Lumber and Trex Market Update: 1/29/2022
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The Trex Warranty: How Long Is It and What Does It Cover?

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What is the warranty on Trex decking, railing, and lights? Let’s dive into it.

I know your eyes are already starting to glaze over because warranties aren’t the most exciting topic. But we’re going to make this as quick and painless as possible, I promise. We’ll break down the Trex warranty information in easy-to-read sections that cover the need-to-know details about the types of coverage Trex offers. 

So stick with me, and we’ll keep it simple!

The Trex Manufacturer Warranty

How Long is the Trex Warranty Period?

Firstly, for residential installations, all Trex decking lines come with a 25-year warranty from the date it’s installed (we’ll cover the exceptions in a bit). If you plan on selling your home in the future, you can also transfer the warranty one time within five years, as long as the materials are still on the same property. 

What Does the Trex Warranty Cover

Trex stands behind its products because it creates them to the highest standard. As a result, they resist warping, are free from material defects, and won’t split, splinter, rot, or suffer structural damage from termites or fungal decay.

In addition, Trex offers a 25-year limited residential fade & stain warranty on their decking lines. The extra Trex decking warranty is available for the following product lines:

  • Transcend decking, porch or fascia
  • Enhance decking or fascia
  • Select decking or fascia
  • Trex Universal Fascia

Considering staining and fading are broad issues caused by multiple factors, let’s dive into the fine print.

Fade Resistance
Trex is designed to resist fading, but no material is entirely fade-proof after years of exposure to the elements and UV rays. With that being said, Trex won’t fade in color by more than 5 Delta E (CIE) units. 

But what does that mean? Because we’re not all color theorists!

Without complicating things or going off-topic, know that any unit between 2 and 10 is only perceptible at a very close look, and 5 Delta E (CIE) units is barely perceptible to the eye. The bottom line is, if you need to replace a board on your deck 10 years after it was installed, you should be able to without anyone noticing a board was replaced. (Try doing that on a wood deck!)

Stain Resistance
In addition to being fade-resistant, Trex also resists permanent staining from naturally occurring mold, mildew and spills from food and beverages you’d typically find on a residential deck. For example, think of items like:

  • Condiments (the heavy hitter here is actually mustard)
  • Tea and coffee
  • Wine, juice and soda
  • Sauces
  • Salad dressings and oils
  • Sunscreen spray

Even though Trex is highly effective at resisting stains, it’s important to recognize that nothing is absolutely stain-proof, and Trex’s warranty won’t cover the extremes such as:

  • Abrasive compounds of acidic or basic pH
  • Paints or stains
  • Heavy solvents
  • Metallic rust 
  • Non-food or beverage substances (fungicides, biocides, etc.) 

Note: You should be aware that to claim this warranty, you’ll need to have cleaned the areas with soap and water or a mild cleaner within a week of the spill or the presence of mold or mildew. 

The Exceptions

Like we mentioned earlier, there are a couple of exceptions to the 25-year warranty. Not because the products are poor quality; rest assured they’re still top of the line. But because of the nature of the products and how much use they receive over time.

Trex Railings
While the 25-year warranty covers the Trex Signature line of railings, there is no warranty on the Transcend or Select railings. 

Trex Lights
Trex lights comes with a 7-year warranty. But there’s no need to worry; these low-voltage LED lights are made with high-performance materials and should survive for many years, even in harsh weather and through winters.

Trex Labor Warranty

Trex goes the extra mile and offers an extended labor warranty for its highest-rated builders on residential projects. For you, this means you’ll have additional coverage and can be confident that the best of the best are building your deck.

There are three tiers based on the contractor level, and the length of coverage doubles if you bundle qualified Trex decking and railings.

Trex Pro
Deck or Rail: 1 year
Deck and Rail: 2 years

Trex Pro Gold
Deck or Rail : 3 year
Deck and Rail: 6 years

Trex Pro Platinum
Deck or Rail: 5 year
Deck and Rail: 10 years

Similar to the Trex manufacturer’s warranty, you can transfer the labor warranty once within the first five years. But which Trex products qualify? Take a look:

  • Transcend & Signature Railings (Excludes Select and Enhance)
  • Decking (excludes Enhance Basics)
  • Fascia profiles (1×6, 1×8, 1×12, 2×4, 2×6)

The team here at Custom Deck Creations is proud to be awarded TrexPRO Platinum, which is Trex’s highest level awarded to contractors. But our commitment doesn’t stop there. We also offer all our customers our own additional warranty.

Custom Deck Creations – 1 Year Workmanship Warranty

Like Trex, which offers fantastic coverage because the company believes in its products, we offer a 1-year workmanship warranty on each project. We cover everything we install. We treat every job like it’s our own home, which makes us confident in providing a warranty that covers everything we build.

Final Thoughts

Regardless of your project size, you can trust that Trex will bring your ideas to life for you to enjoy for years. 

If you’d like to read more about Trex warranties, you can find all the information you’ll need on their website.

Have questions about our Workmanship Warranty or the process of installing a Trex deck? If so, you can check out our design-build process or contact us directly; we’d love to hear from you. 

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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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