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I am so excited to FINALLY be sharing “Our New Trex Composite Deck”!  When we visited our future home for the first time almost 10 years ago (and our baby girl peed her pants on the lawn and we knew that was a good sign), I fell instantly in love with the huge high traditional style wood deck over looking the water.  I envisioned myself sipping my tea every morning as the swans swam by (and yes there really are swans).  Somehow, in between Earl & Grey, I missed all of the rotted wood 😯 .  I figured, oh…no biggie.  We can fix that, easily.  You see, our house is basically nestled into a forest.  That means the trees are constantly shedding, and “shading” the deck.  The kind woman who lived here alone before us wasn’t able to keep up with the deck maintenance that is required with this type of environment, and the 4 seasons.  Winters are extreme here, and Summers are HOT.  All of this Mother Nature activity really takes it toll.

Over the years we have thinned the trees and that has helped the deck tremendously.  Last Fall, we really took the thinning to the next level and if you are interested you can read all about that here: “Our Tree Thinning“.

Here’s what the deck looked like after many long hours of tree thinning, painting, wood replacement, and everything else we could do to save the deck.  Look closely because I am sure you will see the issues we just couldn’t hide.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

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Here it is below on a really bad day…

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

No matter what we did, the wood just kept rotting.  Every year, my poor husband, Rick, was out there replacing more and more wood only to see more rot the next year.  It was getting to be ridiculous how much time he was spending out there.  Like 3 Summers.  Now although he was cute to watch out there, this just had to stop,.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

I believe my husband was stung twice by wasps on the day the photo below was taken (notice the spray on the table).  Wasps would make nests inside the wood 😯 .  Another issue we were having were carpenter ants.  They loved our deck and were not helping matters.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

Enough was enough.  We did some research on composite decking, and decided on Trex Composite Decking.  If you are unfamiliar with “composite decking” then I do recommend researching it, and reading all the reviews you can find (after you read mine 😆 ).  What I have found is that it reminds me of real wood.  It’s heavy like real wood.  Actually, it may even be more dense.  Which makes sense because the idea here is to be stronger than wood.  It is very heavy.

So, we decided to use the base of our deck and only have the top pieces/railings replaced.  Luckily, that is all that was needed, but still very much a huge job.  Definitely nothing that we could take on ourselves.  We hired a contractor, and he hired workers to come and do the work.  As you can see from the photo below, they began when there was still snow on the ground in March.  It was brutally cold this first day.  I honestly have no idea how they could stand it out there.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

Things progressed slowly.  Now, when I say slowly, I mean like a turtle walking up and down our deck 1000 times slow.  A word from the redhead…set start/finish dates and start/finish times with the workers before you agree to hire them.  We didn’t do that, and this took way over the time we expected.  To be exact, 3 months.  They basically showed up when they wanted, and usually only 1 guy for a few hours.  It was very frustrating.

Also, set rules while the workers are on your property (ie. no smoking, no loud music, no parking on grass, etc.).

We had a good referral, and these things still happened, so be stern and upfront in the beginning on what you expect and need.  We had a graduation party coming up, so that was our goal and we barely made the date.  We finished just days before.

Here’s a few more photos from while the deck transformation was taking place.  They are quite shocking!

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

We finally saw the light at the end of the very long old deck.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

I hope you enjoy the after photos.  My favorite part are the lights that come on automatically at dusk.  If you decide to go with Trex, I completely recommend doing lights in the posts and the stairs.  Our workers forgot to put the stair lights in, so they had to come back.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

We are happy to tell you that Trex Decking has really impressed us so far.  The material is extremely high quality and the deck feels like a brand new construction.  I should mention that when you go with composite decking you get to choose your colors.  We chose “Vintage Lantern” for the brown, and then black & white.  This might seem odd, but now it feels like we are closer to the water.  The black spindles allow the eye to look through to the water easier.  The white ones before almost blocked our view and I didn’t even realize it.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

What’s really nice about composite decking is that the only maintenance required is hosing off.  I feel so much cleaner when walking on it, and no splinters.  I’ve also noticed that my furniture slides nicely across without scratching the surface.

This next picture really shows the “wood grain”.  That looks like real wood, doesn’t it?

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

Anyone want to slide down the railing with me?  You take the high one, I’ll take the low, ha ha.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

So, if someone asked me if I think we did the right thing by replacing our deck with a Trex Composite Deck, my answer would be…

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

Heck, yes!  I have my husband back, so it was worth every single penny.  If interested research Trex Decking Contractors in your area.

Stay tuned for all of the graduation party decorations coming up after a special DIY craft project next week.  Here’s a preview of the grad party decs!

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

This Michigan couple made the switch from a wood deck to a composite deck and they give all the details in the article "Our New Trex Composite Deck" including some great tips on things they wish they knew.

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40 Responses

  1. Dad says:

    It is really great, they did a nice job, and ps Rick deserves not to have to worry about every summer, love, Dad in NY

  2. Pam Beck says:

    Wow…what a difference, the deck is beautiful! This is something we need to consider doing to our deck! Your home is just amazing! I know you guys have put and lot of hard work into making amazing! As always, can’t wait till the next post!!

  3. Amy says:

    What an amazing transformation. Your deck (and home) are gorgeous. We considered the Trex for our new stairs and landing but because they are so small decided against it. Enjoy your tea and that extra time with your husband.

  4. Ellen says:

    Beautiful. You guys accomplish so much. I look forward to seeing the party set up.

  5. C.J. says:

    OMGee!!! So fabulous! WOW! I don’t own a home (gotta condo), never wanted a house, never will want a house–for a multitude of reasons. However, your home and now this gorgeous deck that looks like a Hollywood set for a movie about rich ppl living in the lap of luxury, make me feel a tad bit of ‘house envy’!!!!!! Only a tad, though….. GREAT outcome–absolutely LOVE it! Enjoy!

  6. Suzanne Ragel says:

    Looks fantastic! Years ago we used composite to frame out the sandbox/swing set area for our littles and it lasted forever!

    • Julie says:

      That was incredibly smart. Never thought about using composite for other areas. I wonder if it would work on mail boxes.

  7. Melanie says:

    It looks beautiful! We just rebuilt our deck 2 summers ago and it is already starting to rot in a few places. We should have went with Trex!

  8. erika says:

    Wow, that looks awesome! What a difference. I’m sure it was a pretty penny, but money so well spent, for piece of mind and the years of enjoyment that you will get out of it. Well done!

  9. Terri from Buffalo says:

    Julie and Rick, it looks beautiful, I would of never thought to pick those color together, it really looks nice. Whis idea was it to do the brown, black and white? T.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Terri! I saw it in one of the brochures and thought it looked sharp and would match our house better.

  10. Dianne says:

    The deck is gorgeous (and what a view}!!!!

  11. Susan says:

    What a transformation! It is beautiful! Enjoy your deck as long as possible before the cold returns! Bet your husband is happy that it is all finished!

  12. Edward P says:

    It really makes a difference. Looks great, love the stair lights. My neighbor has a Trex dock, the only issue is it gets really hot! You can’t walk on it barefoot. We live in Florida so I guess that’s to be expected.

    • Julie says:

      I have heard that, too! I have a canopy up now so we are good, but on the other side I will have to test it.

  13. Roxann says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  14. carol says:

    Oh My Gosh the new deck is absolutely awesome. What a beautiful sight! You and your family are going to enjoy this baby for many many mornings, afternoons and evenings! I would have to sleep out there!!! Then of course breakfast …….lunch and dinner!! Just beautiful; glad you had this done; you deserve it!!!.

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Carol! I told the kids yesterday they could sleep out there, lol. Looking forward to sharing how I decorated it. Have a nice Sunday!!

  15. Sheryl says:

    Beautiful. And yes, I agree with you – contractors can be a pain in the butt! Their schedule, when they show up, etc. We sold our big (totally finished) family home last year and downsized to a detached condo – playing contractor nightmares all over again! They promise you the moon to lock you in, then take a deposit so you’re STUCK and keep pushing out the work date. ????????????

  16. Allison says:

    Congrats on your new deck and kudos to your husband and his crew. They did a fantastic job! We built a Trex deck two years ago at our house and are soooooooooooooooooooo pleased with it! We still have a wood porch that we have to scrape, sand and stain every other summer. It’s such a pain, especially in comparison with how easy it is to maintain our Trex deck. Thank you for sharing your story and all of the great photos. I hope you and your husband are now able to enjoy the fruits of your labors. Your view looks amazing!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Allison! We paid someone to do the deck, but I know those first photos show my husband working on the old one. Thank goodness he didn’t have to do this one. Thank you so much for your kind words!

  17. BETTE says:

    Hi Julie:
    It’s my birthday today, what a nice email to read and photos to view.
    Maybe you should send the photos to Better Home & Gardens. I’ve never seen such a contrast and your colour choices are great. So streamlined. The stair lights are really nice too.
    Have a great summer & I’m sure your family will enjoy your deck.

    Cheers, Bette

  18. Terri from Buffalo says:

    Side note, my son Jacob is in Michigan, got there today for Electric Forest Festival. You guys live close to that? It’s in Rothbury?

  19. Joe says:

    How deep were the footings for the posts supporting
    the deck? Were the posts wood or concrete? How
    did you protect the posts against rot? I love Trex decks!
    Great job and pictures!
    Joe

    • Julie says:

      The posts are the original posts from the original deck. We only had to paint them a fresh coat of white.

  20. Robert E Urtel says:

    This is one of the largest projects for sure, it turned out just great, love to all, Dad in NY.

  21. Robert E Urtel says:

    Just a great look and easy to care for. love, Dad in NY.

  22. Ivory says:

    Oh Julie, your deck is absolutely stunning. My husband and I will be doing the same to our, (so in need of replacing) deck. We plan to use this type of decking. Like you and Rick, we are tired of replacing rotting/dried out boards. I love everything about your deck. The colors, and especially the lights in the steps and in the poles. Congrats to your daughter graduation.

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