The ChantillyTraditional Deck, DC Metro
Curved Deck Project with full EPDM 100% dry space under deck:
Shows Trex Transcendsdecking (Spiced Rum center with Vintage Lantern border) with Trex Transcends curved rails (Vintage Lantern rail with black aluminum balusters & white Trex Artisan composite post sleeves)
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Know Your Material OptionsThe two main options for decks are wood and composite boards. Historically, wood has dominated decks, but lately composite boards are more in demand. Jellema says there was a time when many homeowner’s associations didn’t allow composite decks, because they looked too plasticky and had other problems. Now it’s the complete opposite. “Many developments don’t allow wood decks,” Jellema says. “People don’t take care of them, and they can start to look ugly in five or six years when they start to weather.”Composite boards. Composite boards, seen here, are engineered products that are a mixture of wood fibers and plastic; a lot of the material comes from recycled plastic grocery bags. Some companies use old shredded carpets for wood fillers. Newer composite boards are wrapped in a thin plastic layer so they won’t stain or fade. These are more expensive than wood boards but often come with a warranty of 20 to 25 years, are low maintenance and can be made to look almost identical to any species of wood out there. Plus, they stay the same color as the day you installed them. “A lot of contractors have had problems with composites in the past, but they’re getting pretty good now,” Jellema says. Composite is about 40 to 50 percent more expensive than real wood, but because you don’t have to keep restaining it and paying for upkeep, the cost over time can be equal to or less than real wood.To clean composite decking, just rub some detergent on it and hose it off. Find decking planks and tiles
Composite DeckingFor years the biggest name in composite decking was the only name. Now Trex has been joined by Timbertech, Fiberon and many more companies producing composite decking. Trex has the advantage of excellent brand recognition, plus the company has updated its product over time to improve on its original formulation, which had its share of performance issues.