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Let's Talk Trex: Q&A With James Baldwin

TrexPro Platinum builders are the leading experts in Trex products. View our Q&A with James Baldwin to find out what's trending outdoors.

January 10, 2019

TrexPro Platinum builders are the leading experts in Trex products. Because of their ability and expertise to design and build outdoor spaces ranging from simple to complex, they have achieved the highest level of recognition from Trex. Currently, there are more than 350 TrexPro Platinum builders across the U.S. and Canada. We'll check in with them to find out what's trending in outdoor living in their neck of the woods. Today, meet James Baldwin of SelectDecks.

Your name, company name and location, and your title.

James Baldwin, SelectDecks of Morgantown, W.Va., and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Owner

How many years have you been in the decking business?

Dedicated outdoor/deck business for the last 7 years. Before that another 5 years of general remodeling.

How many years have you been using Trex decking products?

Approximately 7 years

Estimate the number of decks you've built in your lifetime.


Most used/most requested Trex color?

Spiced Rum

Why do your customers choose Trex?

Brand recognition. When homeowners call they say “I want a Trex deck” as opposed to a composite/PVC deck.

What do you tell customers who are torn between wood and composite?

If you don’t have the budget for a composite deck, wait until you do rather than going with a wood deck.

Most popular deck shape?

Multi-level with some sort of bump out.

Thinking about your particular geographic location and climate, what are customers generally looking for when it comes to an outdoor living area?

Overhead structures are becoming more popular. We have a lot of mountains, lakes, etc., so many times the whole project centers around those views.

When it comes to railing design, what’s your philosophy?

Cocktail rail always, not only looks good but has some utility that a profile rail just doesn’t have. Don’t get too crazy with the colors, but it is certainly a way to add some depth to an otherwise plain space.

What’s your favorite Trex product other than decking?

Lighting, in general, can totally transform a space. I love the Trex wedge lights and use them anywhere I can.

Finish the following: Kryptonite is to Superman as Trex is to...

Grocery bags.

Describe Trex decking in five words or less.

Head of the class.