Frequently Asked Questions
Why are Trex Outdoor Living Products better than timber?
Trex Outdoor Living products outperform timber in terms of durability and performance. This is mainly due to how Trex decking is termite resistant, will not rot, warp, or splinter, and requires no staining or painting. Furthermore, Trex decking is produced from 95 percent recycled materials, making it an incredibly eco-friendly choice.
If Trex is made from recycled materials, why is it more expensive than timber?
While most of the raw materials used in the production of Trex are recycled, they are thoroughly treated to assure the greatest level of quality and performance. The ultimate result is decking that outperforms wood, saving your costs over time due to reduced upkeep.
What is the lifetime value of Trex?
Maintenance costs pile up over time with pressure-treated timber decks. Although Trex is more expensive at first, you will never have to sand, stain, or paint your Trex deck. Reduced maintenance expenses add up to a bigger value than timber throughout the life of your deck, not to mention the worth of all the time you get to spend enjoying your deck rather than working on it.
What is the difference between early-generation and the newer, high performance composite decking?
Understanding the distinctions between early-generation Trex decking and contemporary high-performance Trex decking is essential for knowing what to anticipate from various types of decking. There is one advantage that both goods share. Each is made up of 95% recycled materials.
Beyond using recycled materials, what other environmentally-friendly practices does Trex employ?
Our manufacturing technique recycles industry waste and garbage back into the production line. Our plant's product trucks use hydraulics powered by vegetable-based oil. Trex is a member of the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) because of all of its ecologically friendly activities, and Trex products contribute to a building's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) points.
Can you send me product samples?
Of course, call our customer services team on 01472 907051 and one of our friendly team will sort this for you.
What materials are used in the manufacturing of Trex decks?
Trex decking is constructed from 95 percent recycled resources, including recovered wood and sawdust, as well as recycled plastic from a variety of common household goods, such as the plastic overwrap on paper towel and toilet paper packages, dry cleaner bags, newspaper bags, supermarket and shopping bags. Trex salvages and diverts more than 400 million pounds of plastic and wood refuse from landfills each year. Trex is therefore one of the major plastic film recyclers in the United States. In fact, 140,000 recycled plastic bags are used in the average 500-square-foot composite Trex deck.
Will Trex products weather change colour/fade?
Trex Transcend® and Trex Contour®, for example, are newer generation high-performance composites with a protective shell technology that delivers better fade and stain resistance.
Does Trex get hot on a sunny day?
Trex decking, like many other outdoor surfaces, such as concrete, asphalt, beach sand, wood decking, other brands of composite decking, and so on, can get heated because of weather and sun exposure. On such days, care must be made to avoid prolonged skin contact with the deck's surface, especially with small children and individuals with special needs.
How much does Trex decking and railing cost?
You get what you pay for, like with many other things in life. Trex decking and railing initially cost more than timber decking and railing; however, the payoff in reduced maintenance costs and increased leisure time provides compelling value — so much so that Trex decks are frequently referenced in listings of homes for sale as an indicator of quality and value that homeowners and real estate agents promote when selling a home. Of course, the real value is in the time you spend outside on your Trex deck.
Is Trex suitable for use in commercial settings?
Trex decking is widely used in commercial and public projects throughout the U.S. and around the world.
How heavy is Trex decking?
Trex boards are 50-70% heavier than comparable lumber sections.
Is Trex code-compliant?
When installed appropriately for permitted applications, all Trex products are either code compliant or are undergoing thorough code compliance assessment for the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) and/or the 2009 International Building Code (IBC). For jurisdictional requirements, contact your local building code department.
Is Trex structural?
Trex wood plastic composite products are not structural and should only be used for their original design uses, such as walkways and guardrail systems.
Can a groove be cut in the side of a Trex deck board?
Yes, using our Trex Groove Cutter, a groove may be carved in the side of Trex decking to take our suggested covert fixings, a procedure that allows deck installation without visible screw heads on the walking surface.
Can you rip a trex board?
Trex products should not be torn to reduce thickness, however they can be ripped to reduce breadth. The guarantee will be valid if the board can still be installed according to the installation instructions.
Can Trex deck boards be glued?
Glue should never be used as a main fastening. Glue may be used as a supplementary fastening when using Trex Fascia.
Can Trex be placed over a solid surface?
When employing a sleeper system, Trex can only be laid over a firm surface.
Can I paint or stain my Trex boards?
Our high-performance decking–Trex Transcend and Trex Contour–has a tough shell that never needs painting or staining. The rich colour and protective finish are built into the shell and are guaranteed for 25 years against rotting, splitting, splintering, and insect damage.
What makes the Trex Transcend tropical deck boards different from the rest of the transcend product line?
Trex tropical boards' trademark streaking is accomplished by a patented technique, resulting in a stunningly unique, organic look for each tropical board we make. This modest colour variation has the appearance of opulent tropical hardwoods, such as ipe decking, but without the environmental impact of extracting endangered timbers.
Can Trex decking be sanded or power washed?
Sanding Trex is never a good idea. Sanding can alter the look and protective properties of the Trex material and will void the guarantee for any problem created by sanding. Trex does not advocate using a power washer on our early generation composite decking (Trex Accents, Trex Origins, Trex Brasilia, Trex Profiles, or Trex Contours). Power cleaning will harm the decking surface and void the guarantee for any condition caused by the power washing.
Is Trex decking no-maintenance?
Trex decking takes significantly less upkeep than timber decking, but it does require some maintenance to keep it looking nice over time.
Can I use rock salt to melt ice on my Trex decking?
To melt ice and snow on Trex decking, use calcium chloride or rock salt. When the weather permits, care should be taken to rinse off.
How can I clean my Trex transcend railing?
For colour transfer issues, use Mr. Clean®, Magic Eraser® Original or Magic Eraser® Extra Power to help remove this. For small surface scratches, marks or scuffs, use Dupli-Color Scratch Seal® Clear Sealer Pen.