Wood decks can be had and built quite affordably. So when you get an estimate for a Trex deck building company and find that it is much more than you would pay for a wood deck, it's only natural to wonder why. Is it worth paying more for a Trex deck? In many cases, yes. Here are a few reasons why Trex is worth the extra cost in comparison to wood.
Trex does not need stripping, painting, or sealing.
Wood decks can look nice, but they demand a lot of maintenance if you want to keep them looking nice. You will need to strip the old finish off every couple of years and then either paint or stain the deck. You may also need to apply a waterproofing agent. This is a lot of work, and it's not easy work; hunching over all day to paint a deck is hard on your back. Trex decking doesn't require any of this maintenance. The color extends through the whole material, and water naturally rolls off of Trex. Think of all the great ways you can spend your weekends if you don't have to maintain your deck!
Trex won't develop splinters as it ages.
Have you ever been walking across a wood deck barefoot, and gotten a splinter? It's not fun. You don't wan to have to put shoes on every time you're on the deck, but with a wood deck, you don't really have a choice. Trex doesn't splinter. You can hang out all day in your bare feet and let your kids do the same — and you won't have to pull out the tweezers in the evening.
Trex doesn't appeal to termites or carpenter ants.
Humans are not the only ones who like wood. Termites and carpenter ants are also big fans of the material. They can chew a wood deck to shreds, and if you want to keep them away, you have to spend money in insecticides and pest treatments. Trex decking, however, is not appealing to termites or carpenter ants. Wood bees do not like it either. You can save on pest control expenses and also relax on the deck without having to deal with bugs.
Tex decking does cost more than wood, but for good reasons. It's an excellent deck material that you don't have to maintain or treat for pests, and that won't develop splinters as it ages.