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Composite Decking vs Wood: The Advantages of Trex Decking in Maryland

With warmer weather in full swing, many of us start shifting our attention to the outdoor spaces of our homes, and what improvements can be made. Throughout the Baltimore and DC areas, decks are becoming a more common feature to help create an inviting home environment and way to make the most of the great weather. If you’ve looked into having a deck built for your home, you may have encountered the question of what material is best for your project? Let’s take a look at why composite decking like Trex is becoming the new industry standard, and why Trex Decking in Maryland is a great option for your new deck project. 


Trex dinner deck Northern Virginia

Many homeowners are choosing Trex Decking in Maryland for a simple reason: the level of upkeep compared to traditional wood decks is much less intensive and time-consuming. Traditional wood decks require lots of care both seasonally and overtime to keep them beautiful and functioning properly. Wood decks need coatings to protect them from harsher weather conditions such as snow, heat, and frequent rain. This means you can expect to continue to pay for maintenance over the course of your wood deck’s life. Additionally, wood decks often require other processes, including sanding and painting to keep them comfortable and attractive over time. On the other hand, Trex’s composite decking requires a little soap and water to keep its original color and texture intact. Simple, right?


If you’re putting the money into building a new deck for your home, you want your investment to last. In the case of wood decks, there are some concerns you should be aware of. Wood is a naturally porous material, meaning the longer it is exposed to the elements, especially without the proper coatings, the more it will begin to deteriorate. The wood can crack, chip, splinter, and rot as time goes on. Trex, on the other hand, offers fantastic durability to consumers. No need to worry about splintering, rotting, or cracking, thanks to tough composite materials used. Additionally, traditional wood decks can fall victim to insect damage from termites. Trex decking is termite-proof, so your deck stays safe and beautiful. It’s easy to see why so many homeowners are choosing Trex decking in Maryland. 

Environmentally Conscious

As homeowners and consumers, each day it’s important for us to consider how we can spend more consciously and prioritize products that are better for the environment. Trex composite decking is a great alternative to wood decking for this purpose especially. Traditional wood decking contributes to deforestation. On the other hand, Trex boards are created from 95% recycled materials. Because of this, Trex saves over 400 million pounds of plastic and wood from landfills each year. When it comes to composite decking, it’s difficult to find a product that offers the style and substance of Trex while prioritizing environmental consciousness. 

Trex decking in Maryland is quickly becoming the preferred decking material for homeowners and with good reason. Over time, your investment is better protected from damage and the elements while also helping keep waste out of the landfill. The best part? There are a massive amount of styles and colors to choose from to fit the appearance and needs of any home. 

If you’re ready to get started on a deck project that will transform your outdoor space, contact National Lumber today. From design to construction, National Lumber can help bring your project to life. 

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Laura brings 18 years of experience to our kitchen design team. She helps customers build exceptional kitchen spaces down to the finest details. 

Every client has unique needs, and Laura enjoys the puzzle of figuring out how to fulfill them. She combines her technical abilities with her background in interior design to balance functionality and beauty.

She listens to her clients to help them narrow down their choices and presents a curated selection to make the process less overwhelming. Laura finds creative solutions to check off their wish list while keeping them on budget.

Her personal favorite design trend is a transitional style with a hint of traditional details. She loves the mix of painted colors and the textures and variations of natural woods. However, the best
part of her job is the opportunity to work in every design style
and come up with different combinations of styles, materials,
and finishes executing her client’s unique vision.

Personally, she loves everything involving water- the ocean, pools, boating, and long baths.
She also enjoys anything with a story- books, movies, shows, etc.
Her newest hobby is attempting to have as much fun cooking as she does exploring new restaurants.

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With over 15 years of experience, LindaRose brings deep knowledge of how to achieve beautiful kitchen designs at the right price. 

For LindaRose, listening to a client’s needs is paramount to achieving a great design. Creativity is key to kitchen design, requiring out-of-the-box thinking to achieve an excellent final product. 

Some of her favorite design trends she introduces to clients include transitional, clean lines, and dark islands with light perimeters. 

Before entering the world of kitchen design, she spent 20 years in theatre as a singer and actor, working in notable local theatres like Round House and Everyman.

In her free time, she enjoys other creative endeavors such as working with textiles including quilting, embroidery, and weaving. 

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Rick Bechtel is an industry expert with 7+ years as a kitchen designer. He brings unique insights to design thanks to his 15 years as a carpenter and contractor.

Rick believes in the importance of listening to the needs of the clients he works with. Utilizing his experience s a carpenter and contractor, he strives to make every layout as economical as possible through wise cabinet selection. 

Rick makes informed suggestions for products or features that can improve the cooking experience. He’s an expert in taking the dream items clients identify online or in showrooms and introducing options that better fit their design needs and are less cost prohibitive.

As a designer, he’s an expert on contemporary or transitional styles, light colors, and wood accents. 

Rick is passionate about woodworking and contracting but transitioned his career to spend more time with his children. He enjoys projects around his (or his children’s) house, and weekend trips with his wife.