Planning on installing Trex Composite Decking yourself?

Trex Composite dekcing installed by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends composite deck and fascia in Charlotte, NC

Are you planning on installing Trex Composite decking yourself? There are a few things you should really consider before attempting to do this.

1. How much experience do you have structuring decks?

2. Do you have the appropriate tools to cut and secure with?

3. Are you familiar with the warranty requirements and installation instructions?

4. Are you familiar with the structural support requirements as composite decking is heavier than wood?

Purchasing Trex or any other composite decking is not inexpensive. We have seen many “do-it-yourselfers” really screw up the job and it ends up costing far more than if they had hired a professional in the first place!

Trex requires a 12″ on center joist spacing if you are going to install the deck boards on a diagonal. You also need to make sure you have the appropriate saw blade. In addition, there are various fasteners to choose from, many of which do not work well with Trex. To understand more about composite decking and installation, visit

Patio or Deck, how do I decide?

Travertine stone raised patio in Charlotte by Archadeck with stone steps

Travertine stone raised patio in Charlotte by Archadeck with stone steps

How does one go about deciding whether to build a patio or deck? This is a common dilemma for homeowners. Some recommendations from Archadeck of Charlotte are highlighted below.

The first thing to consider when you are looking at whether to build a deck or a patio is the grade of your land. If you are living in a home where it is built on slab and there is little to no slope to your grade where you want to build the structure, a patio is a logical choice. In addition, look at the height of your back door threshold from grade and make sure there is at least 6″ so there is enough room to add “sleepers” to construct a deck. Otherwise, you would need to have a free-standing deck that you would need to build a step to go up to.

If you are living on a home constructed on a crawl space, a deck can be a natural selection because you can adjust the height of the deck to accommodate any rise and add attractive design options like making the deck mulch-level. This even gives you the option of designing a deck and a patio together.

We have great deck design options and patio options to view at

What are the best options for pool decks and spa decks?

wood deck with hot tub and low voltage deck lights

outdoor living room with custom deck and hot tub

Pool decks and spa decks are growing in popularity once again as our economy heats up. At Archadeck of Charlotte we have seen a large increase in demand, in particular for hot tub/ spa decks. 

The options are many but they are easily narrowed down by your particular circumstances and wants. Materials range from natural woods, stone, and concrete to synthetic materials such a “Cool Deck” and composite materials such as Trex Composite Decking and Railing.

If you want your pool or spa deck to be low maintenance, Trex or other synthetic materials are ideal! If you are looking to keep the costs down, a concrete slab or pressure-treated wood deck are going to be viable options. 

What is most helpful if to contact a professional deck builder and deck designer who can walk you through not only the material options but the options for the deck height for the most functional way to design the access in and out of the hot tub or pool. To see great hot tub deck designs and pool deck designs, go to