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Platinum Decking Waukesha-Oconomowoc

Deck Builder Waukesha | Deck Builder Oconomowoc | Deck Builder Delafield

Trex Pro Platinum deck builder

Trex and composite deck building specialists in Waukesha, Oconomowoc, and Delafield

 

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Platinum Customer Service

Platinum Decking was founded on the idea of delivering a platinum experience to each customer. Platinum customer service, platinum deck construction, and platinum value. Please read some of our customer reviews and view some of our beautiful work at our gallery!

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Trex Pro Platinum Deck Builder - Milwaukee

Platinum Decking is a Trex Pro Platinum deck builder in Milwaukee and centered around  Oconomowoc, Delafield, and the Waukesha areas.

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Composite Decks Save Money Long Term

Not only do composite decks look beautiful for 25+ years, but they also save you money in the long run. No more expensive deck staining or deck painting! 

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Check out more of our 5-Star projects below

In the past year, we have built just over 200 Trex and composite decks. Please check out our work to get some ideas of your own!

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About Platinum Decking Wisconsin

Platinum Decking is your personal consultant, designer, and builder, dedicated to building you a deck that transforms your outdoor living space. Our team’s dedication to our customers single-handedly separates us from any contractor. With decades of industry knowledge, combined with our team’s relationship-first mindset, our goal is for every client to have a “Platinum” experience from start to finish. What we do stems from an honest passion for the outdoors and bringing that lifestyle to your very own home. 

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Lake Country and  Waukesha Deck Builder

Platinum Decking Milwaukee is centered around Lake County and Waukesha. This includes Oconomowoc, Delafield, Oconomowoc Lake, Okauchee Lake, Pewaukee Lake, North Lake, and as far South as Lake Geneva

What sets us apart from any other deck contractor in Oconomowoc or Waukesha?

Hiring a contractor can be a daunting task for any homeowner, especially if it isn’t your first time.  It’s no secret that the industry as a whole has a less than perfect reputation. Platinum Decking knows this, through both personal and professional experience, our goal is to be on our client’s team. Taking on a new project can be.. well, a project. Start to finish, we believe it should be a fun and exciting experience for you. As for the rest, leave it to us. 

    Starting with your initial estimate, detail, and designing an outdoor space you’ll love to go hand in hand. We believe it is most important that you are a part of the process, and that the end result is one we created together. A Trex deck is something that is meant to last forever – so it’s got to be exactly what you want!  

Before creating a design, one of our design team specialists will come out in person to meet you, discuss your vision for space, and work off of that starting point. Every yard and every home is different and unique; seeing full scale in person will dictate the connection point between what we want, and what we’re able to do. Based on your unique locations building codes, it’s our job to know the building guidelines and use those details to design a deck that fits your vision, but can also be made possible. 

After measuring out and drawing up a rough design you’re happy with, then comes the fun part. Bringing out samples of all lines and options of composite materials to choose from is something we find critical for your confidence in the project. Our process is meant to give you a full understanding of the material differences, benefits, and provide a sense of confidence in your decision.

Once we’ve got the design, decking colors, and railing figured out, we’ll take all of that back to the drawing board and create an official estimate for you. To go along with a write scope of work, we’ll include a sketch or 3D rendering model of your new deck. After finalizing things and getting a spot lined up in our schedule, this will give you a good look at the outdoor living space you can look forward to! Our attention to detail, going above and beyond, and enthusiasm behind each of our projects is what earned us the title of becoming your #1 local deck builder. 

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The Platinum Experience

Every step of the way, our dedication centers from providing our homeowners with a truly Platinum experience. From A-Z, your guarantee is that you’re taken care of; before the project begins, and most importantly after the project is completed.

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What makes working with Platinum Decking different?

From the first impression to the final walkthrough, we’re dedicated to giving our customers what we call the Platinum experience. Our team is made up of a unique dynamic of industry experience, customer service orientation, and honest dedication to a job well done. It all starts with the in-house crews that work with us year-round, constantly developing their skills to be the best at what they do. Each of our guys has years of experience brought to the table, combined with having proven dedication to getting better every day in their trade. Secondly, our executive team brings a level of cohesion, customer service, expertise, and everyday enthusiasm that is unparalleled. Every step of the way, helping make our customers feel taken care of and educated in their project development. We believe your new deck can be a beautiful extension of your home and bring the joys of outdoor living to your back door.  

Please visit our deck Gallery to view our high-quality deck building standards.

Platinum Quality Deck Building Materials 

Building a deck space with composite and PVC materials in the Midwest just makes sense; for your wallet and your sanity. Let’s face it, we don’t have the most consistent climate! We’ve all heard the joke.. Sweatshirt for the morning, shorts for the afternoon, and winter jacket for the evening. If we’re being honest, building an outdoor deck with wood in the midwest is the actual joke. No matter the level of upkeep, the quality of stain, sealant, or paint, it just doesn’t last. We believe that the smartest financial investment when building a new deck is to use only maintenance-free materials. 

The main reason for this is the extreme fluctuation in weather so frequently. When the air cools and heats up, the fibers in your wood boards expand and contract with that change. Each time this happens, the wood fibers weaken, pushing out any material they’ve previously soaked in. When the stain, sealant, or paint is pushed out, that void left over is filled in with moisture; woods’ worst enemy. Over a short period of time, that consistent expansion and contraction of the wood cause rot and the breakdown of the board, making each coat you apply less and less effective to preserve the wood. Depending on a number of maintenance factors, you’re looking at an average of 2-3 years of things looking good before the inevitable board replacement begins. 

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Committed to building with only the best and most reputable materials, to us, it comes down to Trex composite and Azek PVC. Not only do they make deck maintenance a thing of the past, but you’re protected from fading, staining, and discoloration for 25-50 years! 

Trex composite provides 4 lines of composite ranging in price to fit any budget and over 20 color options to choose from. Colors range from your more modern grays to traditional browns that mimic the look of actual stained wood. Read more about each of the Trex decking lines here

TimberTech Azek PVC decking varies slightly from composite, in that it is made up of 100% plastic, with no wood fiber. Giving you a truly forever option, Azek has 2 lines and 9 color options to choose from, both giving contrast to Trex’s look. With a little less of the wood grain stamp texture on each board, Azek has a more modern feel that is unique to the board. To dig deeper into the benefits of Azek decking for your project, look here.

We believe both Trex and Azek are the Platinum-level decking materials and the best options to consider for your new deck space. 

If you are interested in learning more about our deck building process, please visit our “How to build a deck” page by clicking HERE

AZEK Decking- Oconomowoc

AZEK decking is not a composite material like Trex. Rather, AZEK is made of 100% plastic PVC. This gives a very different look than a Trex composite board but does have some unique benefits and color options. 

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Platinum Decking is a Trex Pro Platinum Builder. As one of the largest Trex deck builders in the country, we have built over 200 Trex decks in the past 2 years. Trex is our specialty at Platinum Decking. 

TimberTech Decking- Delafield

Like Trex, TimberTech decking is a composite board. TimberTech composite decking’s claim to fame is their “4 sided” cap vs a Trex board that is capped on 3 sides. TimberTech also has a variety of different colors. 

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Building a deck space with composite and PVC materials in the Midwest just makes sense-for both your wallet and your sanity. Let’s face it, we don’t have the most consistent climate! We’ve all heard the joke.. Sweatshirt for the morning, shorts for the afternoon, and winter jacket for the evening. If we’re being honest, building an outdoor deck with wood in the Midwest is the actual joke. No matter the level of upkeep, the quality of stain, sealant, or paint, it just doesn’t last. We believe that the smartest financial investment when building a new deck is to use only maintenance free materials. 

 

The main reason for this is the extreme and frequent fluctuation in the weather. When the air cools and heats up, the fibers in your wood boards expand and contract with that change. Each time this happens, the wood fibers weaken, pushing out any material they’ve previously soaked in. When the stain, sealant, or paint is pushed out, that void left over is filled in with moisture; wood’s worst enemy. Over a short period of time, that consistent expansion and contraction of the wood causes rot and the breakdown of the board, making each coat you apply less and less effective to preserving the wood. Depending on a number of maintenance factors, you’re looking at an average of 2-3 years of things looking good before the inevitable board replacement begins. 

Committed to building with only the best and most reputable materials, to us, it comes down to Trex composite and Azek PVC. Not only do they make deck maintenance a thing of the past, but you’re protected from fading, staining and discoloration for 25-50 years! 

Trex composite provides 4 lines of composite ranging in price to fit any budget, and over 20 color options to choose from. Colors ange from your more modern grays, to traditional browns that mimic the look of actual stained wood. Read more about each of the Trex decking lines here

TimberTech Azek PVC decking varies slightly from composite, in that it is made up of 100% plastic, with no wood fiber. Giving you a truly forever option, Azek has 2 lines and 9 color options to choose from, both giving contrast to Trex’s look. With a little less of the wood grain stamp texture on each board, Azek has a more modern feel that is unique to the board. To dig deeper into the benefits of Azek decking for your project, look here.

We believe both Trex and Azek are the Platinum-level decking materials and the best options to consider for your new deck space.

AZEK Decking

 

A lot of people wonder what maintenance-free material they should be using. There are so many companies and materials out there and as your local deck builder, we want to introduce you to one of the most premium boards out there that will eliminate all of your deck maintenance. AZEK is unlike any other material and is made from PVC instead of recycled composite material. What this means for you as a homeowner is that it is 30% cooler and does not absorb as much heat as composite decking. This decking also is much faster at cooling down as compared to composite decking because it dissipates the heat faster. For instance, summers in Wisconsin can get pretty hot and this is especially important if you own a lake house or have any property near water like a pool because people will want to walk on the deck barefoot and with TimberTech AZEK PVC decking you can do just that. 

Additionally, there are many more benefits to choosing AZEK for your backyard deck beside it just being cooler. Another great benefit to AZEK PVC decking is the fact that this decking is sun and water-resistant, meaning it cannot mold or warp. This is why AZEK can offer a 50-year materials warranty on this decking because really nothing can go wrong. Not to mention, the cuts are much cleaner as compared to composite or wood decking boards because it is made up of all PVC. 

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Another key point we would like to mention is that because this decking is PVC it is much lighter weight, which may not be the biggest selling factor for you as a homeowner, but for us deck builders, this makes the job go by faster and smoother as compared to using other types of decking boards. Lastly, TimberTech AZEK offers three different lines of looks and colors which vary in price point. The nice thing about this is that the same quality of the board is consistent with all of these lines, Basically, you choose the style and color you like as well as price point and AZEK is guaranteed to make your outdoor living space spectacular. 

Deck Pergolas

Trex pergola, Aluminum (American Building Supply), Cedar/Wood pergola:

 Many people love the look of pergolas but have no knowledge of what type of material is the best and most affordable for their deck. As your local deck builder, we are here to help you figure out what pergola makes the most sense for you and your outdoor living space. When it comes to pergolas there are three main options; these include cedar/wood pergolas, Trex pergolas, and aluminum pergolas. Most people believe wood is always the cheapest option, but that is a myth. To put the prices of each of these options in perspective, for a 10’ x 10’ freestanding Trex pergola the cost would be about $13,000. For the same size Cedar pergola, the cost would be about $10,000; and for the same size aluminum pergola, the cost is about $7,975. As you can see from a cost standpoint the aluminum pergolas are significantly cheaper than the other two options. At Platinum Decking, we highly recommend the aluminum pergolas, but not just because of the price.

What makes these aluminum pergolas stand out versus a cedar pergola is quality. These pergolas are completely maintenance free unlike wood pergolas and they can withstand weather a lot better than wood or Trex pergolas. These aluminum pergolas come in a few different colors and can withstand winds up to 100 mph. This aspect of these pergolas being highly weather resistant is extremely important for the Midwest considering the crazy winds and storms we have in almost every season. Although we recommend the aluminum pergolas in most scenarios, we also believe the Trex pergolas look incredible and give you the ability to match your deck colors perfectly! So, this is another great option, but the cost is significantly higher with few performance benefits.

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American Building Supply Alumium Pergola

The three things we ask our clients to keep in mind when choosing a pergola that best fits their needs are quality, maintenance level, and durability. Not only do the aluminum pergolas cover all of these bases, but they are also extremely customizable. Some examples of this are the ability to adjust the spacing between beams, providing more or less shade on the deck, and having the option of either a floating versus freestanding pergola. The difference between the two is that the free-standing aluminum pergola have all four posts bolted to the deck and the floating aluminum pergola style has one end attached to the house and the other end has two posts. In many cases, a floating pergola can save $1,500 or more depending on the size as it eliminates two posts, lowering the material and labor cost of installation.

Deck Skirting

 Trex Skirting

When it comes to creating a finished look to the base of your backyard deck there are a few different options to consider. These options include vertical skirting, horizontal skirting, and lattice. Some homeowners love the thought of having skirting around their deck while others prefer to leave that space open. 

To explain these skirtings further, vertical skirting is when you construct deck boards vertically on the outside exposed space of your deck. This can benefit the appeal of your deck by hiding any exposed framing under the main deck boards. The higher your deck is, the more exposed framing you have. Another benefit to vertical skirting is that besides the appeal factor, you can also use the underneath of your backyard deck for storage. Vertical skirting will allow you to secretly store your gardening tools, ladders, hoses, outdoor kid’s toys, and many more things you wish to store away outside. This makes for a clean and practical outdoor living space. 

Furthermore, another option to entirely enclose the base of your deck off is horizontal skirting. Horizontal skirting essentially serves the same as vertical skirting, but the boards are constructed horizontally versus vertically. This is less common than vertical skirting, but it is really up to you as the homeowner to determine your style preference for your deck. As your local deck builder, we want you to love the way your deck looks because our decks are built to last you a lifetime. 

Lastly, lattice would be the other option besides vertical and horizontal skirting that you could have around the base of your deck. One thing to note about lattice is that it is more affordable compared to the other two types of skirting. Lattice is a criss-cross like design that doesn’t entirely close off the bottom of the deck. There are still small holes that allow for airflow to the frame of your deck. This is important to note because lattice will allow the framing of your deck to breathe so moisture does not get trapped underneath. Additionally, lattice can serve in a similar manner to horizontal and vertical skirting because it can also allow for storage under your deck as well as an appealing factor to hide most of the framing. 

Now one thing to note with all of these different types of skirting options; many people want one of these for the purpose of keeping animals out from under your deck. But as your deck installer, we want to educate you and tell you that if an animal wants to get under your deck, they will always find a way. Many animals can burrow underground and easily find a way around deck skirting. No matter what you do there is nothing that is effective in keeping animals out. As your deck builder, we always suggest that to choose skirting for your deck based on either the appeal factor or for any storage purposes.

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Deck Privacy Walls

RDI Privacy Walls- When you are enjoying your outdoor living space sometimes it’s nice to have some privacy from neighbors, busy streets, or just the mere hustle and bustle of everyday life. One way to make your outdoor living experience more enjoyable and private is by adding a privacy wall. Privacy walls can be designed however you would like, but they can be very expensive. As your local deck builder, we strive to fit your needs with quality options that are affordable to you as a homeowner. One way in which we achieve this affordability and high-quality privacy wall for our clients is by offering RDI privacy walls. The reason why these privacy walls are so affordable is the fact that they are prefabbed in specific design options that you as a homeowner get to choose from. A great benefit to these privacy walls is that they are all maintenance-free. Every RDI privacy wall is made out of PVC which means you do not have to maintain the color every year by painting or staining these walls; they are weather resistant to fading. These privacy walls come in a variety of different colors and designs to best suit your wants and needs and our design consultants would be happy to go over all of the different RDI privacy wall options with you. 

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Trex Benching:

There are many ways to spice up your ordinary deck. A few examples include deck lighting, pergolas, cocktail railings, and benches. Trex benching is one of our favorite ways to add more character to your backyard deck. One positive to Trex benching is that it is bolted into the frame, meaning the bench is stationary. Trex benches will not move and offer a very stable seating area for you, your family, and your guests. There is no better furniture that matches your deck perfectly than a Trex bench.  Additionally, as a proud Home Depot deck builder, there are many benches you can buy in store, but what separates Trex benching from a prefabbed bench is that it can be built in the style and size that fits your outdoor living space needs. Lastly, because Trex Benching is made out of composite it creates a low maintenance bench that is resistant to wear and tear. This helps create a long-lasting bench that is both practical and appealing.

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Benefits/Why we picture frame all of our decks:

As your local deck builder, we strive to build you a deck that is installed properly and will last to its full potential. There are many things that we go above and beyond to ensure that your deck is built the right way. What separates us from many other deck contractors are the specific guidelines we follow to create a quality outdoor living space for you and anyone that will be stepping foot on your deck. Something that is very important to us and should be done to every Trex or Azek deck to ensure longevity is what’s called picture framing. Picture framing is when you build what looks like a border on the outside perimeter of the deck floor. The corners are cut at a 45-degree angle so the boards come perfectly together to form each corner of the deck. The picture frame board that borders the entire deck has a finished edge of PVC coating to ensure that there are no butt ends exposed. Not only does this create a clean and finished look, but it also protects the deck boards from weathering or excessive moisture. Picture framing each and every deck will ensure that the deck will last as long as the warranty. If you take a look at our gallery, you will be able to see how much of a difference picture framing makes to the appeal of the deck. Because we use such high-end materials, we want that same quality throughout the entire installation of your beautiful new deck. As a Trex-Pro Platinum builder, we can ensure that your deck will be built with all the love and care it deserves. We want to make your outdoor living experience one that is worthwhile.

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Deck Joist Tape

Joist tape is something that is not talked about a lot but should be. Joist Tape is a tar-based adhesive that is placed on top of your joists; between the joists and the deck boards. When it heats up in the summertime it creates a watertight barrier extending the life of your frame. This overall prevents any moisture from getting into the frame and warping it. One thing about a composite deck is that you want to make sure the frame lasts as long as the new deck boards because the frame is made out of pressure-treated wood and typically does not have as long of a lifespan. Joist tape gives that frame just extra protection as the years go on. As your local deck builder, we recommend for any resurface to always add on joist tape to your project because it ensures the frame will last an additional 15 years. New deck frames are meant to last up to 40 years in climates like Boston, but in Chicago and Wisconsin new deck frames last up to 24 years because of the harsh climates these states have. Having four seasons of weather year-round of ice, snow, rain, and a lot of humidity anything can happen to your deck frame. When putting new composite decking down on your deck like Trex, it is warrantied for up to 25 years, so it is important that you have your frame last just as long to make sure you get the most longevity out of your deck. 

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Types of Deck Lighting

Deck lighting is an amazing way to spice up your deck and give it more character. One thing that we always hear from our clients is that if they were to regret something about their deck it would be that they didn’t add on lighting. When it comes to deck lighting there are many different things as a homeowner you can choose from. The four different types of lights that you can add to your backyard deck include post cap lights, post downlights, stair riser lights, and recessed lights. Post cap lights go on the caps of each railing post and they shine on all four sides of that post. Post downlights go on one side of the railing post and they come as either wedge-shaped or rounded. Stair riser lights go on the stair riser or in other terms the fascia board of the stairs. These stair riser lights illuminate your steps at night, and they are one of the most popular types of lighting to add to your outdoor deck. The last type of light is recessed lights which is the same type of light as the stair riser lights but they can be added to the floor of your deck. With recessed lights, a lot of homeowners add these lights right into the floor under the rails of the railings to illuminate them, or on a specific walkway of a deck.

The way that all of these lights are set up is through a transformer. This transformer is hidden under your deck and it has specific connectors and wiring hooked up to control and power all of your deck lights. The way the lights are controlled by you, the homeowners is that there is a timer hooked up to one of the outdoor outlets of your house to where you can set it to what time you want the deck lights to turn on and off. For an additional cost, you can also get what’s called a dimmer remote which has a 30-foot radius from inside your house where you can turn the lights on and off at your convenience as well as dim the lights. Overall, lights are a beautiful addition to your house and we highly recommend them.

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Deck Tension Tie

Kits DTTZ kits by Simpson:

Deck Tension Tie Kits (DTTZ Kits) are brackets that are L-shaped which attach to the joists and then to the house. This creates for additional support so the deck cannot get detached from the house. This is another means of security in addition to the ledger board in which the deck is secured to the house in that fashion. Some cities require the DTTZ Kits and some do not, but you can always have us as your local deck builder add them when we are doing a build from scratch because it is always good to add more support than none. Needless to say, these kits are a great way to ensure the longevity of your deck.

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Home Improvement stores near:
Oconomowoc, Delafield, and Waukesha 

Home Depot near Oconomowoc

Home Depot is always a great place to look for new backyard and deck ideas. As a Home Depot Pro, we work closely with them.

Home Depot Delafield  
  • 3400 Hillside Dr, Delafield, WI 53018
  • Store: (262) 646-9160
Home Depot Waukesha
  • 2320 W Bluemound Rd, Waukesha, WI 53186
  • Store: (262) 717-0344
Home Depot Wauwatosa 
  • 4100 N 124th St, Wauwatosa, WI 53222
  • Store: (414) 353-5471
Home Depot Menomonee Falls
  • N94 W, 18375 Thunder Ridge Dr, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
  • Store: (262) 502-9840
West Allis Home Depot 
  • 11071 W National Ave, West Allis, WI 53227
  • Store: (414) 329-1366

 

Lowe’s near Oconomowoc 

An alternative to Home Depot for outdoor projects is Lowe’s. Below is the info for your nearest Lowe’s. 

Lowe’s
  • 12000 W Burleigh St, Wauwatosa, WI 53222
  • Store Phone: (414) 257-4159

 

Menards near Oconomowoc

Menards is one of the leaders in the state of Wisconsin for treated lumber and building supplies. Along with Home Depot, we use them for many different building supplies. 

Menards Pewaukee
  • 1357 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee, WI 53072
  • Ph: 262-695-0664
Menards Waukesha
  • 2315 W Bluemound Rd, Waukesha, WI 53186
  • Ph: 262-717-9287
Menards Germantown 
  • W186N9754 Appleton Ave, Germantown, WI 53022
  • Ph: 262-502-1641
Menards West Allis 
  • 2535 S 108th St, West Allis, WI 53227
  • Ph: 414-545-1903
Menards Franklin 
  • 10925 W Speedway Dr, Franklin, WI 53132
  • Ph: 414-425-7309
Menards Milwaukee
  • 8110 W Brown Deer Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53223
  • Ph: 414-355-5666

Ace Hardware’s near Oconomowoc

For smaller home improvement projects, Ace can be a great resource of Home Depot or Menards it too far away. 

Ace Hardware Oconomowoc
  • 1081 Summit Ave, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
  • (262) 567-8288
 Ace Hardware Delafield
  • 2835 Heritage Dr, Delafield, WI 53018
  • (262) 646-4101
Ace HardwareWaukesha
  • 212 E Sunset Dr, Waukesha, WI 53189
  • (262) 542-5775
Ace Hardware Pewaukee
  • 1268 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee, WI 53072
  • (262) 695-8900
Ace Hardware Sussex
  • N64W24330 Main St, Sussex, WI 53089
  • (262) 246-3707

Below are some common deck questions we get. We hope it is helpful in helping educate the benefits of a composite deck. 

Can you put a gas fire pit on a Trex Deck?

Yes, you can put a gas fire pit on Trex decking. Although, we do not recommend putting a wood fire pit on a Trex deck because they’re typically lower to the ground and the bottom of the fire pit gets very hot due to the hot coals sitting at the bottom. Also, the wood has a tendency to pop which shoots out hot embers that could land onto your deck and melt it.

Do Trex boards expand and contract with cold or hot weather?

Yes, Trex boards do expand and contract with the hot and cold weather. But, they do not contract or expand as much as wood decking which can easily split or crack in extreme weathers. You will not have to worry about Trex decking cracking or splitting with hot or cold weather.

Can you put a floor mat on a Trex deck?

Yes, you typically can put a floor mat on a Trex deck. But, there are specific floor mats that can possibly stain your deck. Mats that contain latex or rubber in the material could leave marks on the deck or even color transfers so be careful in the floor mat you choose.

What Trex boards get the warmest? Which do not heat up as much?

Any color that is darker gets the warmest. For example, Trex Transcend Vintage Lantern, Trex Select Woodland Brown, Trex Enhance Basics Clam Shell, and Trex Select Winchester Grey would get the warmest. On the other hand, the colors that are the lightest do not heat up as much. Some examples of these colors would include Trex Enhance Naturals Foggy Wharf, Trex Transcend Gravel Path, Trex Transcend Rope Swing, and Trex Select Pebble Grey.

How much weight can a Trex railing hold? Are they as strong as wood railings? 

All deck railing have a minimum requirement to hold at least 500 pounds for the international building code. Trex railings actually surpass this minimum of 500 pounds. Both wood and composite railings are similar in terms of strength if installed correctly. The only difference for wood railings is the maintenance every year of painting or staining them versus composite railings where the only maintenance is to hose them down if they get dirty. 

How do you cool down composite decking?

One way to cool down composite decking is by putting cold water on it, and another way would be to provide shade over the decking boards. 

How hot does Trex decking get in the sun?

This varies by color because the lighter colors stay cooler whereas the darker colors get hotter. Trex decking can range from 34° F to 74° F hotter than surrounding areas.

Does Trex decking scratch easily?

This question depends on what line you go with for Trex decking. Trex decking contains four different lines. In order from the lowest quality to highest quality you have: Trex Enhance Basics, Trex Enhance Naturals, Trex Select, and Trex Transcend Decking. Each board is compiled of 95% recycled material with a PVC cap on top coating the board. As you move up in line the PVC cap becomes harder which makes it more scratch-resistant. All lines have the possibility to scratch, but Trex Transcend decking is the most scratch-resistant composite decking on the market. As far as the other lines, if you are a homeowner that has dogs or a lot of company over we do not recommend going with the Trex Select line. This is because Trex Select has more of a stamped look to it versus wood grain-like indentations that hide scratching which all of the other lines do. If you are highly worried about scratching, go with Trex Transcend decking and you will not be disappointed.

What is comparable to Trex decking?

There isn’t necessarily any better composite decking on the market. Trex is the leader of the composite decking business. They have been around the longest which means they have been able to find out what does and doesn’t work for composite decking. We also highly recommend AZEK decking, but they are not composite decking, they are PVC decking. As far as quality goes both are great maintenance-free decking boards to put on your deck. Talk to our sales representatives/design consultants for more information on Trex decking versus AZEK decking to see what board works best for your backyard deck.

Which Trex product is best?

The best Trex product is Trex Transcend decking boards. As mentioned above, “Trex decking contains four different lines. In order from the lowest quality to highest quality you have: Trex Enhance Basics, Trex Enhance Naturals, Trex Select, and Trex Transcend Decking. Each board is compiled of 95% recycled material with a PVC cap on top coating the board. As you move up in line the PVC cap becomes harder which makes it more scratch-resistant. All lines have the possibility to scratch, but Trex Transcend decking is the most scratch-resistant composite decking on the market.” As your local deck builder, we highly recommend you go with Trex Transcend decking.

 

What is the most popular Trex Deck Color?

The most popular Trex decking colors include: Trex Transcend Island Mist, Trex Transcend Tiki Torch, and Trex Transcend Spiced Rum. All of which we install a lot!

Does Trex fade in the sun?

No, Trex decking does not fade in the sun. In fact, with any Trex decking line you go with, they all come with a 25-year fade and stain warranty.

Does Trex decking warp?

No, Trex decking does not warp, again, the 25-year fade and stain warranty also covers warping. There is much stigma on the internet where people compare phase 1 Trex decking to the new Trex decking where the old line could warp and could stain. Just like any new product on the market, it is never perfect. Since then, Trex has improved their boards immensely and the new Trex decking does not fade or stain which is guaranteed for at least 25 years. 

What is a Gazebos?

Gazebos are a great way to enhance your outdoor living space on your deck. They provide shelter from the rain, snow, and hail; but they also allow for open airflow from the screening. Gazebos also protect people from insects like mosquitoes.

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