The first house I rented had a wooden deck. Neither the landlord nor the previous tenants had done any maintenance on it. As a result, the wood was badly checked and nails were protruding (watch out, bare feet!). It was also a bit creaky and there was moss growing on the east side. I never forgot that, so when it came time to put a new deck on my own house, it was a simple decision to go with composite decking. Here are the seven key things to consider when contemplating composite decking.
It’s not that I’m opposed to wood decks, I’m just not willing to put the time and effort into continually maintaining them. Plus, with today’s composites, there are so many great colors, each with texture and grain that looks very natural.
We decided on Trex Transcend, Spiced Rum. We looked at other colors, but Spiced Rum looked the best with our brown roof and beige siding. Why Trex? They developed the world’s first composite decking and their name is practically synonymous with the category. Unlike wood, their composites resist fading, scratching and mold. I like that Trex materials are made of 95-percent recycled plastic. And, I really like that my maintenance duties will be minimal. Instead of annual pressure-washing and semi-annual staining, all I have to do is a simple soap-and-water cleaning once or twice a year. Learn more about how to select Trex decking colors.
Composite decking costs more than natural wood decking, but durability and the savings in maintenance are definite considerations. Trex offers a deck cost calculator to help you estimate your costs.
Trex also makes a line of outdoor furniture. It’s made in America and features the same worry-free maintenance as the decking. There’s a great range of styles and colors—as bright or subdued as you like. I’ve got a couple of cedar Adirondack chairs. As they’ve aged, they’ve developed real character and now serve mostly as garden art. But I’m the only one who ever sits in them. Everyone else automatically gravitates to the Trex furniture, understandably so. It’s a heckuva lot more comfortable!
Get the how-to steps for building this deck here.