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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Learn more about Trex decks in Charlotte on our Trex web page.

 

What are the latest decking trends?

Archadeck of Charlotte is one of the largest design/ build firms for outdoor living in the  USA. As the largest of the over 50 Archadeck franchises in the country, we have built over 23,000 jobs over the past 28 years in the Carolinas.

Like anything else, things change over time. What are the latest decking trends? There is a continued push to low-maintenance materials such as Trex Transcends composite deck and rail, Travertine stone decks, Flagstone raised patios, etc….

We are seeing a big push for picture framing decks with accent colors and materials. People are looking more and more to make their outdoor living space more than just a deck. They prefer an integrated outdoor living oasis. Decks are a big part of this, specifically for homes that are built on crawl spaces as homeowners do not want to negotiate steps right out their back door.

 

When we design decks today, people want outdoor kitchens that are conveniently built right on the deck such as the one shown above. They love fire features such as this wood burning outdoor fireplace built into the ground and up to the surface of the deck, wonderful for entertaining! The travertine tile deck above is both elegant and easy on the feet.

To find a complete photo gallery of deck trends, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

 

What is the best way to have your deck boards run?

Multi-level deck with stone outdoor fireplace by Archadeck of Charlotte

Multi-level deck with stone outdoor fireplace by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends deck and fire pit by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends deck and fire pit by Archadeck of Charlotte

Customers are wanting their decks to be as much of a fashion statement as they are built well. A common question we get at Archadeck is, “what is the best way to have my deck boards run?”

We typically recommend running the deck boards on a diagonal for three reasons but there are exceptions to this:

1. This will normally allow us to build your deck without splices as most decks are designed wider than the actual projection away from the house.

2. This construction method allows for structural integrity as the boards span multiple floor joists and avoids “racking”

3. The diagonal pattern is pleasing to most of our customers from an aesthetic appeal standpoint.

The exceptions are as follows:

1. When using composite decking, most manufactures recommend spacing the floor joists 12″ on center when using composites due to the weight

2. When you are looking at cutting some cost and the dimensions of the deck are designed for standard lumber sizes to eliminate waste

To see some pretty deck board designs, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

If you want the best education on Trex composite decking, see our Trex page and Trex YouTube Channel

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Transcends composite deck and rail with architectural steps

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Transcends composite deck and rail with architectural steps

Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing and building Trex composite decks for over 18 years! We have so much knowledge and experience with the product that we developed an exclusive page just for Trex information and for our Trex YouTube video playlist on our channel!

We have dedicated an entire space in our web site to a photo gallery, design ideas, and learning we share from our 26 years experience with decks in Charlotte, NC. The You Tube channel has a vast array of designs and color choices for Trex Transcends composite decks and rail.

We even utilize Trex for things like outdoor showers, benches, walkways, porch walls, pergolas, and screen porch trim detail.

Trex Transcends deck and rail with vertical deck skirting and an outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends deck and rail with vertical deck skirting and an outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

Lake Norman Outdoor Living Growth

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

Lake Norman is one of the largest lakes in the Carolina’s. Situated north and west of Charlotte, NC, it is hundreds of miles of shoreline with the perfect blend of privacy and happening areas. There are small coves that are great escapes, active boating and fishing areas, and gorgeous lake front homes that rival any wonderful beach front properties.

With all of the development of these homes on and around the lake, the residents want to enjoy Carolina’s ideal year around weather and be outside more and more. Even those with more modest homes are investing in grand outdoor living spaces. The spaces typically include a deck, a patio, a screen porch, an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, and elaborate outdoor kitchens.

The biggest growth seems to be in shade structures where you and your guests can be outside comfortably with a ceiling fan under the covered porch or patio and protected from the hot sun. The designs are endless and with the expanded growth in demand for outdoor living around Lake Norman, the features continue to push the envelope with all of the amenities we are accustomed to inside being designed and built for the outdoors! Go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com to see great Lake Norman outdoor spaces.

What are my deck stair and patio stair design options? Things to consider!

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this lattice privacy screen to keep neighbors view limited

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this lattice privacy screen to keep neighbors view limited with flared Trex composite stairway

Deck and patio stair designs vary greatly from house to house and person to person. The mixing of various substrates, sizes, and styles make it quite confusing for homeowners. There are some factors to consider prior to having the stairs designed.

Are you most interested in function or form? How does budget play into your decision making process? Is safety a concern as you may have small children or elderly parents? How many steps are going to be necessary to get from the deck or patio down to grade? Have you considered a multi-tiered approach to break up the number of continuous steps?

Archadeck of Charlotte is a leading design/ build firm that does outdoor living as a specialty and has constructed over 23,000 structures over the past 26 years with many requiring stairways. We are often consulted on various design ideas for steps and have a large photo gallery on-line at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com where they can be viewed.

Higher up deck and patios require more thought with the design to make sure you have the proper spacial planning and safety thoughts while in the design phase. There are web sites like eshow that have additional ideas on steps and companies like Archadeck that can design and build!

Privacy screening and lattice options

A common question we get at Archadeck of Charlotte is, “What are my options for privacy screen or lattice options? We have designed and built many porches, pergolas, and decks where sometimes there are neighbors on one side that are very close to your outdoor living space .

What are your options?

1. A lattice privacy wall can be constructed with footings in the ground or posts attached to your deck or patio

2. A solid privacy wall (5′ – 6′ is the typical desired height) with pressure-treated wood or even composite boards for low-maintenance

3. A drop shade on a remote control made for the outdoors

4. Stone, brick, or masonry walls can be designed and built

The beauty of any of these options is they can be custom built to only block out the desired area and built to blend in architecturally with the outdoor space. To get some great privacy screening ideas, visit our photo gallery at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com