Charlee, the creator behind the Build & Create Home Instagram and TikTok DIY channel recently partnered with her close friend who runs the social account, She’s the Carpenter to build a Trex deck at Ashley's Texas home. We recently had a chance to talk to her about her experience working with Trex.
"I had seen and heard of Trex before our project, but this was my first time building with it! My friends, family, and followers who have used Trex products spoke very highly of them, saying their decks had lasted for years. I was a little hesitant that it would be difficult to work with compared to lumber, but it was actually a great product to work with."
"I spent quite a bit of time on the Trex website going through videos of the building process, especially the Plan your Deck page. It was full of helpful videos on using the Trex Hidden Fastener Tool and other resources for installing and planning out a decking project."
"Using a kit made it nice to have all the materials already figured out for the entire decking project. We didn’t have to worry that we didn’t buy enough hidden fasteners, etc. For cons, the kit made it a little harder to customize things. For example, the kit is designed to go up against a house, and since our deck was free-standing, we didn’t quite have enough of the 8’ finished-edge (fascia) pieces.”
"The Trex Hidden Fastener System was very easy to use! I am pretty meticulous, so I loved that the gaps between boards were nice and even using the spacers/hidden fasteners.”
"I was worried that the railing was going to be difficult to install, but it was actually a really straightforward process! The instructions were easy to follow, and it went up much more quickly than we had anticipated."
"When I found out Trex decking is made from 95% recycled materials, that really blew me away. I think that is a HUGE benefit. With deforestation becoming a huge global issue, that one benefit is enough for me to build my own future decks with Trex products.
And, of course, not needing to re-stain or paint like you would with a traditional lumber deck. Power washing, sanding, repairing, and re-painting old decks is a very time-consuming and laborious process. Omitting ongoing decking upkeep from the yearly “spring projects” list is a huge benefit."
"There are a lot of different ways to successfully build a substructure. Try to research at least a couple to decide what the best fit is for your location and needs. And make sure you choose a color that you know you will love for years to come because this deck is going to last a looooong time."