TREX Accents Composite Decking, is the most common brand found in our area. Although I have very little experience with composites, (I’m an old redwood and cedar guy), my son John-also a contractor has used TREX Accents on many projects.
The thing that John’s customers like about this stuff, is that it is reversible-meaning you have a choice of a smooth surface or one that has a simulated wood grain texture. Although most customers prefer the wood grain, some have opted for the smoother side.
The Accents brand, comes in several different profiles such as 5/4” x 6”, grooved 5/4” x 6” and the good ol’ standard 2”x 6”, that this old goat is familiar with. All three profiles come in 12′, 16′, and 20′ lengths. They are all available in the following colors; Woodland Brown, Winchester Gray, Saddle and Madeira. (Winchester Grey, is by far the most popular color in our area, with Saddle a close second).
UPDATE!! Brittany, a rep from Trex, just emailed me, saying they now carry a 1×6 deck board that comes either square edged or grooved for the hidden fasteners. I am awaiting further details and will update the information as it develops. (My thanks to Britany)!!
John says, that all the Trex Accent he has installed, has been the 5/4” x 6” decking on 16” centers.
Installation is a snap, with either surface mounted-colored to match screws, or TREX’s “Hideaway,” Hidden Fastener System, used with their 5/4”x6” grooved decking boards. John states, that he hasn’t had a customer yet, requesting the hidden fastener system. His conclusion, is that it may be the additional cost of the grooved boards and the “Hideaway” fastener’s).
TREX has a host of installation videos available. They cover basic installation techniques, using colored surface screws, the TREX Deck Hideaway Fastener System, (Used with their grooved deck boards), and good videos on TREX Artisan and TREX Designer Series railing systems. (Take me to the videos!)
Just like redwood or cedar decking, Trex Accents fades somewhat over time, when exposed to sunlight and rain. Trex states that it takes somewhere between twelve to sixteen weeks, for this to occur, dependent on the type of weather, the material is exposed to.
Image Copyright © Trex.com/From Trex Decking and Railing Brochure
If your looking for something that will not fade as much or very little, check out Trex Escapes. It uses cellular PVC technology that will not weather as much as other Trex products, however it will lighten a bit, over a longer period of time.
Although I have read some complaints of staining and mildew problems, John reports that he hasn’t had any negative feedback, over the many years he has been installing Trex. He has installed it on many residential homes in the city, all the way, to cabins up north, in harsh mountain country.
Just like any wood decking, composites require at a minimum, some basic maintenance. Trex recommends “…a composite cleaner or a combination of soap, hot water, and a soft bristle brush at the time of installation, and semi-annually (typically Spring and Fall) after the installation.”
Trex has a host of railing options for any deck, which come in many colors, styles and shapes. Some railing options are Trex Traditional-Similar to what I was familiar with on redwood and cedar decks, Trex Designer, and Trex Transcend. You can also find ADA complaint products and railing ideas.
Trex comes with a 25 year limited residential warranty, which you can download-Trex Warranty. John notes that this warranty, will not cover the labor to either remove or replace a damaged Trex product. You should read and become familiar with any manufacturer’s warranty before purchase.