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Is Trex decking composite?

Last Updated: 23rd January, 2020

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Composite decking—like Trex—is a blend of plastic film and wood fibers. The plastic film that goes into composite decking can include polypropylene or polyethylene.

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Keeping this in view, is Trex composite or PVC?

But not all wood-alternative materials are alike. PVC decking —also known as vinyl or cellular PVC—is made predominately of virgin plastic. Trex boards, on the other hand, are a wood-plastic composite. The boards are manufactured primarily from a blend of recycled organic and plastic materials.

Similarly, how long does Trex composite decking last? 25 to 30 years

Considering this, what is polyethylene composite decking?

Polyethylene Based: This is the most cost effective of the three types and is the most popular composite decking type on the market. It most closely imitates the look of wood and can be cut into the longest deck boards. Polypropylene Based: This type of composite decking is resistant to heat.

What are the different levels of Trex decking?

The Three Lines of Trex Composite Decking Trex offers three tiers of composite decking—Transcend, Enhance, and Select. These are considered “good,” “better,” and “best,” with Transcend being best, Enhance being better, and Select being good.

Related Question Answers

Ellsworth Yepes

Professional

Does Trex absorb water?

Composite decking does not absorb water. Moisture that gets trapped under the decking and on top of the wood joists would tend to stay there and keep the joist from drying properly. Wood that is not allowed to dry properly will be more susceptible to rot and decay.

Kam Pelado

Professional

Is composite decking slippery when wet?

Wood is more likely to have smooth spots created by wear; such spots may be slippery when wet. Most brands of composite decking have textured finishes to make them slip-resistant. Water and ice accumulation from rain and snow may create slippery conditions on any deck surface.

Yuzhu Novali

Professional

Is Trex worth the cost?

The estimated material costs for a composite deck run from $9 - $16 per square foot, that's including substructure, decking and fasteners. But only Trex composite decking is worth every cent.

Chantal Larrieta

Explainer

Which is better azek or Trex?

Azek is quite a bit more expensive due to it's reputation of being really tough. However, Trex is also quite tough and is much more resistant to temperature change than Azek. On the other hand, Azek is more resistant to fading while Trex is much more environmental friendly, and the list goes on.

Karola Gervasio

Explainer

What brand is the best composite decking?

Best Composite Decking Brands 2020
Brand 4-sided capped Uncapped
Fiberon Yes Yes
TimberTech Yes No
MoistureShield Yes Yes
Trex NOT SURE Yes

Kathey Carcaboso

Explainer

Can you use a gas grill on composite deck?

The Original Grill Pad
The flexible, lightweight pad is safe for use with any surface, including composite decking. Designed for use with both charcoal and gas grills, it is also suitable for a fryer, smoker, or other outdoor appliances. The Original Grill Pad will last for years with the proper care and maintenance.

Dilan Braf

Pundit

Zaima Nogareda

Pundit

Does composite decking get hot?

Trex decking does not typically get hotter than pressure-treated wood, although on a hot day with a blazing sun, nearly any surface will get uncomfortably hot. Lighter colored boards tend to be slightly cooler than darker composite boards.

Kathlene Hindel

Pundit

Which is better PVC or composite decking?

Aesthetics: Capped composite decking has a more wood-like appearance whereas PVC decking, due to its all-plastic construction, has an enhanced wood look. Heat Dissipation: With enhanced UV protection, capped PVC decking offers slightly better heat dissipation than capped composite.

Galatea Madaleno

Pundit

What is the difference between TREX and composite decking?

Nope. Although Trex contains plastic, it's a composite decking material. As a result, you get the the eye-catching look of rich wood with the durability of a composite. Backed by a 25-year limited warranty, it's environmentally friendly and designed to remain free of rotting, splitting, splintering, insect damage.

Javiera Nicollet

Pundit

Is composite wood toxic?

Composite wood may contain formaldehyde, which irritates the nose, throat, and skin and may trigger asthma. At high levels it's a known carcinogen. Because of these concerns, formaldehyde emissions from many products have been reduced more than 80 percent from earlier levels.

Hecham Overfield

Teacher

How do you clean composite decking?

Remove stubborn dirt with mild soap and a soft bristled brush. Hose your deck off thoroughly with a water hose fitted with a good variable fan spray nozzle to loosen and remove surface debris. Mix warm water and mild dish soap in a bucket. Use a soft bristled brush and the cleaning solution to scrub your deck clean.

Brigido Valencia

Teacher

What color is Trex?

The new Trex Transcend colors both feature subtle shading and natural shade variations – creating distinctive hardwood-like streaking and intense, tropical hues that will retain their lush looks for decades. Spiced Rum is a warm, earthy umber, while Lava Rock features rich reddish-black hardwood streaking.

Magdolna Rioboo

Teacher

What is a composite deck made of?

Composite decking boards are made up of wood and plastic. The wood particles can be anything from sawdust, wood chips, and wood fiber pieces. The plastic components can be either virgin or recycled plastic materials.

Mahammed Eguia

Reviewer

What is the plastic wood called?

Plastic lumber (PL) is a plastic form of lumber (timber) made of virgin or recycled plastic (in which case it can be called RPL). It is made of 100% plastic, compared with wood-plastic composite lumber. Widely employed in outdoor decking, it is also used for molding and trim and garden furniture such as park benches.

Mounya Celaa

Reviewer

What is the best decking material?

How to Choose a Deck Material That Is Right for You
  1. The Economic Answer: Pressure-Treated Lumber. Despite all the competition, this ubiquitous green-tinted wood is still the No.
  2. Naturally Superior: Redwood and Cedar.
  3. Exotic Import: Tropical Hardwoods.
  4. Better Board: Composites.
  5. Stay-Cool Option: Aluminum.

Torrie Selby

Reviewer

What are the disadvantages of composite decking?

Fading and damages
Darker composite deck colors may fade over time. This is an unavoidable process that happens due to UV rays, weathering, and high foot traffic. Other drawbacks include noticeable surface damage. Severe scratches and deep gouges are common issues with composite deck products.

Dalmiro Haimerl

Reviewer

What is the best cleaner for Trex decking?

Spray the deck with a hose to remove surface dirt and debris. Clean the deck with a soft-bristle brush and warm, soapy water. (Trex doesn't specify a brand of soap, so a dish soap such as Dawn is a good choice.) The brush will ensure you'll get any dirt in the embossed pattern.

Alexandro Beneke

Supporter

Can you power wash a composite deck?

PRESSURE WASHING YOUR COMPOSITE DECKING
Pressure washing is not usually recommended for composite decking. Pressure washing too close or using too much pressure can be ruinous for your deck. Composite decking material is softer than natural wood and therefore can be “etched” more easily.