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Is Trex decking more expensive than traditional wood decking?

Composite decking | Kents Direct

There are a few brands of composite decking on the market including Trex & CWC composite decking. However, this blog is all about looking at whether Trex composite decking is more expensive than traditional wood decking. But first, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Trex decking.

Why choose wood alternative decking like Trex

Here are 5 great reasons:

  1. Trex decking can be installed just like Ikea furniture. Simply follow the instructions and you shouldn’t need any professional help!
  2. We supply 2 great Trex ranges, Contour & Transcend, both of which are made from 95% recycled materials! Choose to be more eco-conscious!
  3. Trex have developed their composite decking to be extremely tough, almost eliminating issues like fading, staining, scratches & moulding.
  4. It’s virtually maintenance free! Forget sanding and varnishing, just power wash now and again to keep your decking looking it’s best.
  5. Trek offer luxury colours to really make your garden look expensive!

Composite decking prices vs wood decking prices

Composite decking is typically a little more expensive than other materials like wood, but not by as much as consumers would imagine. An average cost by Price Your Job found:

average cost to install timber decking is typically around £1000-£1500. This price assumes installing approximately 20 square metres of budget-medium quality timber”. Therefore, the cost per square metre tends to be around £50 – £75.

Trex estimates “material costs for a composite deck run from £82 – £113 per square meter, that’s including substructure, decking and fasteners.” With these costs, however, it’s important to consider the on-going maintenance of wood decking, which requires sanding and repainting. These things are both costly and, not to mention, time consuming. Trex decking, however, requires neither sanding or repainting and is virtually maintenance free.

Overall, the outlay cost is but the on-going cost is considerably lower with composite decking like Trex.

Trex decking installation vs wood decking installation

The speed and ease of which the decking can be installed is another important consideration in relation to cost. After all, time is money, so if you can save yourself time, you can save money.

The grooved boards of Trex decking (like laminate flooring) make for not only an easy installation but also a smooth finish thanks to the lack of screw holes and exposed nails. The installation really only requires a few hand tools for cutting the lengths and fixing certain elements together.

Softwood decks can be installed in much the same way as composite decking; cutting the boards to size and fixing the boards together. An issue with hardwood decks, however, is that they will require pre-drilling holes, which increases installation time. A hardwood deck also costs around £190-£220 per square metre so it’s significantly more expensive than the composite equivalent.  

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If you have an upcoming garden project and you’d like some composite decking for the job, give Kents Building Plastics a call on 0800 316 1217 or contact us online.