Replacing a Wood Deck with Composite Decking
By: Danny Lipford
Unlike wood decking, a composite deck is durable, low maintenance, and won’t crack or split. Watch this video to find out DIY-friendly Trex Enhance decking, Hideaway hidden fasteners, and Transcend railings.
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Maintaining a wood deck requires a lot of work; and eventually the wood will warp, rot, and splinter. So why not replace it with beautiful and durable composite decking that will keep its good looks for many years to come, without all the work.
New Trex Enhance is a composite deck board that is ideal for backyard do-it-yourselfers because it’s available at your local Home Depot and doesn’t require any special tools for installation.
To begin your deck makeover, remove the old worn wooden boards. As they come up, be sure to check the structure underneath to ensure that it’s sturdy before you continue. Then, install new Trex Enhance composite deck boards.
Try using hidden fasteners like the Trex Hideaway system for a smooth surface. These clips tuck into the groove on the side of each board and are screwed down to the joists—holding that board, and the next one, securely in place.
This Trex railing system, called Transcend, also provides an attractive finishing touch and has the same extreme durability as the deck boards.
You now have a deck that looks like new and will resist fading, staining, and mold—thanks to the Trex Enhance protective shell. In fact, it’ll clean up with only soap and water, and you’ll never again spend a Saturday staining the deck—ever.
And for you, that means a beautiful outdoor living space you can enjoy for years to come, without tons hard work.