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What You Need to Know to Choose The Best Decking Material For You


Thinking of spring? So are we! At Keim, we’re here to help you create the perfect outdoor space for you and your family. So after the garden is tilled and the flowers are planted, you can sit back and enjoy it all, on your new deck. 

At Keim, we stock quality treated decking as well as Trex decking. While both types of decking have benefits and drawbacks, we stand by Trex’s quality and warrantee. But what’s the difference between the two? Here’s a straightforward guide that compares traditional, treated decking with composite decking. 

Traditional, treated decking

  • Pros: It’s low cost, environmentally sustainable, and lasts about 20 years if it’s well-maintained. 
  • Cons: Real wood splits and splinters easily. It’s also high maintenance, which means it needs resealed every 1-2 years.  

Trex composite decking

  • Pros: It’s low maintenance, made from 95% recycled materials, more than 20 color options, plus a 25-year fade and stain resistant warrantee.
  • Cons: It may get a little hotter than traditional, treated decking. So just make sure you have your sandals on.

PRO TIP: Whichever material you choose, be sure to stop by our store for a quote and a free 3-D image of your deck design! You can find us in the building materials department, just look for the big deck.

We carry three different types of Trex decking at Keim: TrexEnhance, TrexSelect and TrexTranscend. (The most basic Trex decking is only slightly more expensive than treated decking!) Come stop by our store in Charm to see and feel the quality they offer!