Not many experiences can beat enjoying the Hudson Valley’s gorgeous scenery from the comfort of an outdoor deck. A top choice of homeowners, Trex Decking is known for its unmatched durability and low environmental impact, going beyond what standard wooden boards can offer. Not all Trex decking is the same in the Hudson Valley, however, as the region’s four distinct seasons can cause extreme wear and tear, depending on which product you use.
Generation Upgrade for Trex Decking
Trex decking is divided into two generations that are important to know, since their differences can greatly affect your deck’s aesthetic, functionality, and upkeep routine. Introduced in 2010, the new generation of Trex decking boasts complete stain and fade resistance, easy maintenance, and color and wood grain pattern choices absent from previous products. Old generation boards are no longer manufactured, but it’s worth knowing if your Trex Decking is comprised of outdated materials which are prone to mold, stains, and scratches. If your deck seems overly worn to the point where routine maintenance won’t cut it, you may be due for an upgrade. Rest assured that, because of generational differences, not all Trex Decking is the same, meaning your new deck will retain longevity better than its outdated predecessor.
Mind the Heat When it comes to choosing Trex Decking
If your Hudson Valley deck is prone to direct sun exposure, your Trex decking will, just as any other surface, become hot to the touch. Reduce heat underfoot by choosing lighter-colored boards, which have less heat retention than dark shades. New generation Trex Decking is available in a variety of color choices, so pick one that will keep bare feet cool in the scorching summer months.
Trex Product Grade
Trex decking systems come in different quality levels to match a range of aesthetic, performance, and pricing considerations. The most affordable of these products are, like all new generation boards, mold and mildew resistant, but may fade or stain over time. Medium grade products offer higher performing mold and mildew resistance, and are color- and stain-proof. Premium Trex decking systems pull out all the bells and whistles with a gamut of color and finish selections which are resistant to staining, fading, scratching, and mold and mildew. Another thing to consider when hiring a contractor or purchasing composite decking for your home is which store your Trex comes from. Believe it or not, Trex manufacturers lower grade decking for the big box stores like Home Depot and that is why they have a lower price than more local building supply stores. Experience the difference that shopping local at a store like Williams Lumber can make in regards to both material quality and quality of service and knowledge. At Harmony Hill Landscaping in Dutchess County, we think it's worth every penny.
Make Your Trex Decking Unique
One exceptional feature of Trex decking is its ability to support eye-catching curves. Differentiate your home’s deck by creating a wraparound or round, protruding design. A variety of luxurious color stains are also available on the market, allowing you to achieve a gorgeous hardwood look with environmentally-friendly composite material. With a little creativity, your deck will stand apart from the standard decks of the past.
Although Trex decking is a common sight in the Hudson Valley, its production method, durability, product grade, and design use is not necessarily all the same. Know your composite decking material before giving an old deck a makeover or building a new one. Check out this related read on hiring a qualified professional for your Hudson Valley deck installation here.