HOW IS TREX MADE?
In 1996, Trex changed the decking with wood-thermoplastic composite boards, known simply as composite decking boards. The patented process for creating these boards includes recycling spent sawdust and other wood waste, combining it with used plastic, and a binding agent to create gorgeous boards for decks, docks, and other outdoor projects.
Sawdust, old wood pallets, wood chips, and wood fiber are frequently used to create Trex composite boards, as are plastic bags, plastic wrap, and packing films. Rather than being tossed in a landfill, these items are crafted into high-quality boards. In fact, it’s estimated that Trex keeps 400 million pounds of wood waste and plastic from landfills annually. Trex products can use over 140,000 plastic shopping bags in just one 500 sq. ft. deck, and Trex is one of the nation’s largest plastic film recyclers. This takes the expression “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” to a whole new level.
Trex boards may mimic wood, however, they also have their own unique styling and beauty. Plus, Trex composite decking boards don’t suffer from some of the same issues that wood can, like rotting or fading. In fact, when properly installed and maintained, Trex decking is longer lasting than traditional wood decking.