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Trex Cladding Design Ideas

Discover how you can incorporate one of the best outdoor living trends, composite cladding, into your outdoor space with Trex.

September 21, 2023

More and more homeowners and commercial building owners are discovering the wisdom of adding cladding to the exterior of their structures. Cladding is a technique that uses one material over another to provide a protective layer to the outside walls. The application is increasing in popularity as an option to easily add style, resilience and color.

Square-edge boards from Trex’s best selling decking line, Transcend®, can be used in a cladding application, adding weather-proofing along with serious curb appeal to residential and commercial exteriors. Boards can cover the entire outer wall of a building, create smaller feature walls, or be used to protect specific areas.

Covering commercial buildings with Trex® Cladding and other composite deck boards has been popular for some time. You may recognize the application on retail stores such as Target, Wegmans, and Starbucks. In the last few years, though, innovative homeowners, architects, and designers have begun using cladding in residential settings, too.

With an array of colors available, using Trex Transcend boards to create cladding for your home is a great choice both practically and aesthetically. Plus, Transcend decking is backed by a 50-year limited residential warranty. 

4 Stylish Ways to Use Trex Cladding

Want to get in on the action? Trex Cladding is a contemporary, durable, and affordable way to revamp the look of your home. There’s a wide variety of colors to choose from and many ways to maximize the look of your property while protecting it from the weather. Let’s take a look at five of the best.

1. Mixing Color

Trex Cladding comes in a variety of stunning shades. You can mix and match them to fit any aesthetic, or create exciting effects by combining decking boards in a dark, rich color like Spiced Rum with stark white walls. You could also combine cladding in multiple colors for a natural wood look as well. Cladding adds an extra opportunity to show some personality, have fun, and protect your building from the elements without sacrificing style

2. Mixing Materials

Cladding can draw the eye to other materials or create a statement feature. Mixing cladding with other materials is popular in newer condo buildings and homes as it adds texture, draws the eye to specific focal points, and adds architectural flair. Selecting cladding that complements or plays off the existing colors on a residential building is easy.

Exterior photography of 2023 HGTV Dream Home in Morrison, Colorado. Photography of Belgard Hardscape products and Trex composite decking and railing.

3. Create a Focal Wall

A focal wall is a great way to create architectural interest outside. You can create a monochromatic look like this cladding wall from the HGTV® Dream Home 2023, or you can select a contrasting color to create a bold look for your outdoor space.

4. Change Directions

Trex Cladding can be installed vertically, horizontally, or both, like this stunning outdoor space from Gabi’s Decks. Not only does composite boards add visual interest to your outdoor space, it can make it feel bigger. A vertical installation can draw the eye up and make your outdoor space seem taller, while horizontal applications draw the eye across the space, making it appear larger. 

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