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Garden Deck Design Tips with Melanie Lissick

Melanie Lissick, author of the UK design and DIY blog “Melanie Lissick Interiors,” recently remodeled her deteriorated and dysfunctional garden deck with Trex composite decking. After hiding her deck for years, she was ready for a change. Melanie opted for Trex Transcend® Decking in Lava Rock and Trex® Signature Railing in Bronze. Explore our gallery for design tips from Melanie that took her deck from splintered to stylish!
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Find a decking material that is easy to clean. When I cleaned our old timber deck, half the rotted wood and deck stain came off with the water. With Trex Transcend® composite decking, dirt lifts off easily.
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Find a decking material that is easy to clean. When I cleaned our old timber deck, half the rotted wood and deck stain came off with the water. With Trex Transcend® composite decking, dirt lifts off easily.
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Use splinter-free decking. One of the great things about Trex Transcend® deck boards is that they are smooth and do not splinter, so I have no concerns with my four-year-old playing on the deck.
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Opt for sustainable material and manageable upkeep. Trex is the perfect product for the time-poor homeowner who would prefer to invest in sustainable materials for their home.
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Install railings built to last. Trex Signature® Railing is a powder-coated aluminium railing system with near-zero maintenance. I chose Trex Signature® railing in bronze to keep the color of the deck and railings all the same.
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Add some greenery, which pops against the warm auburn color of the Lava Rock deck boards.
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Try using color-match plugs for any part of the deck that requires screw holes in the deck. These tiny nuggets have the same grain and color of the board being laid, so you do not notice that there were any drill holes made in the first place.
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To give an extra layer of protection to the wood framework, try using Trex® Protect™. The tape prevents water or moisture from entering the wood.
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Decorate to your taste. For this space, I wanted a large table and chairs for family meals, festoon lights for atmospheric lighting and big pots of scented English patio roses dotted around the edges.
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