Does Trex Decking or composite decking need to be installed differently than wood decking?

If you ask a pro, installing Trex Transcends composite decking is different from installing wood decking. This blog will outline the differences.

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal relaxing backyard!

When it comes to installing wood decking, you start by separating the good boards from the bad ones (in the industry, it’s called “culling out”). This is time consuming and costly. Wood deck boards come in standard lengths (12′, 14′, 16′, and 20′ are typical sizes that are available at most lumber yards or stores). When you lay out your deck, you will most likely have to saw off the ends to fit the joist spacing as there is rarely a deck that perfectly matches the length of all the deck boards needed. It is most effective to screw down the wood deck boards as the screws prevent boards from curling much more than nails or staples will. You also need to use proper spacing between the boards depending on if you are installing it in cold weather or warm weather as well as the spacing where deck boards meet the fascia or even the house wall.

Pressure-treated wood deck stained with pergola and outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

Pressure-treated wood deck stained with pergola and outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex deck boards do not need to “culled out” as composite decks are amazingly engineered and have little to no variation. When you go to fasten Trex, it is best to use the steel clip system that provides for hidden fastening for a clean look. The other advantage to their system is it creates perfect spacing between each board. Because of the high cost of composite decking, the cuts are critical to eliminate waste. Best to call a pro in as while you may think you are saving money on the front end, we end up fixing quite a few Trex decks where the DIY guy gave it a go! To see wonderful Trex photos, go to our Charlotte Trex deck photo gallery on our website.

If you want the best education on Trex composite decking, see our Trex page and Trex YouTube Channel

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Transcends composite deck and rail with architectural steps

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Transcends composite deck and rail with architectural steps

Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing and building Trex composite decks for over 18 years! We have so much knowledge and experience with the product that we developed an exclusive page just for Trex information and for our Trex YouTube video playlist on our channel!

We have dedicated an entire space in our web site to a photo gallery, design ideas, and learning we share from our 26 years experience with decks in Charlotte, NC. The You Tube channel has a vast array of designs and color choices for Trex Transcends composite decks and rail.

We even utilize Trex for things like outdoor showers, benches, walkways, porch walls, pergolas, and screen porch trim detail.

Trex Transcends deck and rail with vertical deck skirting and an outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends deck and rail with vertical deck skirting and an outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

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 http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Researching composite decking in the Carolina market? Trex and Archadeck are the right combination!

Trex Transcends Tropics with 2-level deckAs a design/ build organization, we introduced Trex composite deck and rail to the Charlotte market over 15 years ago! The original product was gray and had no woodgrain. The product evolved to have 3 more colors over time but they faded out to gray eventually.

Trex listened to the market and realized they needed a product that like wood and introduced a natural looking wood grain to improve the appearance of the board. The market then requested the product not fade and Trex added UV inhibitors into the product to greatly reduce fading. Then the market felt the product scratched too easily and stained easily due to the porosity of the board.

Fast forward to roughly 2009, Trex introduced the Trex Transcends product line that had all of the benefits that the market had requested over the years. Archadeck of Charlotte sits on the Trex Advisory Board and has been an active participant in relaying market data and taking the product back to market. Trex Transcends features a capstock with acrylic and PVC that makes the product fade resistant, stain resistant, scratch resistant, all while maintaining a wood like appearance with a wonderful color selection. There are 5 primary Transend colors that are complimented by a premium color line called Trex Tropics that have the appearance of Brazilian Hardwoods!

Archadeck has installed and worked with Trex for years and is most knowledgeable about the product line, the best installation techniques, and the overall value proposition to determine if it’s right for the particular circumstances. You can find hundreds of photos on www.charlotte.archadeck.com with great deck designs! You can also go to www.trex.com !

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Tropics Spiced Rum composite deck

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Tropics Spiced Rum composite deck

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 charlotte.archadeck.com

Do we really build screen porches for our pets?

It’s amazing how many of us design and build screen porches with our pets in mind. At Archadeck of Charlotte, we are constantly consulting with homeowners on making sure the screen porch will be suitable for their pets!

Charlotte Eze Breeze Porch with Trex Transcends decking

Charlotte Eze Breeze Porch with Trex Transcends decking

The most common concerns are the strength of the screen and the access of a “doggy door”. There are specialty screens like “pet screen” on the market that are resistant to tearing for a modest upcharge. Many people rely on the rail, which is built on the inside of the screen to be a detractor for pets ripping the screen. Mostly, we just love our pets and want to make sure there is a nice outdoor area for them without them escaping. Screen porches are fun and functional for both humans and our pets! To see some great screen porch ideas, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Composite Decks the latest technology and the best bets!

Consumers really have a difficult time getting through all of the information on the various brands, technology, and styles of low-maintenance composite decks that are available. This blog will help you the consumer make some sense out of all of this and share with you the best bets from a nationally recognized custom deck builders perspective!

Trex invented the category of composite decking over 15 years ago. The category started with a combination of reclaimed wood and low-density polyethelene that was produced as a “no maintenance” deck board. Shortly thereafter, the demand grew and so did the competition with brands like Choice Deck, Smart Deck, Timber Tech, and so on. By 2003, there were over 40 different composite manufacturers all competing for shelf space at the local levels. Like any other high growth category, there needed to be a “weeding out” of competition and let the strong survive. In addition, there were inherit problems with the technology and what the consumer wanted. The deck board while “low-maintenance” certainly was not “no-maintenance”. Most of the boards had a propensity to scratch easily, stain, and fade.  A smaill company called Procell came along with no wood in their formulation at all and quickly started to make a name for themselves as they could promote even lower maintenace as the board did not scratch or stain. Most of the major players jumped into this “ultra-low maintenance” category by removing all wood from their product and mostly PVC. There are still some flaws with the value proposition as it looks a little too fake and the price was even higher than the original composite materials.

    Last year (2009) Trex introduced an “ultra-low maintenance” board called Transcends that put them back in the leadership role in the industry. This product combined the value proposition of an all pvc board and the original composite through taking the original technology as the main part of the board and putting a pvc and acrylic cap stock around it to provide protection from staining, fading, and scratching. In addition, the board has an attractive wood grain with great colors that meet today’s consumers tastes. TimberTech is now introducing Earthwoods Evolutions that also is a capped product with a great color pallet. Both the Trex Transcends and the TimberTech Evolutions feature the latest technology with a strong value proposition without the exorbitant price of an all PVC board! Archadeck of Charlotte is one of the nations largest custom deck builders. We can use any of the boards available but only want to feature products that are produced by well financed companies that can back up their claims. Check out our photo galleries to see these products and many complimentary outdoor living products.  http://charlotte.archadeck.com  or http://archadeckofcharlotte.com