What are the problems today with Trex decks?

Through out the years of composite decking, there have been numerous problems with quality and customer satisfaction. Trex composite decking is far and away the best known brand in the category and had its share of challenges early on.

Archadeck of Charlotte built this Trex Transcends Spice Rum composite deck with a composite bench and stone fire pit that is gas burning

Archadeck of Charlotte built this Trex Transcends Spice Rum composite deck with a composite bench and stone fire pit that is gas burning

 

Trex developed a newer version with enhanced technology to address the common issues found with most composite decking.

What problems are there still with today’s Trex? Next to none! We have installed overĀ  a $5mm in Trex decking in the past few years and have not had call backs. The product they refer to as Trex Transcends has a protective cap stock that prevents fading, scratching, and even staining from occurring. They even provide a 25-year warranty against these issues now.

Timber Tech Earthwoods Teak composite deck and Black Radiance Composite Rail

Archadeck of Charlotte custom designed and built this TimberTech Earthwoods Teak Composite deck and Black Radiance Rail

 

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we could not be more please with the product quality and aesthetics of the product. For all of the negative publicity the category has received over the years, the product enhancements are remarkable and dependable. As a Trex Pro Platinum installer, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com for a great photo gallery of outdoor living spaces.

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.

 

Flooring Options for your Charlotte Screen Porch, pro’s and cons of each!

What are the options for flooring for a screen porch in Charlotte? There are several viable options. I will attempt to explain the pro’s and con’s of each option.

1. If you already have an existing slab, this will be far and away the least expensive as you already have the floor and you can simply just clean it. You can also have it stained with concrete stain and make it warmer looking. The advantage here is simply price. The disadvantage is low on aesthetics and most likely will crack over time if it is not already cracked.

2. If you have an existing deck, this is another low-cost option since you already have the flooring in place. Most likely additional structure will need to be added to hold the weight of the roof and screen put underneath the joists so bugs cannot get inside the porch from below. This option is one of the best when you consider aesthetics and value.

3. Upgrade your deck boards to Trex or another composite decking. This will insure all boards are uniform in appearance and will never have splinters and never need maintenance other than cleaning. The only disadvantages are higher cost and there are people who prefer the real wood.

4. For a more finished room appearance, putting a tile on the floor such as Travertine enhances the beauty of the room and obviously nothing can get in from below. The disadvantage is a higher price point.

Keep in mind the overall value and appearance you are looking for and check out our photo gallery at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com to see many porch flooring options!

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and build this screen porch with Travertine porch floor

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and build this screen porch with Travertine porch floor