags
- Plastic newspaper bags
- Toilet paper paper towel packaging
- Water bottle packaging
- Dry cleaning plastic.
As one of the largest plastic film recyclers in the U.S., Trex recycling saves 1 billion+ pounds of plastic film and reclaimed wood from landfills each year.
- A standard 16-foot Trex board contains recycled material from approximately 2,250 plastic bags.
- The average 500 square-foot composite Trex deck contains more than 140,000 recycled plastic bags, films, and wraps.
- The entire high-performance Trex decking portfolio is manufactured using more than 95% recycled content.
Compared to wood decking, which is primarily made from new timber harvested from forests Trex is definitely the environmentally sound choice.
Although most composite decking material is designed for strength and safety, Trex provides a relatively better experience for homeowners. In our Trex decks, no nail goes through the deck itself, which makes it a safe place to walk on barefoot.
Trex is slip resistant, which makes it easy to clean with water. Unlike wood it does not have any splinters and can be walked on barefoot. You don’t have to worry about your kids playing on the deck as the modern decking is one of the safest home improvement experiences you’ll ever get.
Beauty & Aesthetics
In order to fit the character of your home, the aesthetics of a deck is of utmost importance. If you are using wood for a deck, you must look at the color and natural wood grain of the pieces you are using in construction first.
Trex decking offers a variety of colors to choose from, making it much easier to match your vision for your home. You also will avoid stains and fading, which a common problem with wood decking.
Deck Accessory Materials
So that customers can customize the deck of their dreams, Trex offers a wide range of accessory parts and materials including:
- Outdoor lighting
- And much more…
Trex Transcend® Lineage™
Anyone who has considered building a new deck knows that the material it’s made out of matters. And most people considering a deck already know that Trex is famous for making deck material that is durable, eco-friendly, weather resistant, strong and, most importantly, beautiful. Now, Trex has come up with a new level of innovation with their line of Trex Transcend® Lineage™ Deck Boards.
For the highest level of performance, aesthetic and beauty, you need to consider Trex Transcend Deck Boards to breathe life into your new deck and outdoor living space. With beautiful earth and tropical color palettes, as well as a beautiful new woodgrain and knot appearance, Trex Transcend Deck Boards provide the look and feel of exotic wood blended with the lasting endurance of composite material. Homeowners can choose from the eye-catching finishes of Gravel Path, Havana Gold, Island Mist, Lava Rock, Rope Swing, Spiced Rum, Tiki Torch, and Vintage Lantern.
Pest, fade and stain resistant, Trex Transcend decking gives your deck effortless style while requiring very little in the way of regular maintenance and upkeep. With its solid board profile, Trex Transcend is the perfect choice for homeowners seeking to add a unique curved deck design to their space – Trex Transcends sturdy structure is strong enough to withstand any angle.
Some of the other benefits of Trex Transcend include:
Subtle, Neutral Colors
Transcend Lineage comes in two lighter, on-trend colors: Biscayne and Rainier. These tranquil tones create a clean canvas for your outdoor space.
Cooler Under the Sun
Reflects the sun and your sense of style. Transcend Lineage is engineered to keep your deck cooler, even on the hottest days.
Fade, Stain, Scratch & Mold-Resistant
Transcend decking maintains its vibrant color and luxurious finish—come scorching sun or red-wine spill—thanks to its unyielding shell protection. (Not to mention simple soap-and-water cleanup.)
Designing & Building Your Trex Deck
Zenna Decks is your local Trex Deck expert. If you would like to talk about a Trex Deck or any other deck project, please call us to set up a fee, no obligation consultation. Our team is here to help you create the deck of your dreams.