Do Trex decks stain or mildew? Do Trex decks fade?

There is a lot of bad history and bad press out there on – line. If you don’t know what you are really looking at, it can be very misleading.

Trex is the originator of the composite deck industry and in fact, the original product did have these issues. The product faded relatively quickly. It was easy to stain with the spill of any oil based product. Mildew grew easily due to the porous nature of the design.

Along came the invention of Trex Transcends. This was a vast improvement of the original products that solved the major problems consumers complained about. By engineering a cap stock over the original core of the product, the product now has a 25-year fade warranty in addition to protection from staining. The product is so superior that in the previous 7 years, we literally have no callbacks on Trex. So when you do your research on Trex, make sure you are looking at the Trex Transcends!

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Popular deck flooring options in Charlotte

What are the most popular deck flooring options in the Charlotte, NC market? For years it was good old pressure-treated southern yellow pine decking. Today, there are many alternatives and some are taking serious market share.

Above you will see Brazilian hardwood deck called Ipe. This product is known for its durability and beauty and is referred to often as “Ironwood”. The deck next to it has travertine stone tile overlooking Lake Wylie in South Carolina. This provides a very finished look with very low maintenance. Travertine comes in a variety of colors and sizes as well.

Composite decking such as Trex or Azek has grown substantially in popularity primarily for their low-maintenance characteristics. In addition, the manufacturers have done a great job making them appear more like real wood! To see an extensive gallery of deck options, go to

Can you build a patio/ deck in the winter in Charlotte, NC?

We are often asked if you can build a patio or deck in the winter in Charlotte, NC?

The answer is yes! We build year around here with few exceptions. Like anything else, if the weather is below freezing (a rare occurrence during the day here), we would most likely hold off on the patio for sure. A deck can be built in cold weather and the important consideration is the spacing between the boards is different when built in the winter versus the summer for expansion and contraction reasons.


We often are back logged from 2 – 3 months depending on the season so our work progresses year around. If you want your project ready for the spring, you would want to get on the calendar ASAP to insure it could be ready. Do not hesitate to have projects constructed in the winter as we have been doing them successfully for over 28 years now! To see a great photo gallery of outdoor living spaces like the ones above, go to


Great Deck Plans and Deck Designs for backyards in Charlotte

We are often asked for deck plans or deck designs for various backyards in the greater Charlotte, NC market. Our deck plans have been developed over the past 27 years and take many things into consideration.

Decks overlooking water:

A deck plan to overlook water whether it’s Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, Overlook Mountain, or simply a pool is all about the rail! When we put together a deck plan that have a scenic overlook, we want to minimize the line of sight obstacles so as to maximize the view. This can be done through either glass rail, cable rail, thin metal, and so forth. A great way to to maximize the view from the inside of your home is to lower the deck level so it does not osbcure the view from inside the house.

Large Decks for maximum entertaining:

While multi-level decks are beautiful and visually appealing, a functional deck design to maximize space means keeping the entire or most of the deck on one level. This way you can easily arrange furniture, grills and smokers, accessories, and so forth without worrying about a step-down. If you want a small private area for an intimate gathering while all the same time having a lot of space to entertain, building an octagonal off-shoot with it’s own benching is a great touch or perhaps a 10’x10′ recessed area off to one side will do the trick.

Aesthetically Pleasing Decks:

Curves and clipped corners really add to the visual appeal of a deck. Knowing where to place them so you do not cut down on a lot of your square footage is key and consulting a design professional. Here is where multi-level decks really make sense. You can also utilize multiple colors with picture frame borders and decorative insets that really differentiate your deck from any other! We love to design unique decks and have a showroom to show off the options at 2311 Village Lake Drive in Charlotte, NC 28212.

Trex Transcends deck and fire pit by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends deck and fire pit by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends composite deck and rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends Tiki Torch with Trex Transcends Vintage Lantirn skirting and black pvc capped composite rail and an outdoor kitchen on the deck by Archadeck of Charlotte

TimberTech Earthwoods Rosewood Composite deck and rail

Multi-level and pattern composite deck design by Archadeck with composite rail