Choosing Between the Fiberon and Trex
Composite decks have gotten very popular in recent years. They can be seen virtually everywhere, particularly in residential areas. But exactly how strong is composite decking?
Composite decking can last a very long time and is suitable for homes with exposure to weather that changes throughout the year. It's resistant to marks and stains, the kind that would easily show up in other styles of decks. On top of this, the costs for having one built are comparatively cheaper than other installations.
Two of the best composite deck brands are Fiberon and Trex. These companies have a good track record of producing decks that are strong and highly reviewed. Read further to find out which is better, the differences, and similarities between each.
Why Fiberon and Trex Decks?
Unlike ordinary decks built with rudimentary materials, composite decks have loads of advantages. One of the primaries is how recycled materials are used in their composition during manufacture. This includes aluminum, wood, and plastic. In some models like Fiberon and Trex composites, over 90% of the material can consist of recycled materials.
Another benefit that both brands share is their ability to repel insects from damaging the material. Again, composite wood has pulp and plastics in its consistency, substances that are less likely to get the attention of termite and other damage-causing outdoor bugs.
Maintenance of both is fairly easy. All that's needed to keep Trex and Fiberon decks tidy is a quick pressure wash with a hose, sweeper, or your favorite cleaning material. Be careful not to use cleaning substances that could damage the material, however.
How Fiberon and Trex Differ
One big advantage that Trex has over Fiberon is how easy it is to have their decks installed due to availability. Fiberon can be found too, but specific models made by the company are sometimes unavailable.
This isn't to say that all of their decks can't be had and installed, but that their rival is usually found more in abundance by companies that install them. The Fiberon ArmorGuard, for example, is sometimes unavailable due to its popularity. Many home improvement stores routinely sell out of Fiberon products. But in all fairness, this could also be the case for Trex's decks as well.
Another big difference is the warranty. Trex's warranty lasts for 25 years. With Fiberon, it depends on the deck that you install. For the ArmorGuard, it's 25 years. But for their Sanctuary and Good Life decks, you'll get 50 and 40 years respectively.
Take note that getting either deck professionally installed can offer you an extended warranty on both, so don't make their different warranties be the only deciding factor on the one you choose to buy. But on their own, Fiberon has longer warranty periods.
Conclusion - Choosing the Best Composite Deck
To summarize, you would be making it a good choice for a composite deck with either the Fiberon or Trex. They're strong and will last a lifetime under proper maintenance and care. Try out Trex if you want something that inexpensive and easy to care for, and a Fiberon for their resistance to wear. If you still can’t decide don’t hesitate to give Royal Deck a call for a free consultation and demonstration