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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Are people building more wood decks or Trex decks today?

Like everything else in life, people want to know the latest trends. Are people building more with pressure-treated wood or composite decking like Trex?

Each year we are building more and more composite decks here in Charlotte, NC. The drivers remain the same, low-maintenance and long lasting investment. We have people moving here from the north all the time who have already had Trex decks and can’t imagine going back to wood.

The only two reasons people select wood decks are a much lower price point or if they just love the feel of real wood. The older objection from composite decking was that is looked like “fake wood”. With all of the technology enhancements, Trex has been able to replicate a real wood grain with a variety of warm colors that appear to be everything from a stained deck to a real Brazilian Hardwood deck.

We are building about 50% with Trex decking this year. The category is only about 20 years old so the increase has been dramatic. To see the most complete Trex photo gallery, visit our Charlotte Trex decks photo gallery.

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.

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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 to see great Lake Norman outdoor spaces.

Trex Transcends decking color combinations, ideas from the experts!

What are the best Trex Transcends color combinations? Trex has a 5 color pallet choice is the Transcends line that includes a beige called Rope Swing, a gray called Gravel Path, and dark brown called Vintage Lantern, and medium brown called Tree House, and finally a reddish brown called Fire Pit.

Trex Transcends deck and rail by Archadeck of Charlotte with metal Decorator pickets

Trex Transcends deck and rail by Archadeck of Charlotte with metal Decorator pickets

Trex has an upscale color pallet that is called Trex Tropics. The boards are of the same excellent quality of the standard color pallet but have a black streak through them to give them the rich look of Brazilian Hardwoods. There are 4 colors in the line that includes a gray called Island Mist, a dark reddish brown called Lava Rock, a brown called Spiced Rum, and a light brown called Tikki Torch.

Trex Composite dekcing installed by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends composite deck and fascia in Charlotte, NC


The combinations are plentiful and varied. The Trex rail system also allows for color combinations that will make a designer dream away! From solid black like the photo above, to solid white, the Trex Transcends rail also can be purchased in matching colors to the above mentioned decking colors. Adding metal pickets or glass inserts give the designer tremendous options when looking to create a beautiful backyard space

We love to see the Vintage Lantern as a great accent board to be used on steps, fascia, or even a picture frame around the deck. As the primary deck color, the Gravel Path or Tree House create the perfect combination of colors.

When using the Trex Tropics colors, the black streaker that is prevalent throughout the line is complimented well by black pickets in the rail or even the solid black composite rail system.

To find a complete line of color combinations, go to our photo gallery at

What is the most effective way to restore my deck?

Pressure-treated wood deck with English Lattice and pergola in Huntersville, NC by Archadeck

Pressure-treated wood deck with English Lattice and pergola in Huntersville, NC by Archadeck

Do you have a wooden deck that has seen better days? Are you concerned at all about deck safety and if your deck is going to withstand another season. There are several things to look for and different ways to handle these concerns.

First and foremost, you want to examine the structure of the deck itself. Are the footings solid? Are your columns in good shape holding the deck up? How about the floor joists? What kind of footings were used to originally construct the deck? The rail is another important feature to examine. Has it worked loose of time? Are all of the fasteners still engaged? Give it the old rattle test with you hand.

The most common areas for a deck to go are the actual decking boards themselves and the wood rail cap. When these begin to go bad, you have a few choices. You can sand and stain yourself if it has not rotten, you can call a professional deck restoration company such as Renew Crew of Charlotte and have it done for you, or you can get a professional to simply come out and give you a deck safety inspection such as Archadeck of Charlotte.

Deck safety inspections are often inexpensive and many companies such as Archadeck will deduct the cost of the inspection from the fix itself if they are hired to perform the deck restoration. If your deck is more than 4′ in the air and is over 10 years old, it is an excellent idea to have the deck thoroughly inspected. If the findings are the structure is in good shape, the best way to restore the deck is either to replace the deck boards and rail with a good grade of lumber or composite and this can be done relatively inexpensively! To get some good restoration ideas for your deck, go to our photo gallery at

Charlotte deck builder discusses deck design and material options

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

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

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

Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds hundreds of decks every year since 1988. The one constant has been change. The options for a deck are numerous and allow for creativity in function and form.

As the largest Charlotte deck builder, Archadeck sees most every grade, drainage problems, difficult house designs, and space restrictions due to set backs or customer preferences. Loaded with a staff of experienced designers, here are some of the various options when designing a deck:

1. Multi-level decks

These are particularly effective when you are designing a deck that is large. It keeps it from looking like a giant appendage or rectangle and with the right designer, you can create separate meeting spaces and nooks to keep your grill or fire pit. When you have large elevation changes, it also affords for the multi-level design.

2. Material options

While pressure-treated southern yellow pine is still the largest substrate used in residential decking, composite decks like Trex and AZEK have picked up considerable share over the years. Their value is now often outweighing the cost differential for homeowners who do not want the constant maintenance. In addition, stone and tile decks are gaining in popularity as people want a higher end look for the outdoor living spaces. For the real creative tasted, mixing materials such as stone borders with composite in-lays are a great option.

3. Railing

The building code for the Carolina’s insists on have a 3′ rail of some type once your deck structure is more than 30″ off grade. Independent of your decking substrate choice, people have multiple options for railing and mix many times. Once again, pressure-treated wood rail is still the most popular due to price, but wood rail with powder-coated aluminum pickets is a close second now. There are options of vinyl rails, iron rails, composite rails, and even stone and brick posts with metal or composite in between.

To get some great ideas on deck and rail designs, go to and visit the deck photo gallery!