Today Jenny writes:

Dear Diva, I’m curious to know what you think about Trex Transcend Decking Material? I like the idea of not having to stain or paint my deck, but I don’t know very much about the material itself. Is it worth the money? Any feedback is much appreciated.

Jenny, I love Trex Transcend Decking Material! Especially Trex Transend! The new colors are amazing and look more like real hardwood then their previous products. In particular, I love the Spiced Rum and Lava Rock. So if you are going for a tropical wood look, check those two colors out. So as you can tell, I’m a big fan of Trex and here is why.

First of all, it’s got a 25 year warranty against fading or staining. This way you won’t have to repaint or stain your deck every year! Just install it once and you’re done. Considering I’m making plans to re-stain my deck yet again, this option appeals to me on many levels!

Second, Trex products are environmentally conscious. Here’s a few quick facts about the products: Trex Transcend Decking Material is made of 98% recycled and reclaimed materials. These materials are plastic, wood and sawdust. This is amazing to me, but in an average sized deck approximately 140,000 recycled plastic bags are used!

Trex Transcend Decking Material

Third, the Transcend line uses hidden fasteners. So you don’t see the nail heads like you would on a real wood deck. This gives the deck the same seamless look as hardwood flooring.

And lastly, the Trex website is an invaluable tool to use when planning your deck. There are helpful questions, so you can determine whether you should do it yourself or hire a contractor as well as deck plans, color guides, installation instructions and warranty info.

A quick note about installation though: Make sure whoever installs it is familiar with the product. The tropical colors of Trex are colored similarly to natural wood and the different lengths will need to be mixed in together. Otherwise there would be a noticeable color variation when you went from one section of 12′ pieces to a section of 16′ pieces. But as long as your contractor is familiar with the product and it’s hardwood like color variations this can be avoided.

Do you have questions about the selecting or the installation of: tile, carpet or wall treatments (window blinds, etc)? Then email me your tale of woe(diva(at) and perhaps I will be able to answer your questions right here at the Home Makeover Diva Blog!

Written by Amanda Hartley