New products available for making deck updates
Composite decking has improved greatly over the past two decades.

Tackling your home improvement list this summer likely includes doing some work on your outdoor spaces.

If replacing or updating a deck is your focus, it is wise to look into new products which help ensure your efforts will be enjoyed for many seasons to come.

Eighty-three percent of Americans say low-maintenance qualities are important when considering outdoor home improvement projects, according to a Trex Company survey. Durable, hassle-free composite decks are more popular than ever among time-challenged homeowners because of their low-maintenance qualities. You might not know, however, that composite materials have evolved significantly since their introduction almost two decades ago.

“The newest generation of composite decking offers a superior combination of beauty and performance due to significant advances made in fade and stain resistance,” said Adam Zambanini, vice president of marketing for Trex, the inventor and leading brand of the composite decking category. “Today’s composites look ‘like new’ for much longer —making them the perfect upgrade for both wood deck owners and homeowners who love their existing composite decks.”

Following are four key attributes to look for when purchasing composite decking:

¦ Superior durability—Spilled food, dropped grill tools and wet planter pots are no match for newer composites such as the high-performance Trex Transcend collection. Transcend offers an unprecedented combination of fade, stain and mold resistance thanks to its exclusive protective shell and high-traffic formulation. Regardless of harsh weather conditions or daily wear and tear, Transcend also will not rot, warp or scratch.

¦ Realistic colors and textures—With high-definition wood grain patterns and

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