If you are planning to replace your old wood decking with composite decking, there are two options that you are probably considering right now: TimberTech vs Trex. Both are popular brands that produce composite decking products. However, choosing the right decking product can be tricky and confusing, especially because we can’t be too careful to avoid the mistake of installing an expensive yet not durable product. Below, we will see the comparisons between TimberTech and Trex based on several aspects. Continue reading!
Comparing the Materials
TimberTech provides three different tiers with different prices and quality levels, which are Terrain, Tropical, and Legacy. TimberTech uses recycled wood materials to create their composite decking products, so TimberTech is quite a ‘green’ choice. Each deck board consists of a core and a shell cover. TimberTech’s composite core is surrounded by a polymer shell on all of its four sides, giving the best protection from the environment. If you prefer PVC, see TimberTech vs Azek.
On the other hand, Trex also provides three different tiers, which are Select, Enhance, and Transcend. Trex boasts that 95% of their composite core is composed of recycled plastic and sawdust. So, this is also a ‘green’ choice that you can consider if you are an environmentally aware homeowner. However, Trex’s composite core is only covered by the protective shell on the top and side surfaces. The bottom is left unsealed. Such design is said to allow the material to breathe and to prevent surface separation. But it leaves the bottom unprotected from moisture and insects.
Maintenance and Durability
In general, TimberTech vs Trex provide similar benefits in terms of maintenance. Both brands claim that their products will not rot, warp, crack, or split over time. They also say that their products are resistant to mold and mildew. They are also quite resistant to staining and scratching. Like many other composite decks, they don’t resist fade very well. However, their protective shells ensure that they will keep their stylish looks for long. Both are easily cleaned by soap and water.
However, in terms of durability, TimberTech is generally better. Many homeowners are happy with their TimberTech decks. TimberTech can last for a long time easily. On the other hand, Trex has received more mixed reviews, with many people complaining about problems of rotting, mildew, blackmold. This is most probably caused by the unsealed bottom surface, which lets the wood fibers to get exposed to moisture and damage.
Both TimberTech and Trex provide a 25-year limited warranty for each of their products to cover manufacturing or material defects. However, TimberTech provides a longer fade and stain warranty, which is a 30-year warranty. Trex only provides a 25-year warranty for fade and stain issues.
Between these two brands, we recommend you to choose TimberTech. Even though the price can be a little bit higher, it is worth the money. It is properly protected on all sides, making it more durable and the lifespan longer. On the other hand, Trex is not recommended because the bottom side of the deck board in unsealed, allowing exposure to moisture and insects.