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Trex vs. Wood: Which Decking Material is Right for Your Outdoor Space?

Nothing quite compares to relaxing on a backyard deck. As a general contractor and deck builder in Northern Atlanta, warmer weather brings in more deck projects. Aside from the overall deck size and design, the big question for many homeowners is whether to use Trex (composite decking) or real wood decking. 

With so many types of composite and wood available, choosing the best decking material can seem complicated, but CHL Services is here to help you navigate that decision. Key considerations of the composite vs. wood deck debate include materials, price, maintenance, and sustainability—all of which should provide homeowners with the information they need to choose the best decking option for their needs.

Solid wood is a natural material. Trex and other composite decks are man-made.

For many, there is an undeniable attraction to the appearance and feel of a real wood deck. A natural product that is sustainably produced, a great carbon capturer, and provides beauty to your home when responsibly forested. When it comes to synthetic decking, many people think they’re all made of plastic. While mostly true, composite deck boards come in a range of different materials that offer various benefits, and this can have a major impact on choice. At CHL Services, we design Trex decks. Trex decking is made from 95% recycled materials, including reclaimed sawdust and recycled plastic from many common household items, such as the plastic overwrap on packaging for paper towels and toilet paper, dry cleaner bags, newspaper bags, grocery and shopping bags (Trex, 2024). 

In general, wooden decks initially cost less to build versus Trex decks.

The notion that wood decking is cheaper than composite is common; however, it can be quite misleading. Lumber prices have significantly spiked in recent years, while composite decking prices are relatively stable. As of 2022, the average cost of building a deck using store-bought pine was around $15 to $20 per square foot while composite decks cost more like $30 to $40 per square foot. Cedar and redwood, on the other hand, are more expensive than pine. Ultimately, Trex deck installation costs can be higher, but it’s important to also consider factors like the product’s lifespan and its maintenance. 

Trex decks require far less maintenance than wood decking; Trex also lasts longer.

Trex decking is first and foremost low maintenance. Unlike wood, Trex decking does not require staining, sealing, or painting. This means less time and money spent in the long run on upkeep and maintenance. Additionally, Trex decking is resistant to fading, stains, and mold, ensuring it will look great for years to come. 

Depending on its use, upkeep, and climate, wood decking can last 10 to 20 years. Trex decks can last about 25 to 30 years. In other words, even with regular maintenance, a wood deck will not last as long as a composite deck. In order to prolong the life of wood decks, there are a few things that can be done. 

  • Make sure it’s pressure-treated lumber that has been injected with preservative to help prevent rot, mold, and insect damage.
  • Consider cedar or redwood instead of pine. They are more expensive but have natural resistance to weather and bugs.

Pros and cons of Trex decking vs. wood decking

To better assist in the core differences between Trex decking and wood decking, here are additional pros and cons: 

Trex Decking

Pros:

  • Low maintenance: Saves you time and money on upkeep 
  • Durability: Made of a combination of wood fibers and plastic, stronger than traditional wood
  • Eco-Friendly: Made from 95% recycled materials
  • Safety: Slip-resistant for families with children and areas around pools or hot tubs
  • Design: Comes in a variety of colors and styles, and can be designed to mimic the look of natural wood

Cons:

  • Initial cost: It can be more expensive than traditional wood decking 
  • Heat retention: Retains heat, will make it hotter to walk on in hot weather 
  • Not completely maintenance-free: Still requires occasional cleaning to maintain quality of appearance

Wood Decking

Pros:

  • Initial cost: Can be more affordable, making it a popular choice for those on a budget 
  • Natural look: Natural and traditional look that homeowners may prefer 
  • Easy to work with: Easy to cut, shape and install

Cons:

  • Maintenance: Requires regular staining, sealing or painting. Lack of maintenance results in rot, mold or damage. 
  • Durability: Will not last as long as Trex decking 
  • Fire risks: May not meet local fire codes in some areas 
  • Pest infestation: More susceptible to pests like termites 

Still want more information on the topic? Check out this video from the owner of CHL Services, Chris Bryant. He covers the main differences between the two materials and their benefits. 

Contact CHL Services For Your Deck Building Needs 

At CHL Services, we live for designing beautiful and functional decks for our clients. We promise to help guide you through the deck design process and choose the right materials for your project. With an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau and a 5-star general contractor rating on review sites such as Google and Facebook, we work hard to differentiate ourselves through clear communication, timely work, great listening skills, and quality service. We provide deck design services to residents in Cobb, Cherokee, and Paulding counties in North Georgia, including Woodstock, Canton/Holly Springs, Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta, Roswell, Dallas, and Waleska. Give us a call today and we can discuss options for your next outdoor project! 

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