Platinum Decking

Deck Builder, Contractor, & Installer in Barrington

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Platinum Decking is one of the rated deck installers nationally for both Trex composite decking and TimberTech/AZEK composite and PVC decking.


Patio Installer Near Me

Platinum Patio and Pavers, which is our sister company, is one of the top-rated Unilok and Belgard patio installers and patio designers in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. 

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Top Rated Local Deck Builder

Top Rated Local awarded Platinum Decking as the top deck builder in the Chicagoland area.

Our reputation is based on differentiating ourselves from the “normal” contractor. Our goal is to give each customer a PLATINUM experience from the beginning of the sales process to wrapping up the project. Each customer will have a designated design specialist to work with. Our design specialist will help you design and build the perfect deck and/or patio at your home.

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stars-5 Deck repair Naperville  

Positive: Professionalism, Quality

Platinum resurfaced our 20 year old cedar deck with Trex Enhance decking and we could not be happier. Matt and Kyle were easy to work with and very thorough in the planning process. We appreciated their recommendations on installation options and finishing touches. The install team, led by Clay, took their time to build a quality product that looks great. I highly recommend Platinum based on our experience.

Services: Patio decksDeck replacement
Red Kayak

New Composite Deck

stars-5 Deck repair Naperville  

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness

From start to finish platinum decking was one of the most professional organizations I’ve worked with. We moved from a 15 year old wood deck to a Trex composite, and from design to completion everything went according to Kyle and Austin’s plan. Mike and Jacob did an amazing job on the install over 2 weeks in terrible weather conditions. They suggested some changes and modifications for the better, exceeded expectations. A+++!

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Michael Gralinski

New TimberTech Deck

stars-5 Deck repair Naperville  

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

We used Platinum Decking in the summer of 2022 to replace our small wood deck with a Trex deck and we are completely satisfied with the quality of work. The materials and labor were excellent, the time it took to complete the work was good and we would definitely recommend them.

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Deck Builders Chicago Suburbs

As your preferred deck builder in the Chicago Suburbs, we proudly serve most areas North of I-80 up to Milwaukee Wisconsin. Having eared the credentials of a Trex Pro Platinum and TimberTech Platinum Deck Builder, we have highly skilled crews working in your area year around. Our team at Platinum Decking is excited for the opportunity to earn your business and deliver on an exceptional deck or paito project that will last decades.


Home Depot Deck Builder

Platinum Decking is a Home Depot Deck builder and Home Depot Deck Designer. We work with the Home Depot PRO program, along with Hines Supply, Premium Decking Supply, and Bliffert Lumber & Design to bring the highest quality deck builidng products to our customers. In addition to 5-star customer service, you can also expect 5-star building products on each of our decking projects. 


5-Star Deck Contractor

Platinum Decking along with Platinum Patio and Pavers has over 600 5-star customer reivews and this number is climbing every day. There is not a decking contractor or patio installer in the Chicagoland area that is compairable. Our reputation is built around a Platinum customer experience from start to finish. Please take some time to read what our clients have have ot say about us.

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Yelp Review– Highly recommend! I received a flyer on the patio and contacted the company after seeing positive reviews. Competitive pricing, good communication, and quick work. When we hit a couple of snags along the way or my wife changed designs, the guys communicated well and were flexible. Work looks great and we are a happy customer!

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Google Review- If anyone needs a deck, this is the company to use. From the owners to Matt, their sales manager and the three wonderful men, Justyn,Jimmy and Rob who constructed the deck I Have never seen more professionalism. The deck is gorgeous. It was built in a timely matter. I have never seen harder workers. Thank you Platinum Decking for making this project such a pleasure to watch.

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Houzz Review– We had an excellent experience working with Platinum Decking transforming our backyard into our new favorite part of the home. They showed great attention to detail in both the design and aesthetics, but the stability. We would highly recommend Platinum and their team to anyone in seeking deck work.

Trex Decking/ TimberTech Decking

Platinum Decking has earned the highest level a deck builder can achieve with both Trex and TimberTech. With both Trex and TimberTech, we are Trex Pro Platinum and TimberTech Platinum deck builders. See more of our work in the Chicagoland suburbs here. 

At Platinum Decking we have a close partnership with Trex and TimberTech. This partnership enables us to give 50-25-year fade and stain warranties along with 10-year labor warranties on all our Trex deck projects. Explore more about Trex Decking products HERE, TimberTech decking products HERE and Cabana X products HERE

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What makes Platinum Decking different from the average deck builder or general contractor?

At Platinum Decking, our sales process is simple. It is based on three major goals.

  • The first is redefining the deck contracting experience and delivering a super product.
  • Second, sharing the long-term value and savings that a Trex can bring to homeownership.
  • Finally, helping our customers create an outdoor living area you can enjoy for years! 

There are many different deck builders in the Chicago suburbs and unfortunately, the deck building industry is not always known for its customer service.  With that said, at Platinum Decking our customer-first mindset is the cornerstone of our organization. Each and every customer experience is important to us. 

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Lake Zurich Review- Platinum Decking was a great contractor to work with. They did an amazing job, were good with communicating and stood by their work. Would definitely work with them again.

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The long term value and savings of a Trex deck are some of the most exciting benefits of a new deck. Over the average life of a deck, a Trex composite deck will save you $1,000s in deck repair and deck maintenance.

Additionally, a Trex deck does not splinter, rot, fade or stain. We believe helping to educate our customers on these benefits will make purchasing a  composite deck exciting!

Finally, we strive to help you create a custom outdoor living area tailored to your needs and wants. We are happy to suggest new deck ideas or help recommend ways to renew your existing deck.

Our vision as your Chicago suburbs deck builder is to build a deck that will become an extension of your home.

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At Platinum Decking we want to help design the deck of your dreams. Our team will work with you on every step of the deck-building process. One of the most exciting decisions is picking the type of colors and deck design. For some deck ideas and color options, you can begin here

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Palatine Google Review- Great experience from working with Matt and Kyle on design and with Austin on build of our upper deck with bottom screen in. Matt and Kyle were great at listening to my concerns and ideas then figuring out how to make things work. Austin was great, skilled, respectful and constantly communicating with us along with his crew. Austin knows what he is doing! Recommending to our neighbors and friends.

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Platinum Decking has earned its reputation as being a top deck contractor and deck builder in the Chicago suburbs by putting customers first. A Trex composite deck is more than just a deck, it is a work of art.

Our team at Platinum Decking will help give you backyard deck ideas and deck designs to help build the perfect deck. 

In addition, our deck builders are well-versed in Illinois building code and Illinois rules and regulations. Our team will take care of the job from start to finish!

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Deck contractors focused on eco-friendly deck building

Platinum Decking is one of the only composite deck contractors in the Chicago suburbs that focuses on eco-friendly deck building.

Trex composite decking is made of 95% recycled materials vs Timbertech Azek and another PVC decking. Timbertech Azek consists primarily of virgin plastic.

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Deck Builder Palatine Review -What a fantastic job overall ! I The company recommended maintenance-free materials (composite) which took only 2 days to order. The crew showed up on the delivery day to demolish old porch and installed the new one including railing in one day! They cleaned up all the debris and left the site spotless clean. I could not be happier. Professional, reliable and honest company. I know I will enjoy my new porch for years to come and it is guaranteed maintenance free for 25 years. Love it.

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Home Depot Pro Review– Extremely impressed with Platinum Decking from start to finish. Cost, timing, quality of craft and clean up was done as quoted. Efficient, responsible and respectable employees. Would highly recommend this business.

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Deck Contractors

Find the right deck contractor

What should I ask a deck contractor?

When it comes to working with your deck contractor, there’s a lot of important boxes to check to make sure you’re getting value and quality in the finished project. For starters and most importantly, is your deck contractor an expert in the trade, or a contractor that periodically does deck projects?


One of the biggest reasons this is an important question is because the level of expertise they have is based on their answer. An expert in the trade, a builder that focuses only on deck projects and nothing else will have an unparalleled level of knowledge and experience to bring to the table. In addition to that, they’ve more than likely built strong relationships with their suppliers in the decking-specific trade, meaning negotiated pricing on materials. Although a contractor who does a few deck projects per year may provide a great product, there is the risk factor of less experience and expertise in deck building and design. 

Another valuable question to ask your deck contractor is what materials they recommend for the function you’re looking to get out of your deck. There are some decking materials that are meant to withstand heavy foot traffic, and some for less-harsh activity.  Also, there are boards built for climate-specific regions that have more or less seasonal extremes. There are even materials displaying a more modern look versus those with a more traditional feel. What is best for your outdoor space is all dependent on the vision you have for your deck. Your deck contractor will know what materials are available in the variety you’re looking for, and can best help steer you in the right direction.

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I needed to construct a new deck to replace an old and unstable deck. Came across Platinum decking based on the detailed reviews given by costumers and clearly they were correct ! The guys are professionals and did a great job. But what I liked the most was how easy it was get held of their point person, Matt Rudig. When there was delay in getting the building permit from the village, Matt would apprise of the progress without having to chase him. Any queries or concerns you have, he would reply to your email / call you within 12 hrs ! I found their customer service to be an amazing quality. Some reviews have mentioned them to be a bit pricier compared to other but they still fall within range of other decking companies when you compare quotes. Overall, would highly recommend them.

Check out more decks we have built in Palatine IL here!

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What should I look for in a deck contractor?

Hiring a deck contractor can be a daunting task if you’re not sure of the qualities that are important to look for. There are two types of contractors when it comes to decks; the deck contractor who specializes in decks and centers their business entirely around that industry, or the general contractor that does an array of projects including a few decks a year. To break down the logic behind why this matters, it comes down to expertise and quality of craftsmanship. 

When you do the same thing 5 times, you’re naturally going to be better at it the 5th than the 1st. The same goes for the 50th time compared to the 5th. Point is, the more decks someone builds, the higher the quality, know-how, and efficiency going into the project will be. When a contractor that provides a lot of varying services, it’s tough for the crews to become expert-level in one specific trade, such as decking building. That being said, someone who specializes in deck building will naturally provide a more polished experience for you, as well as an expert-quality finished project. 

Another important aspect to look into when hiring your deck contractor is their history of customer service and attention to customer satisfaction. The easiest way to confirm that your deck contractor is going to provide the experience you’re looking for is by digging into their past-clients reviews of the work. Does your deck contractor have online reviews, completed project photos, or references willing to discuss their experience? Understanding if your expectations of your deck contractor will match the experience they’re able to provide is an easy way to go into your project with confidence.

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How long does it take a contractor to build a deck?

It’s tough to say how long it will take to build your deck, based on all factors being taken into account. A deck built from scratch will naturally take longer to complete than a resurface using the same frame as before. All design details are unique to each individual outdoor space, such as lighting, staircases, railings, and size, each of which adding or reducing the time needed to be done right. However, for reference, an average 300sqft deck build should take 1-2 weeks, depending on all aspects listed above, and of course, weather cooperation.

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stars-5 Deck repair Naperville  

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

Mike and his crew ( Colby and Isadoro) did an AMAZING job on our deck. They are true professionals and it shows in their work.
Our project had a few curveballs and I was very impressed with how Platinum Decking ( Mike and his crew, Austin, Matt) handled that.
Crew was very professional, very friendly, great communication throughout the project, attention to detail – they delivered above and beyond. Highly recommend!

Services: Deck installationDeck remodelingComposite decksDeck designDeck replacement
Yevgeniy Panich

Deck Builder Barrington

stars-5 Deck repair Naperville  

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness

I recently had my deck replaced by Platinum Decking, great group of folks from the sales team, site supervisor and of course, Matt Grillo and Devyn on the day to day work. They walked me through every part of the installation and if something popped up, we talked through it before moving on to the next part of the project. Great group of professionals and I will highly recommend them to anyone in the Chicagoland area.

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Roxanne Chow

Trex Deck Barrington IL

stars-5 Deck repair Naperville  

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness

We were shopping to have an old small deck replaced with a modern Trex deck. We came across Platinum Decking and their many positive reviews. The team responded to our inquiry extremely fast and from that point throughout the project, continued to provide timely updates on the various phases of the project. Matt and Jason were great to work with throughout. A huge thank you to Lucas and Danny for their quality of work and working diligently on our deck project through some tough winter cold days. The deck is a masterpiece and we appreciate all the hard work and diligence to the completion of the project. We highly recommend Platinum Decking.

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Russ Kotlicky

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Our Objective: To turn your backyard deck into one of your favorite places to spend time.

The owners of Platinum Decking have always enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.  A Trex deck allows you to spend time with the people you love while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.

Our Vision: When installing a Trex deck or any low maintenance composite deck, we want to help you design something that is more than just a cookie-cutter deck.

With all the different backyard deck ideas, Trex color options and Trex railing options, we want to help turn your deck into the centerpiece of your yard. 

When families across the Chicago suburbs think of “Deck builders near me”, we want Platinum Decking to be recognized as the platinum standard for customer service and quality craftsmanship. 

Read about how we build our decks HERE

Enjoying the great outdoors

Enjoying every ounce of great weather the Chicago suburbs has to offer is important.  A Trex deck built by your local deck builder can help!

A new Trex deck adds comfort and livability to your backyard. Unlike many “luxury” items, a Trex deck does not depreciate like one.  A Trex deck can actually increase the value of your home.

At Platinum Decking, we do not simply want to build you a new deck. We want your Trex deck to be an extension of your home. A living space where you are able to enjoy the outdoors, host a 4th of July party, barbecue with friends, and just relax after a long day of work.

A deck builder involved in the Community

We are a PROUD member of the Barrington Chamber of Commerce along with the Palatine Chamber of Commerce.

Your Deck builder near me has locations in Barrington IL,  Naperville IL, and Libertyville IL.

If you live in Wisconsin, here are our locations: Racine-Kenosha, Oconomowoc, and Lake Geneva.

Recently recognized by the CHICAGO TRIBUNE for excellent quality and service!!! 

Platinum Decking is also part of the Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce Naperville ChamberSchaumburg Chamber and Wicker Park Chamber

Working closely with Home Depot and being Home Depot Pro, we are able to service the greater Chicago Suburbs. 

Platinum Decking is a preferred deck builder for Bairdwarner Naperville. This relationship was earned through quality work and years of experience in the construction industry. 

Deck Staining and Deck Repair

Say goodbye to deck staining and deck repair! Check out how EASY it is to keep your new Trex deck looking GREAT for decades!

Click here to read more about how to keep your Trex deck looking like new! 

The only maintenance recommended for your composite deck is an annual powerwash of all surfaces. This prevents mildew or mold growth that can develop over time.

In regions of high humidity, frequent rain, and snowfall, minor mildew growth is common and expected. 

Although the structural integrity of your composite deck will not be at risk, power washing will ensure the color vibrancy and aesthetics stay looking clean and new. This is one of the major factors behind the superior lifespan of composite decking.

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How much does a new Trex composite deck cost?

The cost of a new Trex composite deck can vary greatly. The price is based on many different factors. This includes whether or not you want your current wood, cedar, or composite deck resurfaced or rebuilt from scratch.

Additionally, Platinum decking offers many different backyard deck ideas and deck options. For example, Platinum Decking offers Trex lighting, Trex rain escape and different levels of detail such as picture framing and breaker boards. As your local deck builder near me, our goal is to design a deck to your needs and wants while only using the absolute best products.

Below are some examples of backyard deck ideas, along with price ranges. Please keep in mind that a composite deck is low maintenance and does not require deck painting or deck staining. Therefore, over the life span of a Trex composite deck, your investment will save you $1000’s in maintenance costs.

A deck built by Platinum Decking or Platinum Decking Naperville, will enable to you enjoy your outdoor living area for 25+ years. If you are moving soon a new Trex deck will add value to your home be a huge selling point. 

How long do composite decks last?

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Resistant to the elements, rotting, insect infestation, and any other natural cause of deterioration, composite boards are proven to last a minimum of 25-30 years – typically spanning much longer.  The main reason composite decking reigns supreme is its ultra-durability; not only maintaining structure over time but also like-new coloration. In fact, maintaining its coloration is one of the main emphases of the manufacturer’s warranty.

Each Trex deck comes standard with a 25-year fade and stain manufacturer warranty.

As a Trex Pro Platinum builder, Trex extends a 10-year labor warranty for every Trex deck built by Platinum Decking. As your preferred deck builder in the Chicago suburbs, Platinum Decking and Trex stand behind all of our work. 

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This deck in Barrington includes Trex Transcend decking, Trex Transcend Railing, Trex deck lighting, Double Picture frame with Trex Vintage Lantern and Trex Spiced Rum infill, and is a second-story deck.

Approx Deck cost $50,000-$60,000

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In Lake Zurich, A Trex resurface with Trex Rope Swing and Trex Transcend Railings. It is a ground-level deck. We installed white lattice for extra color contrast.


Approx Deck cost $20,00-$25,000

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Wood Decks

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Do you build wood decks?

Yes, Platinum Decking builds any kind of deck out of any material our client prefers. Wood is the traditional material most decks originally were made of and many continue to prefer. Each wood deck we’ve built for our clients has turned out beautifully and was executed properly with maximum durability in mind. Whether you choose the material to be pressure-treated #1 or #2 lumber, cedar, or pine, we will put the same level of detail and heart into your project like any other. Visit our gallery to see photos of recently completed decks of wood material!

Pressure Treated Wood

Pressure-treated wood is wood used specifically for construction purposes that have been infused with preservative chemicals designed to protect the wood from rot and insect infestation. The boards after being treated with those chemicals are placed in a pressurized tank that removes the air pockets in the fibers of the boards and replaces it with the preservatives. The most important aspect of the pressurizing chemical treatment is the most effective way to avoid harmful rot and insects from affecting the wood but does not prevent weathering and corrosion. It will slow down the process of weathering and corrosion, but will not prevent it altogether. 

What are the benefits of pressure treated deck boards?

The key benefit of pressure treated decking boards is that they are made to withstand weathering that natural untreated boards would. Although the chemicals applied to the boards is a sealant in itself, you do still need to annually or bi-annually seal the decking surface boards to maintain the properties that repel decay. The chemicals baked into the wood fibers during the pressurization process are meant to prevent insects, rotting, and decay from happening to the boards when exposed to the elements outside. While most who choose to install pressure-treated wood for the natural oxidation look of the boards over time, they’re also able to take stain and deck-specific paint to change the color over time. 


How long will a pressure treated deck last?

The amount of time a pressure treated deck will last is subject to a lot of variables. The answer to this question will be provided assuming the concept of lasting is being used in relation to not rotting, disintegrating, or falling apart. The simplest answer is if your deck was built right and you maintain it properly as recommended, on average you should see about 15 years out of your deck. The factors that cause variation in this lifespan is weather, conditions, build quality, and maintenance, with only one of those being in your control. 

The maintenance required to ensure you see the longest life possible out of your deck is fairly simple, but it is also time-consuming. It comes down to making sure your wood surface is properly sealed and always clear of snow, ice, leaves and water collection. Whether you use a sealant or a stain, it’s important the treatment is done regularly every year. Think of your wood fibers like a sponge. If the sponge is saturated, it won’t be able to take on more liquid because the fibers are full, which is the same concept when considering your deck boards being exposed to the elements. The sealant or stain applied to the surface penetrates the wood fibers, filling them to capacity and creating a surface barrier from additional moisture also penetrating. Throughout the seasons, your wood fibers expand and contract, breaking up the soaked in sealant or stain, causing that protective barrier to weaken and allow water to seep in. Over time your fibers will become more and more invaded by moisture damage and break down the fibers all together causing mold and rot to occur.

It is important to take into account the climate in which your pressure treated deck is being built. In the south, pressure treated decks are not recommended. Not only will the extended amount of time UV rays are beating down on the surface shorten the lifespan and durability but humidity will also be its worst enemy. Consistent humid and hot weather will without a doubt cause the fibers of wood to break down much more quickly. On a similar note, midwestern climates with icy, frigid winters and hot, humid summers will also see a shorter than average use of their wood deck. It’s not to say that you should not have a pressure treated deck in those regions, but expect to take on higher demand for maintenance.


Cedar Wood Deck Builder

When thinking about the look and budget for your new outdoor deck, many homeowners consider cedar decking. Platinum Decking, a “decking company near me” builds both with composite, cedar and pressure-treated lumber, and knows the important pros and cons. When considering cedar decking, you should know about a few factors before making your decision. We’ll start with the pros to surfacing your deck with cedar decking.


First, cedar decking is aesthetically beautiful in its early years. Many homeowners would agree that while there are different benefits to high-end composite, there is nothing that looks like a more clean and natural space than a cedar deck. High-quality cedar can be smooth the touch for decking, or rough cut to add character. Secondly, cedar decking is cost-effective on the initial deck installation cost when compared to composite decking. Trex Enhance has comparative pricing to cedar, but by and large, it will be less expensive than many composite decking lines. Thirdly, if well-maintained annually, the deck can last up to 15 years without failing boards or popping screws.

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There are cons to cedar decking. First, cedar decking is more in need of annual or biannual maintenance than pressure-treated lumber. Neither will do well in Midwest weather over time. However, cedar decking will begin to fail and dry out faster than pressure-treated lumber. Secondly, this annual maintenance will cost money and time for the life of the deck. In many cases, whether it’s because of the contractor cost or the size of your deck, maintenance will end up costing more than the initial installation of a composite deck. Thirdly, any aging wood deck will have surface layer screws and nails pop out, creating a safety hazard for kids and adults alike.

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Should I stain or seal my wood pressure treated deck?

Wood decks do need a protective coating to last longer. A stain will soak into the wood and protect it. In addition, the paint will also protect the wood but sit on top of the wood. In the long run, wood will need repairs or to be replaced. With Chicago weather, wood decks are not lasting as long as homeowners would like. It makes sense to investigate finding a deck builder or deck contractor and having a composite deck installed. Composite decks will last longer and do not require the same maintenance as a wood deck.


What are the pitfalls of pressure-treated deck boards?

A common downfall of pressure-treated deck boards is their requirement for maintenance over time. Wood of all kinds is susceptible to weathering and erosion over time no matter the treatment prior to installation. Wood is a natural material, and with that, it requires consistent tending to maintain its resistance to the elements. As seasons change and moisture condensates on the surface, water works its way into the pores of the wood. This causes inevitable mold buildup that eats away at the boards causing corrosion. Moisture is the main enemy of pressure treated wood decking, as it’s the cause of all mold buildup, causing corrosion. 

As recommended, pressure treated boards need to be sealed or stained on an annual or bi-annual basis, which can cost thousands of dollars each time depending on size. This maintenance is required to keep the fibers of the boards saturated. When sealant or stain is applied, the top 2-3mm of the wood fibers on each board saturate with the sealant/stain, repelling moisture from the elements from setting in. As the season’s change, the fibers of the boards expand and contract as the temperature fluctuates. This causes the material being held by the wood fibers to loosen and disintegrate over time and push its way out of the wood, causing peeling and flaking. As this happens, it’s important for the sealant/stain to be reapplied, re-protecting the fibers from taking on moisture.

Different Grades of Wood

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Is #1 or #2 Lumber Better?

# 2-grade lumber is almost exclusively used for framing and other non-visible construction projects. There are few defects in the lumber itself, and unlike # 1-grade lumber, knots are generally allowed. # 1-grade lumber, in contrast, has tight restrictions on knots. Because of this, the overall appearance of # 1-grade lumber is much more aesthetically pleasing. You can expect fewer defects, if any, in # 1-grade lumber compared to #2 grade. Additionally, # 1-grade lumber is stronger than # 2-grade lumber.

Debating whether one is better than the other comes down to what they are being used for. For example, if you are getting a 1st-story deck built, there is a small likelihood that you will ever see the frame. In this case, # 2-grade lumber will be your best option – you will never see its appearance, and the strength difference between #1 and #2 grades will not extend the life of your deck in any meaningful way. On the flip side, if a 2nd or 3rd story deck frame is being built, #1 grade may be a better option. If there is a patio or space underneath used for entertainment, better-looking lumber would be worthwhile. # 1-grade lumber is also applicable if you are on a coast or shoreline and could benefit from the extra strength and stiffness.

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Is Pressure-Treated Lumber Kiln-Dried?

While composite decking is on the rise, pressure-treated lumber continues to be the most popular material for homeowners when building a new deck. Not all pressure-treated lumber is equal, however. Some lumber yards and big box stores feature a more expensive line of pressure-treated lumber that is kiln-dried. Before contacting a local deck builder or starting your DIY project, it’s important to know the difference.

Firstly, what does “kiln-dried” mean, and is it worth the difference in cost? Kiln-drying is the practice of using a specialized drying chamber to control the temperature, humidity, and amount of air lumber receives during the drying process. Along with being chemical-free, this process stiffens and hardens the wood, making it stronger. With controlled drying involved, the wood will have fewer defects, be less likely to expand and contract, and have a more “finished” look to it. 

In summary, if the budget allows for kiln-dried pressure-treated lumber instead of regular, it is worth it. Your deck will be stronger, look better, and be less susceptible to decay and more resistant to sap and pods from nearby trees. Even more significant to many homeowners is the fact you can stain or paint it right after you build – a process you’d have to wait at least half a year for, if using regular pressure-treated lumber.

Difference Between Southern Pine and Douglas Fir

When building a deck, you must always build the frame with pressure-treated lumber or steel. This is because the wood is chemically treated, leaving it less susceptible to warping over time, creating structural issues for your deck. In general, many villages will dictate that you use either Southern Pine or Douglas Fir for your frame. So which type of pressure-treated lumber is best?

First, and most importantly, is the look. Pine is considered a much more beautiful product in comparison to douglas fir. For many homeowners, this may not be worth much, considering they will be using this lumber for the frame. This may be a consideration for homeowners with a second or third story deck, that use the space below for entertainment. 

As with any home improvement project, budget and cost are also considerations when comparing douglas fir and southern pine. Unless your local deck builder has an incredible deal on douglas fir with their supplier, southern pine may save hundreds or potentially thousands of dollars in materials, depending on the size of the frame.

Strength is an important factor to consider. First, it’s worth pointing out that because both are cleared by the International Building Code, you can trust that Southern Pine and Douglas Fir are both sturdy and safe for use in deck frames. Strength in wood comes down to the “grain” of the wood, or how much “soft grain” a board contains. In comparison to douglas fir, southern pine is much “softer” or susceptible to warping and twisting when exposed to the elements. Douglas fir’s tight grain lines allow for a strong, heavy board.

When weighing the pros and cons, the majority of homeowners choose southern pine over douglas fir when building the frame of the deck. The cost savings and overall look of southern pine greatly outweighs the strength difference. Ask the “deck builder near me” what they typically use, and what they would recommend for your space.

Patio and Decks


Is a Deck or Patio better for resale?

Now more than ever, people are embracing the outdoors as a primary part of their lifestyle. Having a dedicated outdoor living space at home is a must for most homeowners. A well-done outdoor deck or patio can add not only enjoyment but checks a necessary box for most home buyers. On the contrary, a poorly-done deck or patio adds a burden of maintenance and leaves unused space. This waste of real estate is a major turnoff for buyers. When deciding on whether a deck or patio is the right route for your space, answering the right questions and answering them honestly is the best way to decide. 

Knowing the intention of your space is an important place to start. Does your yard need a hangout spot? Do you need something surrounding your pool to make it look more belonging to the space? Does the space have the potential to entertain but lacks an inviting ambiance? Or, are you needing a binding space to bring an otherwise awkward landscape together? In most cases, a deck will be the go-to option. Not only do decks add significant aesthetic appeal to an outdoor living area, but they bring another level of function most people are looking for. Decks are where people gather, socialize, eat, share drinks and good conversation, all things home buyers visualize when deciding if a home is right for them. If the budget allows, a deck is a fan favorite. 

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Patios, however, have graduated from your grandmother’s concrete slab. There are now many ways to do a patio in a more modern, appealing fashion that will bring any outdoor space to the next level. One way homeowners are adding dimension is with stamped concrete. Stamped concrete is poured concrete that is stamped with patterns made to look like rock or brick when dried. You can also play around with powder coloration added to the mixture to add even more variety to your concrete. This is commonly used on pathways, landscape borders, and patio slabs for an upgraded cost-friendly look. 

Our advantage over the average deck builder

Experience – In the last 13 years our leadership team has produced over 250 jobs in the Barrington area. Additionally, we have a combined 30 years of experience in the contracting space. 

Specialization – Platinum Decking only builds decks allowing which allows crews to master the art of deck building. This enables our quality and customer service to go unmatched.

Materials Pricing – Materials on a composite deck make up about 50% of the price. This is higher than almost any service in the contracting space. However, we have negotiated significant discounts off of retail pricing. This enables us to pass those savings to our customers.

Manufacturer Relationship – Our relationships with Trex, Azek, and Timbertech enables us to have our employees professionally trained through their special programs. In addition, we are able to service our customers with resources available exclusively to their top contractors. 

Milwaukee Tools Milwaukee tools are some of the finest power tools on the market. Our relationship with Milwaukee enables us to exclusively use Milwaukee. Their tools help our crews execute at a much higher quality.

Customer Service – Contracting is an industry not typically known for customer service. Platinum Decking always puts our customers first.

Insurance– Platinum Decking has 4x the insurance required by the state of Illinois. We have a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy and full workers compensation insurance. We are proudly insured with Cincinnati Insurance 

Platinum Decking is locally owned and operated. Our company logo is a deck builder near me! 

We have locations In Barrington, Naperville, and Libertyville. 

 Your deck contractor near me

1025 Oakland Dr, Barrington, IL 60010

FAQ’s for Deck contractors and Deck builders

Trex vs Wood Decks

As Midwest winter slowly (very, very slowly) gives way to spring, homeowners begin to emerge from their houses like bears from a cave. Most take inventory of the new season with a quick look out the back door to a familiar sight. It’s not pretty: your wood deck, peeling, splintering, rotten. Emerging from underneath inches of snow for the first time in months, some of the deck did not survive winter.


How is this possible? You forked over $1000+ to a contractor. You spent a week staining it yourself. It seems hard to believe that four months of cold weather can do such a number on your deck. Yet, it has. Now you are left with a deck you can’t entertain friends on, let alone space to grill.


You begin the search: “deck builder near me.”


Many homeowners figure that this search will cure their woes. A contractor will show up and give you all the solutions you need.  It will only make you a smarter consumer if you can answer one key question before beginning your search: wood or composite?


Our 5 Step Guide will deliver answers you want BEFORE “deck builders near me” is in the search bar.


  • A wood deck is a very bad decision if you live in the Midwest. Snow, sleet or rain (mostly snow) accumulates on the horizontal surface. It sits. And sits. And sits. Illinois and Wisconsin residents will tell you that the snow that falls in October will be here until March. This constant moisture breaks down the “resin” (protective bubble) layer of the stain. Water seeps into the board and begins to rot it from the inside out.


  • The alternative? Trex composite decking. Trex composite is made of 95% recycled plastics, as well as other recycled wood. Moisture of any kind does not have any adverse effects on the composite. Many composite decking materials are designed to look just like wood, down to the grain. Simply put, the deck that goes under blankets of snow will emerge looking the same way.


  • Every spring you have new peeling, rotting and splintering wood. The vicious cycle of annually maintaining your wooden deck is not pretty. “Deck builder near me” here we come – and only once if you make the right choice.


  • The alternative: Trex composite decking. Trex composite is made of 95% recycled plastics and other recycled wood. Moisture of any kind does not have any adverse effects on composite materials. Certain composite decking materials are designed to look just like wood, down to the grain. The deck that goes under blankets of snow will emerge looking the same way.


  • Platinum Decking is the industry leader in the specialization of composite decks. We take pride in taking your wood deck nightmare and replacing or resurfacing with Trex composite decking. We are the only choice when searching, “deck builder near me.”


How Much Did Your Composite Deck Cost?

How Much Did Your Deck Cost?


This is a tough question to ask your neighbors and tough for your local deck contractors to answer because, much like many other home improvement projects, decks can be unique in both size and features. Square footage, framing, stairs, features, and more can all influence the final investment.


 You can get other price breakdowns and comparative costs at HGTV.

Does Composite Decking Scratch Easily?

Does Composite Decking Scratch Easily?


A question to answer a question: if you are a homeowner with hardwood floors, does it drive you crazy when you notice a scratch?


Those who answer yes are wise to consider what options they have when considering composite decking. Though experiences always vary, the general industry consensus is that Trex Transcend, the top tier line of decking products for Trex, is the most scratch-resistant material on the market. It is incredibly difficult to scratch at all.

The lower tiers that Trex offers, Select and Enhance, still offer scratch protection. However, it is very likely your deck will get scratched by plastic chair bottoms, animal claws and teeth, and more. The same can be said for products offered by Azek and TimberTech.

How Do You Maintain A Composite Deck?

How Do You Maintain A Composite Deck?


Chicago Composite Decking – Low To No Maintenance!

Arguably the greatest thing about a composite deck, compared to a wood deck, is the maintenance is on the no-to-low side of the spectrum. Generally speaking, a hose wash or power wash each spring or after a “dirty” season is all you need to do to keep your deck looking as good as the day it was installed. Additionally, moisture that sits on it for months (i.e. snow) will not affect the deck. Still, most homeowners shovel it off as often as their driveway.


Snow Composite Decking Maintenance?

Residents from Wisconsin, Illinois and the rest of the Midwest are moving rapidly towards composite decks, and have one concern: will shoveling scratch it? Not at all, if you install your deck with the right brand of composite material. Some brands will scratch if you aren’t careful; however, one industry consensus has been a very reliable, scratch-resistant product called Trex Transcend. Finally, you can always hire a company who provides that service or worker to powerwash your deck annually.

How Do You Clean Your Trex Deck?

How Do You Clean Your Trex Deck?


Trex Decks- Cleaning Questions

One of the biggest reasons why composite decks are a trending home improvement in Chicago is because they are a low-to-no maintenance solution. An annual wash is all you need to do keep your deck looking brand new.


Chicago suburbs Deck Builder’s Solution

When cleaning your Trex deck, clear everything off the deck. This may include items, furniture and soil from potted plants. Wet the entire surface with a hose and thumb. Grab some warm soapy water and a soft bristle brush, and make sure you scrub each board. A final, thorough rinse will have your deck looking great for the new season.


Additional Tips

Additionally, you can use a pressure washer. It is recommended you use a pressure washer on its lowest level – and a 3100 PSI or lower pressure washer is recommended. Use soap in the wash and, if possible, use salt water – hard water minerals may leave residue. Wash and rinse evenly over all areas, and rub the soap into each board with a soft bristle brush to ensure a superb clean. Rinse evenly and let dry naturally.

Does a Deck Add Value To Your House?

Does a Deck Add Value To Your House?


Add a Deck, Chicago Deck Builders!


In short: yes, adding a deck will add value to your house. What type of deck, how large it is, and how well it’s maintained while waiting to close are all factors that can change its added value. The biggest perk: a deck will add square footage to your house. You can add this footage to the house’s bottom-line total on square footage. That alone is a big win for some house sellers.


Materials Matter With Chicagoland Decks


The type of deck installed also makes a difference. If you are confident the house will sell immediately, or you are already in closing talks, a wood deck will give you the most return on investment. However, if you are half a year or more away, a composite deck is the way to go. It will not degrade at all and the ability to tout a deck that will last 25 years is much easier than a deck that will need to be stained yearly.

Is Trex Decking Slippery When Wet?

Is Trex Decking Slippery When Wet?


In general, it is highly advisable that you do not run on slick surfaces of any kind. While Trex has made some incredible innovations to their product lines in the past 5 years, make no mistake – a slick, horizontal surface that is coated in a moisture-proof sealant will be slippery. No matter who you find when searching “deck builder near me” this will be true.

That being said, the majority of Trex customers have reported that they have found the deck no more slippery when wet than a regular wooden deck. When dealing with any horizontal surface that is covered in water, take your time and be careful. You can always look into adding anti-slip treading or other materials at department stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot. You can also ask your local deck builder for suggestions.

What is Trex Deck?

The Basics of Trex


Trex composite decking is made of a mixture of wood and recycled plastics. Trex composite boards are coated on 3 sides with a sealant that protects the board from moisture, stains, scratches and more.


Trex warranties all products for 25 years. A Trex deck is expected to last at least 2-3 decades and is perfect for climates where heavy snowfall and rain are an annual occurrence. Trex boards are engineered to be installed and fastened side-by-side, so there are no visible screws.

Trex is considered the founder of the composite decking industry. It has three different lines of decking products, in addition to many other outdoor living area products. The top tier of Trex decking, Transcend, is widely considered to be the most authentic looking, matching a wooden board look down to the grain. Ask your local deck builder what materials they carry, and if they carry Trex.

Learn more about Trex here

How Much Is Composite Decking vs. Wood?

How Much Is Composite Decking vs. Wood?

First, the actual difference in price. This price difference may change depending on if you are buying the materials and building the deck yourself, or what sort of deal the local deck builder you hired has with his or her supplier. Generally speaking, composite boards will be anywhere from 3-5 times as much as pressure-treated lumber.


Second, the reason for the difference. Longevity, maintenance and amount of exposure are important factors when comparing the initial costs of composite and wood materials. Wood’s longevity is dependent on how well it’s maintained year over year. Annual or biannual staining, painting or coating is required.


Composite, however, is low-to-no maintenance. If you make the right decision when searching “deck builder near me,” a hose wash or power wash each spring will keep your boards looking as new as the day it was installed.

Can I Power Wash a Trex Deck?

Can I Power Wash a Trex Deck?


Barrington Trex Deck Builder Advice

Firstly, yes, you can powerwash a Trex deck. However, you should keep the level (color) of the power washer on its lowest. Keep the tip of the gun at a distance of at least a few feet. There are individuals you can hire to power wash, you can do it yourself, or particular companies offer power washing annually if you decide to resurface your wood deck with new Trex, or build a brand new composite deck with them.


Northwest Suburbs Chicago Deck Builder Tips

Even though a low-level power wash is always recommended, there are situations where you will only need a hose, a thumb and/or a finger to get the job done each Spring or Fall. Some Trex owners wash every season, some only annually. Talk to your local Ace Hardware, True Value, Lowe’s or Home Depot to get advice on whether tarping over the winter is excessive or useful.

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Benefits of a Trex composite deck over wood decks

  • Composite decks are very low maintenance.  However, a Trex deck only requires an annual hose down and cleaning. 
  • Traditional wood decks that will begin to fade and stain in the first few years. A Trex deck has a 25-year fade and stain warranty.
  • Unlike a composite deck, wood decks are susceptible to various insect and wildlife damage. This can lead to structural damage and safety hazards.  
  • Composite decks will never rot or splinter, creating a safe place to walk or play on.
  • For every 500-square feet Trex composite deck built, 140,000 plastic bags are used and saved from going into our local landfill
  • Read more about Trex Decks vs Wood Decks
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Barrington, Lake Zurich, Palatine Trex Deck Winter Plan

Can you put salt on your deck in the winter?

As a Chicagoland deck builder, we are always getting questions about snow removal. There are a few easy ways to remove snow from your Trex deck. The first is using a plastic shovel. We emphasize using a plastic shovel, not a metal one. A metal shovel can scratch your Trex composite. Another important note is when shoveling your Trex deck, it is recommended to shovel “with the grain,” meaning pushing the shovel the same direction the boards are running. This will further reduce the potential of any scratches. 

If you are looking for an easier way, you can simply use salt or calcium chloride. If you have any of the newer Trex products such as Trex Transcend, Trex Enhance, or Trex Select, this is a great option. If you have an older Trex project such as Accent, salt can be used but will need to be rinsed off as soon as possible. 

Please keep in mind if you do use salt to remove snow off your deck, salt can be harmful to pets. If you have a dog or cat that also uses your deck, make sure to get a pet-friendly solution.

Salt on Trex deck- Barrington
Deck snow removal- Lake Zurich

Is it important to remove snow from my Trex deck in Lake Zurich

Removing snow from your deck is recommended if you live in the Chicagoland area. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is when that snow melts, it will soak your pressure treated frame. Yes, pressure-treated wood is resistant to water, but avoiding it is best. 


Second and most important for an older deck, is the weight. If you have an older deck or older deck frame, the weight of the snow could cause an issue. There are times in the Chicago suburbs where 6”-10” of snow can accumulate quickly. Across the surface of a large deck, this can weigh a lot potentially causing a structural issue.

25 Year Trex Warranty

Palatine IL | Barrington IL | Lake Zurich IL


As your deck builder near me who cares, we are proud to offer Trex Decking’s 25-year warranty.

  • All Trex decking is covered by an industry-leading 25-year limited residential warranty. Trex has built its brand off their exceptional warranty and service.
  • In addition, our Trex decking also comes with a 25-year fade and stain warranty.
  • In conclusion, you can rest assured that your new investment will be protected for the next 25 years!
  • Read more about unparalleled Trex warranty here
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Local Barrington Home Improvement Stores

Platinum Decking has put together a list of home improvement stores in the Barrington area. This is to help with projects around your home to compliment your new Trex deck outdoor living experience. We want to thank you for letting us be your deck builder in Barrington.

Home Depot Deck Builder Near Me

Home Depot hours and Home Depot locations can be found below. Home Depot Pro desk and Platinum Decking work together on a weekly basis. The Home Depot Pro deck assists in deck ideas along with other home improvement ideas.

The Home Depot Deck Builder Palatine  
  • 825 E Dundee Rd Palatine, IL 60074
  • Store: (847) 705-6801
  • Tool and Truck Rental: (847) 705-6880
  • Pro Desk: (847) 705-6827
Home Depot Deck Designs Lake Zurich
  • 670 S Rand Road Lake Zurich, IL 60047
  • Store: (847) 726-0707
  • Tool and Truck Rental: (847) 540-4070
  • Pro Desk: (847) 540-4064
Crystal Lake Home Depot Deck Builder
  • 4447 Us Highway 14 Crystal Lake, IL 60014
  • Store: (815) 479-1030
  • Pro Desk: (815) 444-2481
Mt. Prospect Home Depot Contractor
  • 350 E Kensington Rd, Mt Prospect, IL 60056
  • Store: (847) 342-1800
Schaumburg Home Depot Deck Designer
  • 100 Barrington Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194
  • Store: (847) 798-8700
Bartlett Home Depot
  • 950 IL-59, Bartlett, IL 60103
  • Store: (630) 289-6247
Home Depot Elgin
  • 955 N Randall Rd, Elgin, IL 60123
  • Store: (847) 622-9441
Home Depot Elk Grove
  • 600 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
  • Store: (847) 352-3325
Home Depot Deck Builders Carpentersville
  • 251 Springhill Rd, Carpentersville, IL 60110
  • Store: (847) 783-0766




Deck builder Palatine – Lowes 

Lowes is full of home improvement, outdoor living space, and composite deck ideas. Lowes customer service can provide you with great Trex deck and composite deck ideas.

Lake In The Hills Lowe’s
  • 300 North Randall Rd Lake In The Hills, IL 60156
  • Store Phone: (847) 458-0419
  • ProServices Desk: (847) 458-7964
Lowes Arlington Heights
  • 990 West Algonquin Rd Arlington Heights, IL 60005
  • Store Phone: (847) 637-4240
  • ProServices Desk: (847) 637-4268


Palatine Deck Builders – Menards supplies

Menards takes pride in offering outstanding service and quality. In many cases, landscaping is a great compliment to your new Trex deck. Menards locations such as Menards in Crystal Lake offers a huge variety of landscaping ideas. Feel free to visit the below Menards locations for more deck and home improvement ideas!

Menards Long Grove
  • 2700 LAKE COOK RD LONG GROVE, IL 60047
  • Ph: 847-963-0558
Menards Crystal Lake
  • 4850 ROUTE 14 CRYSTAL LAKE, IL 60014
  • Ph: 815-459-7080
Mount Prospect
  • 740 E. RAND RD MT PROSPECT, IL 60056
  • Ph: 847-632-0291

Ace Hardware Barrington IL, Palatine IL

Ace Hardware locations like Barrington or Ace Hardware Palatine are great resources for small home improvement projects. They provide a helpful environment for homeowners that take pride in DIY for household projects. 

Ace Hardware Barrington
  • 906 S Northwest Hwy Barrington, IL 60010-4624
  • (847) 304-4325
Fox River Grove Ace Hardware
  • 980 Route 22 Fox River Grove, IL 60021-0021
  • (847) 639-4431
Ace Hardware Palatine IL
  • 239 E Northwest Hwy, Palatine, IL 60067
  • (847) 358-8100

Deck Pergola

A deck pergola can be an excellent addition to your new deck in the Chicagoland area. When looking at different deck pergola options, we highly recommend the Trex deck pergola.

Trex Pergola

Many homeowners want to install something overhead to keep their deck cool, even in the hot summer months. When it comes to privacy, shade, and cover, Trex pergola provides many unique, functional and beautiful options.

Trex pergola is made of reinforced aluminum cellular PVC, which means it is resistant to warping, rot, termites, and splitting. Like Trex decking boards, Trex pergola is warrantied for 25 years for residential projects and 10 years for commercial projects.

Trex pergolas are chosen by homeowners mainly because of their design, color options, and overall beauty. The use of Trex’s “ColorLast paint process,” you may purchase your pergola in a variety of different colors to match or complement the space below. There are seven different base designs, with custom options available for even the most ambitious project. While “Trex Pergola” gives you a more traditional look, “Trex Pergola Balance” features a more modern finish and built-in retractable awning. “Trex Pergola Element” is an all-aluminum option with wider-than-usual overhead stringers, giving a more complete shade without an additional awning. “Trex Pergola Air,” as the name suggests, is a sleeker option than others, providing less overhead cover and more retractable options. 

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Outdoor Deck Pergola | Trex Deck Pergola

Learn about Cabana X and Cabana X+ products HERE

Ask the best local contractor or local deck builder what design looks best for you, based on your design goals and budget. While a pergola adds character and cover, only Trex pergolas have the level of functionality and aesthetic that some spaces require. Consider your options and take a look at all of the different models and features of Trex pergola before making your final design decisions.


A gazebo, either as a standalone structure or as a part of your new deck, can be a great addition to your outdoor space.  If a gazebo is of interest to you, Platinum Decking has you covered.

Our Trex deck building process

Platinum Deck Building Process

Lake Zurich IL | Barrington IL | Palatine IL


Read more about how Platinum Decking Builds Decks Here

Step #1: A deck builder near me who cares- Redefining the customer experience
  • To find the perfect backyard deck idea, we need to first understand your deck vision, budget and desired time frame.
  • We will do an in-person design consultation to show you the Trex products and help give you all the backyard deck ideas we can.
  • We will leave Trex samples with you to help pick your deck colors. 
Step #2: The estimating and bidding process
  • First, we need to decide if we are going to resurface, rebuild, or design a new deck from scratch.
  • Once we decide which direction to go, we will take all the necessary measurements

  • We will provide you with different levels of Trex decking, railings, and other unique additions to help fit within your budget.

Step #3 Backyard deck ideas -Design, Select, and Secure Your Composite Deck
  • After we design your project, we will present our proposal and explain all the different options in detail.

  • Once the proposal is selected, we will finalize the scope of the project. Additionally, we will detail out what is included, schedule a tentative start date, and discuss payment options.

  • We require a 10% deposit on the total job at booking and a 40% deposit the week demolition is scheduled to begin. The remaining 50% is not paid until your project is completed.

Step #4: Deck installation- Your Outdoor Living Area Begins Construction
  • Platinum Decking has crews made up of 2-3 highly skilled deck builders. We are excited for you to meet our foremen and general crew members!

  • A week before your project begins, we will reach out and coordinate any final logistics. As you can imagine, the weather sometimes causes scheduling challenges.

  • The normal building process will be as follows:
    • Demolition
    • Diamond Footing Placement
    • Deck Framing 
    • Decking 
    • Deck lights
    • Deck Stairs 
    • Deck Railings 
  • After the completion of your project, we will do a final walk around register the Trex 25-year warranty.
  • Once everything is closed out, we will collect the remaining 50% of the project balance and explain our incredible referral program.

How long will it take to build a deck in Lake Zurich and Palatine?

The length of time it will require to build your outdoor living space is dependent entirely on what you want to be built. A deck resurface and replacement of railings may take as little as 2 or 3 days, depending on the size of your space. New construction of a structure will take much more time, as it is being started from scratch. A new deck build can take 2-3 weeks depending on the level of detail. 


Deck construction- Lake Zurich

Deck Ideas and Colors

One of the most exciting options a Trex composite deck offers is a unique color selection. Unlike a traditional pressure-treated wood deck or cedar deck,  Trex offers a wide variety of color selections that do not fade or stain for 25 years. This enables you to customize your outdoor living space in many different ways. Below are some of our most popular Trex composite deck colors. This can help give you some deck ideas to really make your next outdoor living space stand out. You can also see more deck ideas here.

Check out the decks we have built in Palatine, Barrington, and Lake Zurich HERE

Top Trex Deck Color In Barrington IL

Trex Transcend Composite Decking- Island Mist

Trex Transcend Composite Decking- Vintage Lantern

Trex Deck Lake Zurich- Top Colors

Trex Transcend Composite Decking- Spiced Rum

Trex Transcend Composite Decking- Lava Rock


Trex Deck Palatine IL- Top Colors

Trex Select Composite Decking- Pebble Gray

Trex Select Composite Decking- Winchester Gray as picture frame


Employment opportunities – Deck Builder

Lake Zurich IL Jobs | Barrington IL Jobs | Palatine IL Jobs 

Platinum decking takes great pride in hiring only the highest caliber individuals. All of our deck builders are highly trained and very experienced in the construction and building of Trex decks. We take great pride in not only hiring great individuals but also creating a great work environment. If you are interested in a job with Platinum Decking, Please check out our deck builder reviews at Indeed and Glassdoor!

Is Trex Decking recycled?

Surfacing your deck with Trex composite boards is one of the most eco-friendly options. Trex is one of the largest plastic recyclers in America, by saving more than 500 million pounds of plastic and wood from landfills annually. Their composite boards are 95% recycled plastic and wood, with the remaining 5% being necessary binding agents.  This ingenuity provides a unique and innovative way to take part in sustainable manufacturing.

For example: The average 16-foot Trex board contains recycled material from approximately 2,250 plastic bags. As noted on their website, Trex runs through a few examples of how much of an impact just one composite deck can make on waste-management and the environment. For more information visit this page on the TREX website:

Trex eco-friendly

Trex RainEscape

If your outdoor plans include a 2nd or 3rd story deck in back, you should consider the space beneath it. Many homeowners ask a local contractor to include a patio or screened-in porch for more opportunities to entertain or spend time outside. This area needs to be dry, no matter what the weather is – but with a deck and its openings overhead, how do you achieve this?

A great option is Trex RainEscape. The process for installing them is more time-consuming than other parts of a deck project, but the product is effective. Firstly, funneled openings called downspouts are placed at the end of the deck, attached to each joist. Secondly, a flexible material acting as the “trough” is rolled, cut, and laid over each joist. Using RainEscape Tape, each trough is attached, acting as a rain catch in between each joist. Installed properly, there should be no openings for water to get through. Finally, a gutter is installed that runs down the house and into the backyard or area where the deck is ending, funneling the water out just as a house gutter would. 

As you can see, anytime it rains or snows, the water will funnel down the troughs and exit through the downspout openings. These downspouts then funnel to a central horizontal gutter, that connects to a downspout on the side of the house, positing the water outside the left or right corner of your deck. Your space below will be dry, allowing for three-season rooms, patios and more to be functional year-round.

Other products and processes can be necessary while installing RainEscape as well. Applying flashing around each 4×4 post in the deck frame and caulking certain areas to ensure perfect seals are two examples of ways to ensure the project lasts a long time. Homeowners may want to add “flash tape” in between joists, or having a can light for dark work conditions are examples of options to ensure perfection. Your local deck builder can help you decide what is the best combination of RainEscape materials for your project.

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Why Install Trex RainEscapes?

When you have your local decking company install RainEscapes on the underside of your deck, the space underneath suddenly has a variety of uses. When making your vision a reality for the space, consider all the different ways you can benefit from Trex RainEscape under your deck. 

First, many families are blessed with a cook (or two.) Rain or shine, grilling and the use of other appliances are a breeze with the benefit of Trex RainEscape overhead. Homeowners can use any of the three utilities and can now entertain and serve cuisine to friends and family in a whole new way!

Leapfrogging off of utilities – the use of electricity is a big win thanks to Trex RainEscape. Homeowners can now wire and use anything electrical with no threat of rain or snow. Ask your local deck contractor what they recommend, and consider all of the different options with electricity utilities in your space.

Light it up! Ceiling lights, wall lights, string lights and more can be installed to distinguish your space. This can make your space feel significantly more finished, and allow you to use it regardless of whether the sun is up. The use of unique lights and placement can set your space apart from the rest. 

Take over the temperature. If you envision using your space for all four seasons, ceiling fans, heaters, and more can be installed by a local contractor to allow a comfortable area for your family 24/7, while still feeling outdoors.

Nothing is cooler than having entertainment for family and friends and family to enjoy – even when rain tries to disrupt the party for an hour or two! Hook up your biggest TV to enjoy the big game. Hook up the gaming console and have your children hang out and scream OUTSIDE the house. Grab your favorite blu-ray and enjoy a movie in your space with crickets chirping in the background.

Clearly, Trex RainEscape allows you to furnish whatever space you have in mind. Whether it’s a simple patio to sip coffee on or a grand space for friends and family to love and enjoy, installing RainEscape will give you the ability to add whatever features you want with peace of mind.

First, many families are blessed with a cook (or two.) Rain or shine, grilling and the use of other appliances are a breeze with the benefit of Trex RainEscape overhead. Homeowners can use any of the three utilities and can now entertain and serve cuisine to friends and family in a whole new way!

Leapfrogging off of utilities – the use of electricity is a big win thanks to Trex RainEscape. Homeowners can now wire and use anything electrical with no threat of rain or snow. Ask your local deck contractor what they recommend, and consider all of the different options with electricity utilities in your space.

Light it up! Ceiling lights, wall lights, string lights and more can be installed to distinguish your space. This can make your space feel significantly more finished, and allow you to use it regardless of whether the sun is up. The use of unique lights and placement can set your space apart from the rest. 


Take over the temperature. If you envision using your space for all four seasons, ceiling fans, heaters, and more can be installed by a local contractor to allow a comfortable area for your family 24/7, while still feeling outdoors.

Nothing is cooler than having entertainment for family and friends and family to enjoy – even when rain tries to disrupt the party for an hour or two! Hook up your biggest TV to enjoy the big game. Hook up the gaming console and have your children hang out and scream OUTSIDE the house. Grab your favorite blu-ray and enjoy a movie in your space with crickets chirping in the background.

Clearly, Trex RainEscape allows you to furnish whatever space you have in mind. Whether it’s a simple patio to sip coffee on or a grand space for friends and family to love and enjoy, installing RainEscape will give you the ability to add whatever features you want with the peace of mind.

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