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What You Need to Know About Trex Decking

Trex decking is an extremely durable, composite decking material that has become extremely popular in recent years. It is made almost entirely from recycled materials; in fact, it’s 95% recycled material, so it’s not only durable, it’s also an environmentally friendly. Many people consider Trex decking to be one of the best materials available for a deck.

Benefits of Using High Performance Trex for Your Decking

Trex decking certainly has a number of excellent benefits, including the fact that it is available in many different colors, so there’s always something to match the style of your home. Additionally, this type of decking material is mold and mildew resistant as well as stain and fade resistant, so it will keep looking great year after year. Additionally, it’s splinter free, will never warp or crack, and it is also termite resistant.

Trex is a Cost-Effective Decking Material

Many deck materials, such as pressure treated lumber, are less expensive initially, but they require a great deal of maintenance, and they will typically need to be replaced long before a Trex deck.When you invest in a High Performance Trex deck, however, you’ll pay more up front, but you’ll save in the long-run. You’ll not only save money by getting a longer life expectancy for your decking, but you’ll also save valuable time because you’ll never need to sand or stain your deck.

As an added bonus a Trex deck can easily be cleaned. A little soap and water is all that’s needed to keep your composite deck looking its best.

Style a Deck With Help from a Railing Contractor

The railing that surrounds a deck can set the tone and style for this outdoor space. There are several different materials from which to choose as well as many design options available to the homeowner. The following are the most common options your contractor will offer.

Composite Deck Railings

Composite deck railings are the most popular choice among homeowners in deck railing due to the low maintenance it requires. It holds up well in any climate, and it looks like real wood even though it is made of wood particles like mulch and sawdust mixed with plastic. There is a wide range of colors available for this type of material.

Wood Deck Railings

These are a traditional choice that comes in many varieties. Pressure-treated rails hold up well against moisture and can be painted or stained. Cedar is rot resistant while Mahogany provides a rich color. Among the types of wood, redwood is the most durable. Design options for wood railings include traditional, interlocking patterns, sunburst designs, and lattice patterns. Seating is also an option that you can choose to add to wooden railings.

Metal Deck Railings

Metal railings look best on modern or industrial homes. There are three types from which you can choose: steel is a common building material but it can rust; aluminum is rust-proof with minimal upkeep needed; and, wrought iron looks beautiful on Victorian houses. Design options include arched balusters, cable railing, and scroll railing. A railing contractor can help the homeowner pick which is best for their house.

What to Keep in Mind When Replacing Your Fence

Over time, outdoor fencing can go from being a beautiful addition to your home to being a distracting eyesore. Even if your fence still looks good, it may not be meeting your current needs. Here are some things to consider when you call on an outdoor space contractor to update your fencing.

Your Current Fencing Needs

Before you explore materials and fence designs, consider why you actually need a fence. If it’s primarily to keep the dog in the yard, a chain-link fence may serve you well. If you now have a beautiful garden, you may want trellis or ship-lap panels or a slatted wood fence to allow some of your vegetation to naturally climb.

Upkeep Demands

Vinyl is an extremely versatile fencing material. It can mimic materials like wood that tend to require a bit more upkeep. If you really have your heart set on classic wood or aluminum, however, ask an outdoor space contractor about protective coatings that can minimize upkeep demands.

Mix and Match Possibilities

You don’t necessarily have to replace all of your fencing. A traditional wood picket fence, for example, can be strategically blended in with part of a chain-link fence that’s still in good condition. Not only will you save money, but you’ll create a unique look for your yard.

When it’s time to replace your outdoor fencing, an outdoor contractor can help you narrow down your choices. While budget is an obvious concern, also consider potential long-term benefits when making your choice. If you opt for a fence that’s both aesthetically pleasing and low in maintenance, for instance, it could add much-appreciated value to your home.

Trex Decking Proves Ideal for All Outdoor Fixtures

By now, you know the virtues of composite decking. It lasts forever, keeps its color, and requires very little maintenance. But, did you know that this durably handsome material can be used for many other structures in your yard than just a deck? Because of its moisture resistance, composites brilliantly substitute for wood in many outdoor projects.

Built-In Seating for Outdoor Living

Composite decks are durable and low maintenance. Using the same material to face other structures on your patio make your outdoor living space feel sleek and modern. Wood substitutes such as Trex can be used to build attractive and functional wrap-around seating or simple benches. Adding these features allows you to entertain more guests at your next party or just have a place to lounge on a warm summer day.

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Why You Should Hire a Railing Contractor

When building a deck or balcony, railing design is often left as an afterthought. After all, people think that anyone can slap together a railing, but it’s a much more complicated process. Falls account for more than 13,000 deaths every year, making them the second leading accidental cause of death in the country. Around your home, a properly constructed railing is sometimes the only thing keeping you or your family from becoming part of an ominous statistic.

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Define Your Yard with an Outdoor Space Contractor

Creating an outdoor living space is the dream of everyone with a large backyard. But often, deciding where to start can be enough of an obstacle to derail the entire idea. The problem with outdoor spaces is the lack of constraints. There is too much freedom and space to work with so coming up with a cohesive plan on an affordable budget can be intimidating.

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Professional Contractors Build Better Decks

Building a deck is a project that seems approachable for most DIY types. On the surface, decks don’t seem overly complicated. You build a frame, top it with some planks, and add a rail if you want. It’s a piece of cake. Or is it? Often, once the project starts, many homeowners realize that everything is more complicated than it seemed in the beginning.

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