Lumber and Trex Market Update: 1/29/2022
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Can Deck Skirting Be Added After The Build?

Trex skirting boards on a deck

Deck skirting is a beautiful and functional upgrade to any backyard deck.

It adds the finishing touch to any build, bringing the entire design together and making it look clean and polished. Not only that, but it also creates a more secure storage space under your deck while keeping your backyard looking organized. 

But homeowners often ask us if it’s possible to add the skirting after the deck is complete, sometimes months or years down the road, whether for financial or design reasons.

What does this process look like, and how difficult will it be?

We’re going to answer these questions and dive a little more into the details. So you can decide if you should install your deck skirting now or if it can wait until another day.

Adding Deck Skirting After the Build

Fortunately, you can add skirting anytime after you finish your deck. Considering it’s one of the last things to do during a build, to add it later on it generally takes little rework and is easily done in most cases. 

The most common styles of skirting are vertical or horizontal deck boards or a decorative lattice material. But regardless, the installation is generally the same. You install the skirt framing directly onto your existing deck’s frame. And the process is entirely done outside the deck, making it easy to install at any point in time. 

PRO TIP: Deck Upgrades

Depending on your deck’s design and materials, there may be other upgrades that you can easily add at a later date. Talk with your deck builder and see what options you have. For example:

  • Cocktail rails on your railings
  • Solar-powered cap lights
  • Stair riser lights
  • Additional set of stairs

Challenges & Considerations

Low Decks
Adding skirting on a completed deck that is very low to the ground (18 inches or less) may pose a challenge. The lack of space makes it a little harder to properly secure the skirting’s framing to the deck’s framing. So in the case that your deck is 18″ or less off the grade, we recommend installing any desired deck skirting during the build.

To install deck skirting down the road, there’s a bit of work that requires you to remove your deck’s fascia to access the framing. The extra work will make the installation slightly more expensive to add the skirt after the deck is complete. 


If you aren’t ready to bite to bullet or are unsure if you want to invest in deck skirting, you don’t have to decide right away. You can add it to your deck even years down the road, and it’s a great option to reduce the initial investment of your deck.

Ready to Build?

If you’re getting ready to build a deck, we should chat!

At Custom Deck Creations, we build composite decks for clients all over Southeast Michigan. We’d love to work with you to design the perfect deck for your backyard, and we can discuss all the potential upgrades to add now or later (including deck skirting). 

Feel free to check out some of our recent deck builds. When you’re ready, get in touch for a free, over-the-phone estimate!

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About Custom Deck Creations

From design to installation, Custom Deck Creations combines beautiful decks with fair pricing and unparalleled customer service. Our designs stand out, while our install processes exceeds expectations. We are a certified TrexPro Platinum builder. Custom Deck Creations is located in and serves Southeast Michigan. 

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Lumber and Trex Market Costs Update

Last Updated: 1/29/2022
Custom Deck Creations

A brief look into the current and expected inflation

Quick Summary

Lumber rose +28% locally from November 2021 to January 2022, and is expected for another significant double-digit increase impacting us in June 2022. We’re also anticipating a cost increase  from Trex around that  same time frame. Depending on size and material selection, decks are anticipated to increase in cost an average of $2,000 to $4,000 come June 2022. Custom Deck Creations is currently scheduling projects for April/May, before we feel these cost increases. Schedule a quote with us today to lock in today’s costs.

For a more detailed look into the market, please continue reading:


The lumber market continues to see pressure on the supply side. Canadian truck drivers are protesting COVID vaccine mandates, threatening to disrupt deliveries in Canada and possibly into the US. Fuel prices are also increasing. Overall demand for Southern Yellow Pine (pressure treated lumber used here in MI) remains steady. Mills are not sitting on a lot of inventory. Lead times from mills to dealers are getting extended.

Pressure treated lumber costs increased locally +28% from November 2021 to January 2022.

Lumber is expected to increase another ~+40% in June 2022. 

Custom Deck Creations is currently scheduling projects for April & May 2022, before we’re impacted by these increased costs.


Data from Trex distributors nationwide are seeing a steady growth in purchases even through winter.

Trex continues to see huge demand increases nationwide. 

Our Interpretation

Lumber will continue to rise in price throughout 2022. We don’t believe we’ll see pre-2022 lumber pricing any time soon.

In 2021 Trex put out 4 separate approximately +10% price increases. We believe more are to be expected in 2022. We do not expect Trex to ever lower their pricing.

No Inflationary Clause

Custom Deck Creations does not have an inflationary clause. Lock in today’s lumber and Trex costs with a signed agreement which puts you on our schedule. We will not charge you more even if our costs go up.

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