Composite Deck Made with Trex®
Composite Decking and Trex® Composite Railing
[Copyright 2001-2004 by Mike French] (Interior photos)
This deck was made with a pressure treated substructure and a composite decking and composite railing. The material is called Trex®. We personally prefer a composite decking called GeoDeck® (call or email Perry Adams for free samples) because Trex decking is a “wood flour” based composite decking (99% of all composites are wood flour based). Time is not very kind to wood flour based composite decking materials. See the article about the Class Action suit against Trex® for reasons why. See the next set of composite decking Trex photos.
Composites can be used to make some very striking pieces like this flower box made from Trex decking.
Another alternative to wood is Trex® decking. Like other wood flour based composite decking, Trex starts out looking great! But time is not a friend of wood flour based composite decking. Please understand that we no longer recommend Trex decking (or any other wood flour composite) for the reasons spelled out in the Class Action suit against Trex*.
If you want a composite deck material that is truly low maintenance and lives up to it’s warranty… do yourself a favor and steer clear of the wood flour based composite deck products. Use a composite decking like GeoDeck that comes from a byproduct of rice stalks. It is a far superior product as their warranty implies (twice the industry standard).
GeoDeck has also been rated 2004 “Best Buy” by the nation’s leading consumer research publication… more proof that this composite is the one to buy.
*Awhile back (5/16/05) the owner of this deck called me to discuss our doing some more deck work for him. In the course of the conversation I asked him how his deck looked now (it has been five years). He said that the Trex has deteriorated so badly that Trex has agreed to pay for the labor and materials to replace every bit of it! Folks, I know what I am talking about when I tell you to stay away from wood flour based composites and go with GeoDeck. See My Personal Story for some very important and startling information about this product.
The Deck/Enclosure Designer for this project, Mike French, owns a Design and Build deck, porch, gazebo and sunroom company that provides standard building plans, custom building plans, and a wide variety of cost saving services for the homeowner.