Does Trex Decking or composite decking need to be installed differently than wood decking?


If you ask a pro, installing Trex Transcends composite decking is different from installing wood decking. This blog will outline the differences.

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal relaxing backyard!

When it comes to installing wood decking, you start by separating the good boards from the bad ones (in the industry, it’s called “culling out”). This is time consuming and costly. Wood deck boards come in standard lengths (12′, 14′, 16′, and 20′ are typical sizes that are available at most lumber yards or stores). When you lay out your deck, you will most likely have to saw off the ends to fit the joist spacing as there is rarely a deck that perfectly matches the length of all the deck boards needed. It is most effective to screw down the wood deck boards as the screws prevent boards from curling much more than nails or staples will. You also need to use proper spacing between the boards depending on if you are installing it in cold weather or warm weather as well as the spacing where deck boards meet the fascia or even the house wall.

Pressure-treated wood deck stained with pergola and outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

Pressure-treated wood deck stained with pergola and outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex deck boards do not need to “culled out” as composite decks are amazingly engineered and have little to no variation. When you go to fasten Trex, it is best to use the steel clip system that provides for hidden fastening for a clean look. The other advantage to their system is it creates perfect spacing between each board. Because of the high cost of composite decking, the cuts are critical to eliminate waste. Best to call a pro in as while you may think you are saving money on the front end, we end up fixing quite a few Trex decks where the DIY guy gave it a go! To see wonderful Trex photos, go to our Charlotte Trex deck photo gallery on our website.

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