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Durable decks made from recycled plastics and wood resist scratches, moisture, mold and mildew, and require minimal maintenance.

Clare Goldsberry

December 16, 2016

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Wood-plastic composite and capped PVC decking gain in popularity, thanks to media attention

As decking from recycled plastics and wood (WPC) and capped PVC technology becomes more popular for its ease of maintenance and durability, more home and garden magazines as well as TV shows are featuring these types of decking, further promoting their popularity.

The November issue of Sunset magazine featured the 2016 Bay Area Idea House, showcasing the latest trends in home construction. The five-bedroom, four-bath home in the Oakland hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay was open to the public from Aug. 19 through Sept. 25, and is now for sale for just under $2.8 million. The expansive home features a dark hickory deck from Azek’s Vintage Collection. It resists scratches, stains, insects, moisture, mold and mildew, and has a Class A flame spreading rating,” according to Azek (Skokie, IL).

Azek decks are “capped” products, made with a co-extruded PVC core capped with Armor Technology.

Every year, Sunset partners with a builder, interior designer, architect and landscape architect to create a show home that displays state-of-the-art designs and decorating ideas. “California lifestyle highly encourages interaction between the indoor and outdoor spaces,” commented Lauren Geremia, the founder of Geremia Designs, the creative minds behind this year’s house. “The durability and quality of Azek decking allows for the numerous decks facing the San Francisco Bay to be enjoyed for years to come.”

HGTV Dream Home features Trex products

St. Simons Island, GA, is an idyllic location for outdoor living, which is one reason HGTV chose that site for its 2017 Dream Home giveaway. To make outdoor living easier and reduce maintenance, Trex Transcend decking was chosen to complete the beautiful space, which also includes a Trex pergola and Trex outdoor furniture.

Not a single tree has ever been felled in the making of Trex products.

“With its cool grey tone, distinctive streaking and shade variations, Trex Transcend in Island Mist evokes the beloved look of the region’s native driftwood, but without the ongoing upkeep or environmental impact of real wood,” said Adam Zambanini, Vice President of Marketing for Trex Co. (Winchester, VA).

Unlike wood, high-performance Trex Transcend decking resists fading, staining, scratching and mold, and it won’t rot, warp, crack or splinter. Upkeep is hassle-free with no sanding, staining or painting required, notes Trex in its release. The entire high-performance Trex decking portfolio is manufactured from more than 95% recycled content, including reclaimed wood and sawdust, as well as plastic from many common household items. In fact, not a single tree has ever been felled in the making of Trex products.

The centerpiece of the HGTV Dream Home’s outdoor living area is a stunning, classic white Trex pergola structure, made of premium-quality cellular PVD with structural aluminum cores and stainless-steel hardware. Designed to meet the demands of any residential or commercial environment, Trex pergolas require minimal maintenance and will never rot, split or fade, said Trex.

Likewise, the home’s array of Trex outdoor furniture feature craftsmanship with an emphasis on low maintenance and comfort.

The fully furnished family residence featured in the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway is located in a different major U.S. travel or vacation destination each year. HGTV viewers have the opportunity to enter for their chance to win the home and prize package by entering daily on HGTV.com starting December 28, 2016, through February 17, 2017. The drawing will be held in March.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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