Trex Co. of Winchester, Va., has made a proprietary additive change to its material formulation for deck boards, which officials say will help its products resist mold and mildew.
The publicly held extruder also introduced several other products at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, including Accents, a line of wood composite deck and railing products with a wood-grain texture. Trex offers the product in deep tan, grey and reddish brown. Its traditional deck boards will be marketed as Origins, with a smoother surface.
On the railing side of its business, officials want to encourage more contractors to offer railings that match the decking by using a system marketed as Trex Express. The system includes a 3-foot jig of extruded PVC with spacers that allow a contractor to set up the rail system as he or she goes along. Officials said contractors have timed railing installations at five to six minutes per 6-foot section with the tool, which allows for bracket alignment, baluster spacing and post and baluster leveling. It is also a template that provides hole locators for different joist sizes. The brackets support the railings and keep them level while screws are affixed. Trex outsources the molding of that product.
The firm also introduced a top handrail and bottom rail designed for easy assembly, along with a railing support bracket. The railing support bracket is a patented nylon piece that attaches the handrail to the post.