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Will White Deck Fascia Get Dirty? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Worry

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A common question we get from clients is if white deck fascia gets dirty easily?

The fear is if you choose white fascia, it won’t be long until it doesn’t look crisp and clean anymore. The myth is that it’ll become dirty and stained, with no way to fix it without replacing the entire board. 

So are you better off choosing a different color and saving yourself the disappointment? Or is it something you shouldn’t be all too concerned about?

We’re going to help you make that choice and give you our two cents on why you shouldn’t worry about choosing white fascia if it’s what you truly want.

The Truth About White Deck Fascia

Fortunately, it’s not your deck’s fascia that gets hit the hardest; the bottom-most stair riser usually gets the thick of it. But the truth is, all outdoor surfaces are subject to pollen, dirt, grass from the mower, scuff marks from shoes, etc. And your deck’s fascia board is no different.

So naturally, a lighter color like white will show more “weathering” than something darker; that’s a fact. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t choose white fascia if that’s the color you have your heart set on. If your home’s trim (such as windows, corner edging, downspouts) are white, we’ll usually recommend white deck fascia! White deck fascia beautifully compliments white house trim.

Building materials have come a long way regarding their durability and washability. With the products out today, a little bit of dirt doesn’t hurt anything. And keeping white, truly white, isn’t as tricky as you might think. 

Keeping White Fascia Looking White

Consider Your Materials
The level of difficulty in keeping your fascia clean will be affected by what material the board is. 

White deck fascia made of wood and painted with high-quality exterior paint is quite durable. But, it isn’t the easiest to keep clean and maintain over the years compared to composite or PVC fascia. Generally, you don’t have to worry about either of those becoming stained; you’d be surprised at how easy it is to remove even the toughest grass stains. 

Easy Cleaning
It’s hard to give a timeline on how quickly white fascia will get dirty; it depends on the environment. But typically, spraying it down with the hose will remove most of the dirt and debris. For the odd stubborn areas, warm soapy water and a soft-bristled brush will do the trick.

And of course, we recommend washing your deck and fascia once a year to stay on top of cleaning to keep it looking brand new. If you’d like more cleaning tips, check out our post on How to Care For and Clean a Trex Deck.

PRO TIP: Use PVC Fascia

We personally use and recommend installing Azek PVC fascia when you’re going with a lighter color like white. Compared to Trex, Azek is easier to clean and stays a true white for longer. 


Hopefully, this post has given you a better idea of whether white deck fascia is for you or not. 

The bottom line is white will appear dirtier quicker than a darker-colored fascia. But, if you’re willing to put in a little bit of effort to hose it down once in a while and give it a yearly wash, it’ll be well worth it.  

What Next?

Are you in the market for a new deck? We’d love to chat.

At Custom Deck Creations, we work with clients to design and build composite decks across Southeast Michigan. We handle the entire process from getting permits to inspections and can complete your project in as little as a few weeks. Feel free to check out some of our most recent builds or get in touch.

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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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