Frequently Asked questions about Trex decking/ Composites?

Trex Transcends Spiced Rum with ledgestone firepit and benching in Charlotte

We frequently get asked the same questions surrounding Trex decking and composite decking in general.

1. What is the price difference between composite decking and wood decking?

The answer is dependent on whether you are building a deck from scratch or simply replacing the deck boards. If you you are going to have a brand new deck built, you can anticipate paying

from 35-45% more for composites. If you are simply comparing at least double.

2. I hear there are a lot problems with mildew and staining?

Trex Transcends is a product that is stain resistant and carries a 25-year warranty against it!
3. What about the composite decking fading?
Trex Transcends has an acrylic cap stock that acts as a UV inhibitor and they also have a 25-year fade warranty!

To get more information, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

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Can you place a fire pit on a deck?

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

Can you really place a fire pit on a deck? The answer technically is yes. Archadeck of Charlotte has been doing it for the past several years and has consulted with local building code officials to do it legally and as safely as possible.

The safest ways to build a fire pit on a deck is to use gas logs as you can then control the flame. If you really want a wood-burning fire pit, you want to keep it at least 10 feet from your home and control the amount of wood you place in the pit. You will also want to think about building the pit a bit taller in order to handle the ashes.

Building a stone fire pit on a deck is more cost effective if your deck is low to the ground as you will need a footing directly under it to handle the weight. The taller the deck, the taller the support structure will need to be to handle it and therefore increase the cost of the project. If you would like to see more ideas on fire pits and decks, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com

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 http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com  

How often do I need to seal/stain my deck?

How often should you seal/stain your deck? This question gets answered everyday at Archadeck of Charlotte!

After building over 20,000 decks, we have a good idea. Decks that are exposed to afternoon sunlight will require staining more often than others. Different wood species will also weather differently. The most used decking in Charlotte, NC is by far pressure-treated pine. If it is exposed to direct sunlight, your best bet is to seal it annually. If on the other hand it is not, every 2-3 years is sufficient. Composite decking will never need sealing but still require cleaning (products like Trex decking).

The Brazilian hardwoods like IPE don’t require stain but will silver out rather quickly not keeping their rich initial color. To gather more information, go to http://www.Charlotte.Archadeck.com

Archadeck deck in Charltte with fire pit

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this pretty stained deck and fire pit

What are my lattice or skirting options for under my deck?

At Archadeck of Charlotte we get asked about lattice or skirting options for under a deck all of the time. The traditional way to enclose under a deck is wood lattice. This can be done inexpensively by tacking up some prefabricated thin lumber strips. A better way is to use 3/4″ pressure-treated wood lattice and picture frame it with wood trim and create an access door to be able to store things under the deck.

Archadeck screen porch with pergola, outdoor fireplace and stucco skirting

Archadeck screen porch with pergola, outdoor fireplace and stucco skirting

Other options for skirting under a deck include vinyl lattice with composite trim. You can also take deck boards and run them horizontally for a different look. With the same thought in mind, you could run the deck boards vertically.
You are not limited to lattice when looking for options to skirt your deck. For great photos of decks, go to http://www.Charlotte.Archadeck.com

Is my deck safe?

How do I know if my deck is safe? The answer is, you don’t! The problem for the consumer is you are not sure what you are looking at or for.

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built wood deck and stone fire pit

Wood deck and fire pit with decorator pickets

Archadeck of Charlotte performs deck safety inspections and part of the inspection includes the footings, framing, ledger board, and rail strength. This is deck safety awareness month, please have your deck inspected if it is 2 feet off the ground or more! For more information, go to charlotte.Archadeck.com

When can I keep existing deck versus needing a new deck?

One of the big

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

frustrations for homeowners is receiving conflicting information from deck builders. One question that often rises is if the consumer can use their existing structure and simply replace the deck boards and rail or if they need a complete tear down and new structure.

Deck building is a science and an art. The average deck should last 25-30 years when it is built properly. If you have a deck that is 15 years old and I is in need of a face lift, have a professional out to do a deck safety inspection and chances are you could save a considerable amount of money with a re-deck as opposed to a complete tear down! For great ideas and photo’s on building a deck, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com