Lumber and Trex Market Update: 1/29/2022
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Will My Grill Damage Trex Railings? (And What’s a Safe Grill Distance?)

Grill, patio table, chairs, and umbrella on a brown backyard composite deck built by Custom Deck Creations

Grilling on the back deck is a favorite pastime for many homeowners. You get to enjoy the fresh air and the smell of delicious food cooking while spending time with friends and family. 

But safety around a grill is important. For you, your guests, and also your deck. One of the most commonly asked questions we get is will the heat from a grill damage Trex railing?. And if so, what’s a safe distance to grill at?

Let’s find out. 

Can the Heat From My Grill Damage Trex Railings?

The short answer is – it depends. 

If you have an aluminum railing, then it’s not a huge concern. But, if you’ve built your deck with composite railings or railing posts, there’s a consideration to keep in mind with your grill and the distance of it to your composite railing. 

Generally, more heat comes out of the back of the grill than the sides, especially if you’re cooking food that requires a higher temperature. Be mindful that some grills will also burn hotter than others or heat up much quicker.

If you aren’t careful, it can lead to irreversible damage to your railings.

What’s a Safe Grill Distance From Trex Railings?

It’s crucial to consider your grill placement when designing a new deck. To be safe, position the grill between 6-12 inches away from your railings or posts. Or, pull the grill away from composite railings or any combustible materials while the grill is in use.

Another good rule of thumb is to leave that same amount of room on the sides of the grill as well. That leaves a sufficient amount of airspace to prevent damage to your railing, such as charring, staining, or even melting.

Other Areas of Concern

Unfortunately, we’ve heard a few horror stories about what happens when a grill isn’t being watched. And railings aren’t the only thing you should keep a close eye on when you’re grilling. 

Be aware of your home’s siding too, or any other combustible material on your home. If the grill is too close, it can melt or even catch on fire, releasing toxic gases. Or at worse case, catch your home on fire. Many grill manufacturers advise keeping a grill at a minimum of 3 feet away from your home. However, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends keeping any grill at least 10 feet away from your house or other building. 

Final Thoughts

Fortunately, Trex products are extremely durable and we haven’t heard from our clients about their grill damaging their railings. But the possibility of heat damage is very real and should be taken into consideration when you plan the design of your deck.

The bottom line is you should always make sure your grill is at a safe distance from your Trex railings, or any combustible material.

What Next?

Are you ready to start building a deck or thinking about doing some upgrades? We’d love to hear from you!

At Custom Deck Creations, we design and build composite decks for clients across Southeast Michigan. We work with each customer to design and build the deck that matches their vision and budget. Feel free to get in touch or visit our FAQ if you have any more questions!

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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:

Lumber

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.

Trex

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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