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How to create a stunning centrepiece for your deck

Create a beautiful light-filled oasis with flush-mounted LEDs into Trex boards.

We all know that the character of gardens and outdoor space has changed dramatically in recent years, with gardens now seen as an extension of a property’s living space and a reflection of our lifestyles. We’re increasingly looking for more from our outdoor space: that’s why demand for outdoor hot… Read More

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Lounge area using Trex Transcend Gravel Path

Looking for inspiration on how to add personality to your deck? As we say goodbye to summer, many will be shutting the door on their decking for the season, covering over garden furniture and storing parasols until the sun returns. But if the change in the weather is getting you… Read More

Creating a tranquil oasis with Trex at BBC Gardeners World Live

Circular deck in Trex Transcend Island Mist by Halcyon Days Garden Designs

This summer our Trex decking was on display at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, hosted at The NEC, Birmingham. Our long-term collaborators Halcyon Days Garden Design created a tranquil garden oasis for the show – with our Trex Transcend Island Mist decking at the heart of the design. Here, Halcyon Days’… Read More

2017 Decking Trends

Trex Transcend in Tiki Torch with fish pond

Just like with interior design, trends come and go for outdoor spaces and for every style, there’s a decking shade that lends itself seamlessly. Whether you want a space to relax in, or one made for socialising with friends, it is imperative to find a design that will continue to… Read More

Is your deck safe for barbecue season?

Trex Contour in Pebble Grey

The summer is almost upon us and the tantalising smell of barbecued food is beginning to drift through the air across the UK. But before you invite the neighbours round for a cookout, it is vital to make sure your deck is ready to accommodate them. This is perhaps the… Read More

Five ways to spruce up your deck in time for summer

Summer BBQ on the deck

Summer is the time of year that decking really comes into its own, and if you’re like us you’ll want to ensure your deck is looking its absolute best when the warmer weather rolls around. Leaving your deck to gather dirt and debris during cold, wet months is an easy… Read More

How you can use decking to work wonders with water

Grooved decking with pond

The warmer months are a great time to add some water to your garden. Building a pond can bring a sense of calm and attract new wildlife, while a hot tub invariably makes your garden the place everyone wants to be. Stylistically and functionally, decking is an ideal material to… Read More

How a multi-level deck can enhance your home

Decking on a sloping site creates more space to enjoy your garden

Decking can transform outdoor living spaces and have a similar impact to an extension on a house, and this effect is being taken to the next level with the installation of multi-level decking areas. There is a growing trend in the United States for multi-level decking that incorporates living spaces… Read More

How to set your deck apart from the rest

Spotlight used around composite decking water feature

In an earlier post, we looked at how directional board designs and the use of staining can help to give your deck a unique look. In this post, we go a little further and explore three more adventurous ways to make a deck unlike any other, by using curves, lighting… Read More

Fresh approaches to distinguished deck design

Trex Transcend boards in different directions - Herringbone

Developments in decking technology and materials over the last decade have opened up a world of possibility for anyone designing a deck. Back in the 1990s, most garden decks in the UK looked fairly similar, tending to be square or rectangular, constructed from standard hardwood decking boards, with few features… Read More

Considerations when creating public decking

Outside recreation area for customers

The popularity of decking in public spaces and commercial buildings has soared in recent years, but business owners mustn’t be too gung ho when installing a deck. The introduction of the smoking ban in 2007 turned the focus on creating improved outdoor spaces for a lot of UK businesses, and… Read More

Five ways to use your deck in winter

Spotlights used in decking area

The peak season for buying decking is in the early spring, when everyone is getting ready for the long summer evenings spent outdoors. When winter rolls around many decks are left neglected, but this really needn’t be the case. Your deck can be every bit as useful and enjoyable in… Read More

Decking maintenance tips

Cleaning a timber deck with a power washer

Decking maintenance is best done before the bad weather rolls in and, with autumn already upon us, it’s time to start getting the garden ready for winter. Whether your deck is brand new or a few years old, made of softwood, hardwood, or composite materials, you can help to extend… Read More

Don’t forget the substructure

Installing timber substructure

Whether you are planning to install a composite or timber deck, the products you select for the construction of your deck’s substructure are vital. If you are building your deck substructure yourself, you have probably already considered to the various materials available for a solid, lasting deck foundation. But even… Read More

Ten ways to make the most of your decking

Mat on Trex Transcend Island Mist

With the summer sun now daring to shine, you may well be inspired to spend some time out in the garden for the first time this year. Decking creates a great focal point for enjoying your garden; it provides a firm surface which is ideal for garden seating areas, BBQs… Read More

Timber and composite decking: what’s the difference?

timber vs composite

  There has been plenty of hype about composite decking this year, with everyone from timber merchants, design magazines and radio presenters waxing lyrical about the growing trend to hit the UK decking market. Despite that, timber decking remains the dominant force, occupying around 95 per cent of the UK… Read More

Introducing Trex Transcend Island Mist

Trex Transcend Island Mist close-up

The first application in the UK of Trex Transcend’s Island Mist finish, was installed by Whalley Construction this year. The new installation includes a contemporary glass and steel balustrade to allow uninterrupted views across the garden. Manufactured from 95% recycled materials, Trex Transcend is the most weather-resistant, low-maintenance composite decking… Read More

What is composite decking?

Trex transcend Island mist detail

Composite decking has increased in popularity in recent years, but just how does it compare to traditional timber decking? Introduced as a viable alternative to timber, composite decking can help to reduce or even eliminate the typical maintenance issues associated with traditional wooden decking. Manufactured from a mixture of recycled… Read More

The benefits of enhanced grip boards

Deck area using Two Strip Grooved Deck Boards

Enhanced grip boards, which are manufactured with a strip or strips of non-slip resin material on the surface, are used to provide protection for end users in high risk areas. So-called ‘slip-sensitive areas’ such as ramps and steps – as well as public access walkways – present a greater risk… Read More

Treating your deck for extra longevity

End grain preservative being applied to cut timber

Softwood deck boards which have been pre-treated to offer greater protection from the elements are an ideal choice, but how does this affect boards which have been cut to size or damaged in some way? Traditional timber decking is prone to damage from moisture, the sun’s UV rays and insect… Read More

How to clean garden decking

Timber decking creates a space to relax

Cleaning your garden deck can seem like a daunting proposition but it needn’t be that way. With only a few tools and a bit of knowhow you can have your old deck looking nearly new in next to no time. Over the years spillages and general use can combine to… Read More

How to install Composite Decking

Trex installer

Installing your composite decking might seem like something you’d want to leave to the professionals but we’ve put together a video that explains it might not be as tricky as you think! Trex Transcend is a type of composite decking manufactured from recycled wood and plastic. It’s the most weather… Read More

Trex Transcend explained

Balcony area in Gravel Path

Trex Transcend is an environmentally friendly composite decking system that could be the answer to all of your decking needs. But what does that mean? What is composite decking? Already used extensively throughout Europe and the USA, 95% of Trex Transcend composite decking is manufactured from recycled materials including plastic… Read More

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