Lumber and Trex Market Update: 1/29/2022
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Composite Decking In Ann Arbor, Michigan

Custom Deck Creations

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Custom Deck did a great job on my new deck. I had a complete tear out and replacement of my old deck. They went through all the pros and cons of material and construction options with me so I could make the best decision for my needs and budget. They also provided written documentation of how they were going to do everything – details on how the support posts would be set, on the structure, and on the deck boards, etc, many of which were beyond what the local building code requires. And then they were able to deliver on what they said they would do. The new support structure for my deck is rock solid, I swear I could park a truck on it. Good communication with me throughout the entire process. And the finished product is beautiful. I went with a composite deck material. They were not the least expensive quote that I had, though competitive. I went with them because I wanted it done right and last many years, and I feel that they were able to give me that.

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Trex Decking in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor is the county seat of Washtenaw County in Michigan and the fifth-largest city in Michigan. The University of Michigan, located in Ann Arbor, moved here from Detroit in 1837, employing approximately 30,000 workers with 12,000 in the medical center. Ever since the University arrived in 1837, it has been closely linked to the history of Ann Arbor.

The city encompasses 29.07 square miles with an elevation of 840 feet above sea level. Situated on the Huron River, this region is known for its productive agriculture and fruit-growing. The population of Ann Arbor is 123,851, with 49,948 households as of the 2020 census.

Due to the extreme heat in the summer months and the extremely cold winters, you need to have decking material that will withstand these harsh conditions.

Our Happy Ann Arbor, Michigan Customers

Maintenance Free Decking

Homeowners in Ann Arbor, Michigan, know how extreme the weather can be with the changing of the seasons. They know how important it is to use quality decking material to withstand extreme weather conditions. With homes increasing in value across the U.S., adding a new deck will help increase the value even more while providing more living space. The number one choice in decking material for a truly maintenance-free deck is Trex decking.

Why Choose Composite?

Trex decking is a composite made up of 95% recycled materials. It is the number one used brand over other composite materials and the preferred choice over wood because it is rot-resistant, mold resistant and insect resistant. Let’s compare Trex to the competition so you can see why Trex outperforms the competition.

Trex vs. Wood

There is no argument that the natural look of wood and the different grain patterns provide a very nice look. The problem is, in order to maintain that natural look and feel, there is a significant amount of maintenance. Trex was designed to emulate woods grain and texture without all of the maintenance. Wood can split, rot, swell, twist, fade and become a safe haven for all types of insects. It also requires annual maintenance, including staining, sealing, painting and sanding.

Trex vs PVC

Another low-maintenance alternative to wood is PVC. This material also resists rot, mold and insects but is not as environmentally friendly as Trex. PVC is produced mostly from virgin plastic, whereas Trex is manufactured from 95% recycled materials in an Eco-friendly process. Trex never loses performance or color even under the harshest conditions. PVC decks are more likely to expand and shrink with temperature fluctuations and are prone to chalking. PVC will also stain and fade from certain items like rubber mats, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

Trex vs Early Generation Composite

Over the past two decades, composite decking has come a long way. Know one knows this better than Trex because they created the composite category. Trex enhanced the category significantly by introducing its newest high-performance, weather-resistant shell technology. Early generations cannot do not have the same lasting fade and stain resistance as the new Trex high-performance boards. This new technology provides twenty-five years of protection from stain and fade. Early generation boards need periodic cleaning and are susceptible to fading, staining, mold and mildew.

Homeowners In Ann Arbor Can Start Building A New Composite Deck Today!

If you’re looking for a in the Ann Arbor Michigan area, we’d love to chat with you about your project. We want to work with you to design the perfect deck that will be easy to maintain, check all your boxes, and be within your budget.

Together, our team has more than 65+ years of experience and has built more than 195,000+ square feet of composite decking. Our reviews speak for themselves and treating your home like it’s one of our own is our top priority. 

Get in touch with Custom Deck Creations today for your free over-the-phone estimate.

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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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