Although most people still love the look of wood decks, the use of timber in decking is becoming less and less common. Other materials can be made to look like wood and are much more resistant to the elements, thereby lasting longer and more cost-effective. PVC is an attractive and popular alternative, but today Carefree Decks and Patio Covers would like to show you five ways that genuine Trex Decking outdoes PVC decking.
Trex is more durable and longer lasting
PVC is better than wood, but it still expands and contracts with the changing seasons. Trex doesn’t move as much and resists fading from the sun as well as the mold during the rainy season. Trex is also more scratch resistant and will not discolor or fade as much from mats, suntan lotion spills, or patio furniture.
Trex looks more like wood and offers a wider range of colors
When you want to build a deck that looks like real wood, Trex is a great option. PVC still ends up with a plasticky look, but Trex uses a matte finish to mimic as closely as possible real wood. You can also choose from a variety of wood grain patterns as well as natural looking wood colors to create whatever look you prefer.
Trex never gets chalky
As the years go by you will start to notice that PVC starts to oxidize and leaves behind a chalky-looking effect. The darker your deck, the more noticeable this ugly effect becomes. This is not an issue with Trex. You will never have to worry about a chalky look on your Trex deck.
Trex is more cost effective
Trex is made primarily from recycled materials, that means that it is cheaper to produce than PVC. In general, you might notice that the price of PVC tends to go up and down with the price of oil. The price of Trex stays consistent, saving you, even more, money over time, as the maintenance costs are less.
Trex is extremely environmentally friendly
Maybe one of the best benefits about Trex is the materials used to make it. As we mentioned, recycled materials are utilized in the making of Trex. In fact, 95% of Trex is recycled material, primarily plastic bags that would otherwise end up in a landfill somewhere. This makes Trex one of the largest recyclers of plastics in the United States. The company is dedicated to being green in their factory processes. This comes right down to the fact that their factory trailers run on vegetable-based oil hydraulics.
Now that you’ve read about five ways that genuine Trex decking outdoes PVC decking, you might have more questions and be wondering whether it will be a good fit for your next decking project. Be sure to give us a call here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, and we can help guide your decision. We have staff ready and waiting to answer all your questions and show you what beautiful options there are for dressing up your outdoor space and creating a comfortable backyard environment.