Elegant Outdoor Living: Introducing TREX Decking in Sydney
Composite decking has become a popular choice for Sydney-siders who want to enjoy their outdoor space without the regular maintenance (and the cost) that comes with timber – and there is a range of composite products to choose from. Enter Trex.
The benefits of Trex Decking
Are you looking for a durable and low-maintenance decking option? Trex composite decking is the perfect solution. Just check out some of these benefits!
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Is Trex decking the Same as Composite?
Yes and no.
Trex decking is the most well-known composite material available, contributing to roughly 40% of the world’s combined market. Just as Starbucks Coffee isn’t the only takeaway coffee shop on the market, but it is the market leader, Trex is the leading provider of composite deck materials.
While composite boards get recognition (and rightfully so) for their low maintenance finish, a wide range of colours, and environmentally-friendly make-up, get plenty of samples before you decide which board to invest in.
Your Local Trex Decking Sydney Experts
UrbanArch Building are leading Trex Decking Installers in Sydney. We favour Trex decking products because of the material’s unmatched advantages and how good the final product always looks. Whether you’re looking at building a new deck around your pool, restoring your existing deck around your property, or learning more about composite decking for a commercial building, working with the decking Sydney experts at UrbanArch Building will see you sorted.
As one of the leading installers for the Trex decking brand of composite deck boards and accessories, UrbanArch Building gives you the advantages of market-leading composite material with the care and eye for detail of a local, family-run business.
We are passionate about creating beautiful outdoor living spaces that go beyond traditional timber decks. Maintenance-free, with no exposed screws, stain resistant, high performance, environmentally friendly, and with deep natural timber palettes, a Trex deck is the perfect solution for any Sydney property. We love installing Trex decking in Sydney – if you’d like to learn more about our decks and Trex products, contact the friendly team at UrbanArch today.
Trex decking is sustainable and green
Trex Decking is the world’s largest manufacturer of alternative timber products. The company established its credentials as a green environmental company in the 1990s when it opened its first commercial plant dedicated to producing composite decking materials. Trex deck boards are almost indistinguishable from timber but offer many advantages over traditional materials. Its products contain 95% recycled materials, and the company hasn’t cut down a single tree to create modern, elegant decking materials.
Trex Deck products have all the answers if you are looking for beautiful, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly decking in Sydney.
UrbanArch Building is one of Sydney’s leading installers of Trex decking. If you’re looking for the best wood-alternative composite decking, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything better than Trex.
What Trex decking colours are available?
The Trex Transcend colour range is available in Australia. It debuted in 2010 and is available in 7 colours to complement any home, business, or outdoor space. It has become the most popular range of decking products in Australia.
There are five premium Tropical colours and two classic Earth tones available.
Trex Tropical colours: Island mist, Havana gold, Lava rock, Spiced rum and Tiki torch
Trex Earth colours: Rope swing and Gravel path
Trex Transcend maintains its colours’ vibrancy and luxurious embossed finish for a warranted 25-year period – with very little, if any, maintenance.
If you would like to see a larger Trex sample in your home, call us on 0413 185 735 today, and we will be happy to organize that for you.
Trex Island mist: A cool combination of relaxing silver tones, it has the weathered look of driftwood. Perfect for coastal properties or the modern, stylish home popular in Sydney today.
Trex Lava rock: Featuring rich reddish-black undertones, Lava Rock looks and feels like a magnificent redwood with a rich, warm palette of colours.
Trex Havana gold: An aspiring blend of caramel and honey hues, it is a warm brown color that looks like tropical teak and is perfectly suited to most Australian modern brick homes.
Trex Spiced rum: A deep brown with onyx black lowlights, Spiced Rum resembles the rich deep brown of Brazilian walnut timber.
Trex Tiki Torch: Featuring hints of nutmeg and ginger, Tiki Torch is a cool light brown designed to imitate tropical teak.
Trex Rope swing: An understated, sandy mushroom colour, it’s a cheerful color for an outdoor place to relax.
Trex Gravel path: Like a rocky country lane, Gravel Path brings a pristine grey to any outdoor setting.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do Trex decking composite materials cost?
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for.
While a Trex deck is typically more expensive than a hardwood timber deck such as spotted gum (expect to pay 20% to 30% more for composite deck boards than kiln-dried hardwood), you end up on the right side of the ledger in the long run.
Trex Transcend boards are available in 3 lengths. Each board is 14 centimetres wide and 2.5 centimetres thick.
4.88 metres – $141.90 per board ($29.07 a linear metre)
5.48 metres – $159.50 per board ($29.07 a linear metre)
6.10 metres – $177.10 per board ($29.07 a linear metre)
Fasteners are an additional cost. The most common and best fastener is the Trex-patented Hideaway Fastener. These are about 59 cents each; you need just over three per linear metre of board.
Call us on 0413 185 735 for more For more information on Trex decking Installation and we will happy to answer any questions you may have.
How do trex decking prices compare to hardwood decking prices?
A Trex deck board costs $29.07 a linear metre/$207.55 a square metre.
Random length Spotted Gum deck boards are $18.37 a linear metre/$136 a square metre (A pack will contain lengths ranging from 1.00 metre to 5.4 metres in length) and will take longer to cut and install.
A composite board is quicker to install and doesn’t have hardwood’s annual maintenance costs. Maintenance costs with a reputable firm will usually be $60 – $80 an sq metre per year. That adds up to high maintenance costs over the life of your deck. Think sanding, acid washing, and oiling.
Considering that the average Sydney deck is between 30 square and 40 square metres, a quick look at your calculator and some maths will show you how much it can cost to maintain a traditional hardwood Australian deck.
For instance, take a 35 sq metre deck that might need some sanding and is acid-washed and stained once a year over ten years.
35 sq metres x $60 a sq metre x 10 years = $21,000
That is a considerable amount of money to spend on maintenance. If you outlay a little more on the initial purchase, you save yourself all the ongoing maintenance costs over the ten years in the example above.
It’s true that the Trex decking range typically costs more than traditional hardwood timber decking – but as you can see, there’s more to the story than the upfront price.
Although Trex decking boards are made from recycled materials, processing these materials and ensuring high performance and strength adds to your upfront costs. But keep in mind that your deck will be your social hub and personal oasis for decades to come, and that’s where the savings kick in – no expensive maintenance for the life of your deck.
Are you looking for a quote on Trex decking? Reach out and speak to a member of the UrbanArch Building team on
0413 185 735 today.
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What is Trex decking made from?
Trex decking products may look like elegant, modern timber… but it’s a different story inside. Trex is made up of 95% recycled materials, including:
- Wood grain fillers
- Everyday household items (toilet paper, newspapers, shopping bags etc.)
Even better, the composition of Trex decking offers natural resistance to stains and scratches. So whether it’s a glass of red wine, natural weathering, or outdoor furniture, Trex decking is designed to look fabulous no matter what’s thrown at it.
When you value the state of your home as much as the state of the planet, it’s nice to know the Trex Corporation has never cut down a single tree. Trex Composite Decking offers a range of sustainable decking options for your home using unwanted timber from woodworking projects and recyclable materials.
Trex is the first company in the timber-alternative decking industry to receive an International Code Council Evaluation Service® (ICC-ES)* SAVE Verification for Recycled Content. This independent third-party verification confirms that, with a minimum of 95.4% recycled content, Trex recycled composite decking products are as green as possible.
Not only will you have a deck board that reproduces the stunning appearance of timber, but you’ll be playing your part to help the environment. By using alternative materials (while still delivering the timeless aesthetic of timber), Trex decking saves upwards of 180 million tons of plastic and wood from landfill.
If environmental stewardship is important, installing a trex composite deck lets you enjoy the great Australian outdoor life with family and friends and look after the only Earth we have. It’s a great win-win outcome.
How do I decide between timber decking and Trex decking?
Can’t decide between Trex or timber?
That’s not an unusual dilemma.
The advance of sustainable and stylish composite deck products means timber is no longer the default choice for homeowners who want to expand their outdoor space and elevate their living.
Many Sydney homeowners use composite decking, particularly Trex decking, to install and enjoy their decks without considering maintenance schedules or costs.
The boards are not only environmentally friendly but are termite-proof, rot-proof, maintenance-free, and resist fading for 25 years. Trex manufactures the Transcend Range in 7 colours to suit a wide variety of Sydney homes, from ultra-modern to traditional homes in many of our older suburbs.
Say Goodbye to Termites and Wood-Eating Insects
Termites can devastate homes, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages before you ever realize you’ve got a problem. And it’s estimated that 1 in 5 Sydney homes will suffer from termite damage at some stage…
But none of that is your concern.
Why Use Trex composite decking?
The innovative structure of Trex decking boards makes them termite-proof and protected against wood-eating insects. That means bugs can’t burrow into your new deck board and lay eggs, so the $100 million in damages caused by termites in Australia isn’t a bill you need to foot.
And with an early sign of termite damage often from splintering or damaged boards, your Trex composite deck is guaranteed to be termite-free and structurally sound for years.
Trex offers the most innovative and advanced composite deck product in the Australian market – and UrbanArch Building are leading installers of quality Trex materials.
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How old is Trex decking?
The Trex Corporation was the first Company to create composite decking, combining the durable, sustainable material of recycled plastic and hardwood with the beautiful look of timber in 1996.
Trex has been offering market-leading composite deck products since 1996, growing to become the world’s leader in decking timber-alternative products. There were many imitators of Trex decking, and then in 2010, Trex came up with their “game-changer”: the development of Trex Transcend decking. This was the first product that could be used to build a deck resistant to fading, scratching, and stains. The Company (and its clients) haven’t looked back since then.
Where are Trex decking materials made?
The Trex Corporation was formed in America in 1996 through the buyout of a division of Mobil Corporation.
With the largest market share of composite decking in North America, a growing international footprint, and over one billion in sales, the Trex corporation leads the industry globally. Today, the company offers the industry’s most comprehensive high-performance composite products. These products are available in more than 40 countries around the world.
All Trex composite decking products are made in the USA.
Does Trex decking need painting or staining?
Trex decking boards are constructed with a protective shell with rich colours engineered into the design. This means no painting or staining and up to 25 years of stunning colour.
Trex has created products that stand the test of time, as well as the difficulty of aesthetic style, with a range of beautifully crafted products.
Is a Trex deck worth it?
If you want to save money, time and hassle, a Trex deck costs more than a timber deck initially. But you’ll save money in the long run as no regular maintenance (sanding, acid washing and oiling) is required. There are virtually no maintenance costs once your Trex deck has been installed.
There’s just the occasional wash down with a hose and broom to contend with – and plenty of time to sit and relax on your deck and enjoy a glass of wine.
Is a Trex decking suitable for the Australian climate?
Yes. Trex composite decking is a highly durable material that can withstand severe weather conditions in Australia without rotting, staining, warping, or breaking down.
It doesn’t matter what our weather throws at it: heat, storms, winds and hail, Trex Transcend maintains its vibrant finish. Trex has now become the most trusted, reliable brand of outdoor composite decking—not just in the United States but worldwide.
It’s ideally suited to our Sydney conditions, whether you want to use it as a stand-alone deck at home, combine it with an awning or pergola for the ultimate in-home comfort, or on the top floor of an apartment building.
Trex decking materials are your go-to product.
Is Trex decking a good choice for around a pool in Sydney?
If you have just installed a new pool or are looking to refresh or update a tired pool surround, Trex decking materials are an excellent choice. Not only is a Trex deck suited to our harsh Australian climate, but it will also easily handle the wet conditions around your pool.
It won’t rot or warp and will give you many years of hassle-free service. Wash your deck with warm water and a broom every month or so, and it will look just as sparkling and fresh as the day it was installed.
For the best results, make sure that you pair Trex decking boards with a suitable substructure, such as H4 low deck timber, for your joists and bearers. This will give your deck a trouble-free lifespan of 25 years or more.
Do Trex composite deck materials get hot?
All composite and natural timber materials will absorb heat and get hot on scorching days, and Trex decking materials are no exception. Composite materials are generally a little hotter than timber – but you won’t be able to tell the difference on a hot day.
The darker the board’s colour, the more heat it will usually absorb. If your deck is in direct sunlight, you can choose a lighter colour, as darker-coloured boards will generally be hotter to the touch. Alternatively, if your deck has a pergola or awning over it, you can choose whatever colour you think best suits your area, as heating up won’t be an issue.
How is a Trex deck installed?
Trex uses especially designed patented clips – Hideaway Fasteners – that slide into the groove on the side of the deck board. The clip is screwed into the substructure, leaving a smooth, uncluttered look and feel to the top of the deck.
These fasteners helped revolutionize the installation of deck boards and saved many hours on the traditional timber deck board installation.
Trex has engineered its boards to be as simple to install as they are to care for. Smaller decks can be completed in three or four days, while larger, more complicated projects can take up to a month. You will be amazed at the transformation of your outdoor space.
Will Trex decking warp?
No. The Trex Transcend range was a game changer when it was first introduced to the Australian market in 2010. It was the first composite decking range that finally delivered what clients sought and offered unprecedented advantages over other composite deck boards. The boards didn’t suffer from common problems at the time, like splitting and fading, and they never warp when correctly installed. It has remained the industry’s leading composite decking product ever since.
That, along with a 25-year straightforward warranty, is why Trex is the worldwide market leader in composite decking products.
What are the disadvantages of Trex decking?
- Cost: Trex decking tends to be more expensive upfront than traditional wood decking. While it can be cost-effective over time due to low maintenance requirements, the initial investment can be a barrier for some homeowners.
- Heat Retention: Trex decking can become hot under direct sunlight, especially in warmer climates. This can make walking on bare feet uncomfortable and may require rugs or other coverings to mitigate the heat. If your deck does not have cover and is in direct sunlight, it’s a good idea to choose a lighter colour rather than a dark one. The new Trex range – Trex Lineage has been engineered to be significantly more relaxed than most other composites available on the Australian market.
- Expansion and Contraction: Trex Transcend decking can expand and contract with temperature fluctuations like many composite materials. This may lead to slight gapping of boards over time. Proper installation and spacing by a professional installer will mitigate this issue so that your deck looks perfect all the time.
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|Dirt and Debris||The affected area should be sprayed off with a hose to remove surface debris. Use warm soapy water and a soft bristle brush to remove dirt and debris from the embossing pattern.|
|Chalk Lines||High performance chalk lines may discolor the surface. Use only Irwin Strait-Line®* Dust-Off Marking Chalk (purple), available at Irwin.com|
|Tannins Due to Debris||Remove all debris using a hose or broom. Once the surface is dry, apply a Deck Brightener** as directed by the manufacturer. Deck Brighteners contain oxalic acid, which will also remove tannins.|
|Ice and Snow||A plastic shovel may be used to remove snow from the board. Use calcium chloride or rock salt to melt the snow and ice from the surface.|
|Oil, Grease and Food||All food spills should be removed as soon as possible. The surface must be cleaned within seven days to maintain the stain warranty. To remove, spray off with a hose and use warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush to remove spills from the embossing pattern.|
|Mold and Mildew||If debris such as pollen and dirt is allowed to remain on the surface, mold can feed on the biofilm. Using a hose and warm, soapy water with a soft bristle brush is recommended to remove the food source|
|Using a Pressure Washer (Concrete,|
Stucco or Ground-in Construction Dirt)
|A pressure washer with no greater than 3100 psi***** that has a fan attachment/adjustment and soap dispenser may be used to remove dirt, concrete dust, or other types of construction dirt. Spray the board with soap, then follow with gently scrubbing each board with a soft bristle brush. Spray/rinse each individual board using a fan tip no closer than 8″ from the surface. RINSE THOROUGHLY as if dirty water from cleaning is left to dry, this will cause a film to remain on the surface.|
|Maintaining Transcend and Select Railing||NEVER use acetone or other solvents on Trex Transcend or Select railing to maintain the beauty of the surface. For color transfer issues (from attachment of baluster spacer), use Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser® Original or Magic Eraser® Extra Power to help remove this.*** For small surface scratches, marks, or scuffs, use Dupli-Color Scratch Seal™ Clear Sealer Pen. ****|
*Strait-Line® is a registered trademark of Irwin Industrial Tool Company.
**Use of products containing bleach or acid will lighten the surface of Trex. Use in an inconspicuous area to determine whether you like the effect. Neither product will affect the structural integrity of Trex.
***Mr. Clean® and Magic Eraser™ are registered trademarks of The Procter and Gamble Company.
****Scratch Seal™ Clear Sealer Pen is a registered trademark of Dupli-Color® Products Company.
*****Use of a pressure washer greater than 3100 psi could damage the boards and void the warranty.
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