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 over  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.

 

What are the hottest color trends with Trex Transcends composite deck and rail?

The latest and hottest colors for Trex Transcends decking are Island Mist ( a beautiful gray with a black streaker/ variegated) and continues to be Spiced Rum (featured above with the fire pit on it).

Trex continues to be the market leader in both share and innovation. When Trex launched their Transcends and Tropics line over 7 years ago, it changed the industry once again. The cap stock they added to their product allowed them to put a no fade and no stain warranty on their product and simultaneously improved the aesthetics with a more realistic wood grain and vibrant relevant color selections.

A trend we are seeing really heat up is mixing colors on the deck with borders, intricate in-lays, fascia boards, stair risers, and of course the various rail options.

Archadeck of Charlotte is a Trex Pro Platinum installer (the only one in Charlotte, NC) and we install hundreds of decks annually. We have worked closely with Trex and have a seat on their Advisory Board. The rail choices range from the matching Trex Transcends rail, to adding powder-coated aluminum pickets, to glass rail inserts, to an all aluminum rail, or going to a contrasting rail color like an all white or all black rail. To see a complete photo gallery of Trex products, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com.

 

These sure aren’t your Grandmother’s porch railings!

Times do change. With time we see everything from fashion changes to technology changes. Change is happening quickly and it does not discriminate by product or industry.

Whether it be a front porch or a back porch or a screened in porch, we have seen the most dramatic railing changes when it comes to the traditional wood railing picket. What we have known for years is the 2×2 pressure-treated wood picket that was either painted white or stained in a natural wood tone. Today, that style of picket is rare.

The first question is why? There are a few simple answers.

1. The traditional wood picket does block some view more than newer offerings

2. The traditional wood picket often warped over time or simply was not installed properly

3. The wood also could shrink leaving gaps where the 2×2’s were fastened to the 2×4’s making them unsafe and unsightly

Today’s most popular porch rail picket or balluster is a black round powder-coated aluminum picket. We have found this solves all of the above aforementioned concerns. It is thinner than the traditional wood picket and therefore opens up the view. It is never going to warp or shrink and therefore performs better. Finally, it is a nice architectural detail even when combined with a traditional pressure-treated wood rail.

Additional choices for porch rails that we have found appealing to our customers include composite rail, such as Trex (we often mix the aluminum ballusters with the Trex composite rail). Stainless steel cable rail is popular where you have a water or mountain view due to the low profile of it. There is even glass rail today that offers the least obstruction to a beautiful view. To see the various options on actual decks, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

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 designing and built this beautiful Trex deck and rail with a stone outdoor kitchen and screen porch

Archadeck of Charlotte designing and built this beautiful Trex deck and rail with a stone outdoor kitchen and screen porch