Lumber and Trex Market Update: 1/29/2022
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Furniture for Composite Decking: What Won’t Cause Scratches?

Blue patio furniture set on Trex deck in Canton, MI

A new Trex deck creates a wonderful space to enjoy the outdoors with those you love (or are obligated to invite over from time to time, you know who we’re talking about!).

However, like with anything new, you probably want to do everything in your power to keep it looking that way. And that includes being mindful of what you place on your deck, including chairs, tables, etc.

So, what type of furniture should you consider for your new deck? And what furniture for composite decking is safe enough so that you don’t need to worry about scratching it?

Keep reading to find out.

Choosing Safe Furniture for Composite Decking

Fortunately, most types of furniture will be safe for the surface of your composite deck. Manufacturers like Trex create extremely durable boards that can handle wear and tear. 

Depending on the style you’re going for, some common and perfect materials to choose from are:

  • Wicker
  • Wood-plastic composite
  • Aluminum
  • Stained wood
  • Plastic

Now we aren’t saying every piece of furniture will be safe. There are some things to watch for or avoid that we’ll cover next.

Note: Here’s another great article by the NY Times with tips on choosing outdoor patio furniture

What To Look Out For

Shade umbrella and patio furniture on a grey outdoor 2nd story deck surrounded by tall trees

Like we said above, there will be some exceptions and things to pay attention to when you’re shopping for furniture for composite decking. And these can vary from brand to brand and individual items.

Furniture Feet

The most important thing to check is the bottom of the furniture, especially with tables and chairs. Ideally, it will have plastic, rubber, or even felt protectors. Metal feet should be okay, but we’d recommend adding rubber or felt bottoms to be safe. 

Also, some manufacturers install protective feet using staples or brad nails. These often stick out lower than the furniture’s feet and should be removed or covered because they can scratch your decking. 

PRO TIP: Fixing Scratches & Protecting Your Deck

If you get a scratch on your deck, check out our post: Does a Composite Deck Scratch Easily? We’ve outlined a couple of repair options you can try as well as some tips on preventing scratches. 

Also, if you plan on BBQing on your deck, consider checking out our post: 6 Tips & Tricks for Grilling on a Deck


Most patio furniture is relatively light compared to the furnishings in your living room. But some items, such as a solid concrete umbrella base, can be quite heavy. You want to be careful moving around any furniture with significant weight. Make sure to pick them up to move them, and never drag them across your deck. 

Indoor Use

One more easy thing to overlook is accidentally buying furniture made for indoor use. 

You always want to use furniture intended for the outdoors, as the fabric used on indoor furniture won’t last and will become moldy very quickly. Also, some indoor furniture made of steel can leave rust stains behind if it’s left in the rain.


Finding furniture for composite decking that won’t scratch shouldn’t be a problem. Most patio furniture will be perfectly safe to use. Besides the scratch-resistant deck boards, patio furniture brands usually add protective feet to their chairs, tables, etc. But, always check the bottom of the feet for staples or nails. And, of course, be cautious when moving anything heavy across your deck.

What Next?

Are you looking for a deck builder? Let’s chat!

At Custom Deck Creations, we design and build composite decks for clients across SE Michigan. Our builds are all custom-made and designed to be practical for how you’d like to use the space. During your deck’s design phase, we can show you what different types of furniture will look like on your new deck.

When you’re ready, go ahead and get in touch. We’ll chat about your project and give you a free over-the-phone estimate. Or take a look through our most recent projects first for inspiration.

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Lumber and Trex Market Costs Update

Last Updated: 1/29/2022
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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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