By Lance McCarthy
In all the work we do, we encounter a lot of new products. I thought it might be nice to review some of them from time to time to save you some research.
The first item I want to review is an interesting one: Trex Elevations Steel Deck Framing. If you are considering a new deck this year, you may run across this as an option.
The price of a treated frame is so good that it is hard to think of something else…until you decide you want a really straight, level, flat deck that will last for a lifetime. Then Trex Steel Framing really starts to make sense. Let’s look at it from a few different angles.
First Cost: $$$
Ok, so this is where Trex Elevations hurts. The product is more expensive than normal wood framing. And if you don’t use an installer that is experienced with it, the labor will be a lot more expensive as well. All in you can count on spending 30-50% more on the frame than you would have with a treated frame.
True Cost: $$
This is where Trex Elevations starts kicking butt. Since it can last 2 to 3 times as long as a wood framed deck, it pays for itself over time.
With a 25 year warranty and the durability of triple coated carbon steel, this frame will last until long past the Zombie Apocalypse. Plus, it requires very little if any maintenance
- Straighter. The steel beams and joists go in straight, and will stay that way over time. That means the dog’s tennis ball won’t roll to the corner of the deck any more.
- Stronger. Steel’s strength means longer spans, fewer support posts and sexier cantilevers and curves become possible.
- Safer. Steel can be used in commercial decks because it has a Class 1A fire rating.
- Long-lasting. It is rot and termite proof, and lasts much longer than even treated lumber
- Aesthetic. The consistent, straight lines of a steel frame with an understated neutral color.
- Warranty. Did I mention that 25 year warranty. Yeah. I thought so.
- Inexperienced. Installers Beware of using an inexperienced deck installer for this. It is actually easier to work with than treated framing if the crew knows what they are doing
- “First cost”. It’s just money, right? Even with all the advantages, a lot of people have a hard time paying more for something that they won’t even see when they are drinking their mojito.
Trex Steel Framing is for the homeowner that wants the straightest, longest lasting deck and understands that will cost a little more up front.
Wanna find out more? Try checking out this link.
Here’s a video of a steel frame being put up.
This weekly sponsored column is written by Lance McCarthy of ReTouch, a full-service, client-based contractor specializing in home remodels. For more information about their services, or to view samples of their work, visit their website.