Compare Trex flooring lines
The Trex flooring product line has gone through some significant changes for the spring of 2019.
Rather than me trying to accurately describe the new line-up, I’ve posted a scan from the Trex brochure here that shows you the different flooring choices that Trex offers.
While you can see the images for yourself, I will briefly summarize the differences and how they can affect the final price of your deck.Trex decking choices
Enhance, “Basic” and “Natural”
For spring of 2019, Trex has introduced its lowest-priced composite flooring yet – the “Enhanced” flooring in the “Basic” color line.
While the Enhanced flooring (in the “Basic” color line) is priced to be competitive with high-quality pressure treated wood decking, there are some important considerations to be aware of before choosing it. Mainly, it’s “scalloped” profile (the bottom has grooves cut out the full length of the board).
In many deck/rail configurations, the ends of the flooring are exposed along the edges of the deck and often where the flooring creates a “nosing” over the first stair down (some people find the “look” of those scalloped end-cuts objectionable).
Adding a composite or PVC fascia to cover those “scalloped” ends can often cost more than just using the slightly higher priced “Select” line of Trex flooring that does not have the “scalloped” profile.
The other two considerations are scratch resistance rating and color choices.
You’ll note that both of the “Enhance” lines have the least scratch resistance of all the Trex lines. For many deck scenarios that will still be perfectly adequate, but high-stress environments (large, active dogs with sharp claws, kids sliding heavy objects, etc.) might call for a more durable line.
The Enhance flooring line in the “Natural” color choices is the exact same product as the “Basic”, just more elaborate color choices (with “streaks” rather than solid colors)
The price of the Enhance “Natural” color boards increases to slightly higher than the next product line; ”Select”.
The “Select” flooring is now the “mid-grade” product.
Priced about 40% less than the “Transcends” line and about 37% higher than the “Enhance Basic” line, “Select” is my most commonly chosen product.
The solid board configuration requires no fascia “cover” on the ends, it has a “Medium” scratch resistance and comes in basic, solid colors.
The grain pattern on “Select” boards is not as elaborate and is more repetitious than that on both other Trex lines (some would say “not as pretty”).
The “Transcends” line is the Trex flagship decking.
Available in the widest variety of colors – both solid and streaked (tropical), Transcends is extremely tough and has the highest resistance to scratching.
The color palette for all the different Trex composite rail components is designed to match-up with the Transcends flooring color palette.