The world is generally moving towards being a greener and more sustainable place.
This has affected the availability of certain materials you may use to decorate your home or garden.
Suppose you are looking to replace all of the decking in your garden. In that case, the traditional option is wood, but due to the costs of this material rising, even having a small area of wooden decking can be surprisingly expensive. This has led more people to look into composite decking or even plastic options.
What if you could have the best of both? That is a composite decking that looks like it is made of wood. In this guide, you’ll be introduced to such a decking type, specifically Trex decking, to allow you to assess whether or not this is worth having in your back garden.
What Is It Made From?
Trex decking is a composite deck, meaning it is a blend of wood fibers and plastic materials. The plastic that goes into this kind of decking can be polyethylene or polypropylene, as these plastics work best with wood to create a resilient material that is more stable than completely plastic decking.
If you are not handy at DIY, you can have this option professionally fitted; just Google Trex St. Louis decking for more information.
Many people, when they research Trex decking, are sometimes surprised at the cost. Like most things, it will vary depending on how much you are fitting, but it can lead you to ask why it is that this type of decking is often more expensive than traditional timber, especially if it is made from recycled plastics. It is because the materials are processed to ensure that the highest quality is maintained and to help the performance of the decking overall. So, while it may be more expensive in the short term, in the long term, this type of decking is less likely to need repairing than timber.
Composite decks, provided that they are maintained correctly, have a life span of 25 to 30 years. It’s worth ensuring that the manufacturers you purchase this type of decking from offer you a warranty, which ensures that it can be replaced or re-fitted if the decking fails.
Luckily, the maintenance of Trex decking is minor, especially when compared to timber. When it comes to cleaning it, a composite deck cleaner such as water, decking soap, and a brush will do the job. There are better times to clean this type of decking, such as just after it has been installed or in the spring or autumn. This will ensure that it gets a thorough cleaning before the weather becomes too hot or too cold to clean it correctly.
It is always best to have any kind of decking installed by a professional team, and the fitting will usually take a few days if the garden surface is not level. So, be sure to research a fitting team that has expertise in fitting Trex decking and can also offer you a warranty for your peace of mind.