New products launched by Trex and Fiberon at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas allows home remodelers to build decks with a wood alternative – Composite decking materials – which offer the look of wood without the need to stain. As the material evolves, it continues to take on new colors and textures. If you’re planning a new deck, patio, or other outdoor space, read more about these promising wood alternatives.
Per a recent Consumer Reports article, Trex is adding a new light brown color, called Saddle, to its Enhance composite decking collection, which already includes Beach Dune and Clam Shell. The new shade pairs well in both contemporary and traditional settings, says Trex. Pricing is approximately $3 per linear foot, not including installation. The company is also launching an all-in-one spiral staircase made from recycled steel or aluminum content. Pricing begins at around $4,000.
Fiberon, another big name in wood alternatives, is launching its Good Life line of decking. The product is pre-finished in brown, gray, and cedar with a leading industry composite technology by Fiberon that prevents the rotting, warping, and splintering of wood. Maybe the biggest hook with the Good Life decking is its price, which is closer to wood than other composites.
Consumer Reports cautions that composite decking is often heavier than the usual pine decking.