DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TREX COMPOSITE DECKING LINES

Trex is one of the most popular deck brands in the world, offering a broad range of products to transform your home’s outdoor living space into a dream deck. From durable, gorgeous composite deck boards to safe, stylish composite and metal railing lines to LED deck lights, Trex has an enhancement for every aspect of your deck.

But with so many options, it can be hard to get started. If you’re renovating an existing deck or building a new one, how do you pare down a huge selection? With so many choices, how do you make sure you’re taking advantage by finding the perfect fit for your project?

That’s where we come in. DecksDirect’s mission is to help you build a better deck by helping you understand all of your options. Here’s a straightforward breakdown of the differences between the different lines of Trex decking so that you can build the confidence to get your project started, and figure out exactly which Trex board is right for your beautiful deck.

If you need more help, please give us a call! You’ll reach a real person (not a robot or a phone tree) who can guide you through the pros and cons of each Trex decking line and make the best recommendations for your project.

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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TREX?

The Trex decking brand is divided up into four separate composite deck board lines: Trex Enhance Basics, Trex Enhance Naturals, Trex Select, and Trex Transcend.

DecksDirect carries the top three of Trex's four decking lines to provide the best flooring options to homeowners and deck builders. Trex ranks these boards as “better,” “better” and “best” in terms of value within the company’s decking lines.

The Trex Enhance Naturals and Trex Select lines are considered better value levels. Trex Transcend is billed as the best Trex deck line available.

All three Trex lines are composite boards made from 95% recycled materials. Composite decking is strong, durable and low-maintenance, solving many of the problems of traditional wood.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TREX DECKING LINES

Trex Enhance Naturals - Better

  • Lowest cost
  • Lightweight scalloped boards
  • Textured streaking
  • 4 color options

Shop the Trex Enhance decking line is offered in Basic and Natural tones to complete your outdoor space

Trex Enhance Naturals are the lowest-cost of the three Trex decking lines we carry. The most unique feature of Trex Enhance boards are their scalloped bottoms. The undersides of Enhance boards are lined with grooves that help make Trex Enhance lighter and easier to transport before and during your deck build.

Trex Enhance decking features a beautiful, authentic wood-grain appearance, including the same textured wood-grain streaking you’ll find on Trex Transcend boards. Enhance boards check in at one inch thick, the same as Transcend and slightly thicker than Select.

All Trex decking boards are made with a protective shell to guard your structure against the elements. That’s why composite decks require far less maintenance and last much longer than their wood counterparts.

The result is a durable, long-lasting board that looks and even feels like real wood. The rich, organic appearance of the boards is backed by a 25-year fade and stain warranty. Trex’s Enhance Naturals line comes in four color options:

Trex Enhance Naturals Shades:

  1. Coastal Bluff
  2. Foggy Wharf
  3. Rocky Harbor
  4. Toasted Sand

Trex Select - Better

  • Lower cost
  • 7/8-inch thickness for lighter boards
  • Textured wood-grain look
  • 5 color options

The Trex Select composite decking line feature natural tones and rich wood-grain embossing at a low price

Trex Select finds a different way to accomplish the same lighter-weight decking as Trex Enhance. Instead of scalloped bottoms, Trex Select boards shave a tiny bit of the thickness off, checking in at 7/8 of an inch instead of a full inch like Enhance or Transcend.

A lighter board means easier transport. That can save you sweat if you’re installing yourself, or paid man-hours if you’re hiring a contractor to build for you.

The surface of Trex’s Select line has a different look than Enhance or Transcend. Instead of the wood-streaking look, Select features a textured wood-grain look on the surface of the board, without the deeper grooves of Enhance or Transcend. The overall look will resemble tree rings (as seen in the photo above) more so than a straight, linear wood grain.

Trex Select is also considered slightly more scratch-resistant than Enhance, and the line comes in one more color. Trex Select’s five color options have a bit more range to them, from the warm, reddish Madeira to the rich, cool Winchester Gray.

Like all Trex deck lines, Select comes with a high-performance shell that prevents water damage, stains, insects and mold. Trex’s 25-year warranty for fading and staining means you’ll get to pick a look you love and rest easy that it will continue to look good for decades to come.

Trex Select Shades:

  1. Madeira
  2. Pebble Grey
  3. Saddle
  4. Winchester Grey
  5. Woodland Brown

Trex Transcend - Best

  • Best-quality decking line
  • Most (8) color options
  • Textured-streaking
  • Highest scratch-resistance
  • Widest range of looks, including exotic, tropical wood looks

Trex Transcend deck boards are the most popular composite decking line with a rich array of colors available

Trex Transcend decking is the best-quality option for both style and function - a true showstopper visually with the highest durability.

Transcend decking comes in eight different eye-catching colors. Transcend’s huge color range allows you to reap the low-maintenance, long-lasting benefits of composite decking while matching the looks of even exotic or tropical wood decking.

Trex’s Transcend line features three classic earth tones and five premium tropical colors, including lava rock, island mist and tiki torch.

Trex Transcend combines those stunning colors with textured wood streaking for an appealing, natural look. One-inch thick boards are tough and durable, with the three-sided capstock shell that protects all Trex boards from water damage, staining, insects and mold. Trex supports Transcend with its 25-year fade and stain warranty so the brilliant look you choose is the brilliant look you get for years to come.

Trex Transcend Shades:

  1. Havana Gold
  2. Island Mist
  3. Lava Rock
  4. Spiced Rum
  5. Tiki Torch
  6. Gravel Path
  7. Rope Swing
  8. Vintage Lantern

Learn more about the basics of deck framing and building in our Deck Framing Guide and learn deck parts and terminology in the DecksDirect Glossary of Deck Terms and Lingo.

Browse more deck design and railing style notes to upgrade your backyard space and deck in the DecksDirect Railing Style Guide: the quickest way to learn if your home is more suited for a classic aluminum deck railing or a strong, composite railing line.

The more you know, the better your deck and backyard projects will be! Whether you're looking at a brand new start or a fresh end-of-season deck renovation, give our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com. Our deck experts will help you get the information, products, and tools you need for an awesome deck completely personalized to your needs!