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Three things to look out for in the new Trex brochure

Trex brochure cover

Spring is here and the 2021 decking season is now in full swing. Decking continues to be a popular choice for homeowners looking to make the most of their outdoor space, and composite decking in particular is becoming increasingly sought after thanks to its durability and lower impact on the… Read More

Congratulations to APL award-winner Artisan Landscapes

APL Awards 2021 Logo

As part of our commitment to uplifting and promoting the landscaping sector in the UK, we were proud to give our backing to this year’s Association of Professional Landscapers Awards. We sponsored the ‘Project Value £80,000 to £100,000’ category at this year’s event, which was hosted virtually on 12th March… Read More

Five Reasons To Install Trex This Decking Season

The arrival of spring means it’s time to start making the most of the outdoors again, and one of the most popular ways to do this is through the installation of decking. Decking has plenty of benefits, which is why it has continued to grow in popularity since the 1990s… Read More

Marie Boosts Marketing Division

Marie Ennals

With a busy year ahead, we’re happy to say we have expanded our Trex business unit with the appointment of Marie Ennals as our new marketing manager. Marie is already working with our marketing and PR agencies to deliver impactful marketing strategies that will help us to cultivate a closer… Read More

Don’t Let Wood Rot Wreck Your Deck Foundation

As you dream of summer in the garden, consider how a new deck might add to the enjoyment of longer days in the sun. Imagine a lovely extension of your home in the perfect colour, featuring sleek rails and sophisticated lighting. The roses are in full bloom and the air… Read More

How to prepare your deck for spring

The days are already beginning to get noticeably longer, which is a sure sign that spring is on its way. Spring signals the start of being able to make the most of decking spaces again after having less chance to use them during the cold, dark and wet winter months,… Read More

Decking trends in 2021: our top five predictions

It’s no secret that there was a huge demand for home improvement works during 2020, and this trend looks set to continue this year. Not only are homeowners wanting to spruce up the inside of their homes, but they’re also wanting to make the most of their outdoor space –… Read More

Behind the scenes at the 2020 Arbordeck Awards

Arbordeck Awards behind the scenes

We’re delighted to have been able to bring 2020 to a close on a high thanks to another successful Arbordeck Awards – with a new record of 84 entries across all categories. Of course, the 2020 Arbordeck Awards had to be held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic but despite… Read More

A new vision for Trex in the UK

There are exciting times on the horizon for Trex, as we have created a dedicated composite decking business unit, and the appointment of Jonathan Cooper as business manager for the division. Under Jonathan’s guidance, our aim is for Trex to become the UK’s leading composite decking brand, mirroring its position… Read More

The 2020 Arbordeck Awards go virtual

With new government measures now in place, FutureScape will be held virtually this year which means that the 2020 Arbordeck Awards will also be taking place online on 17th November. Although FutureScape will look a little different this year, it will still give those who work within the landscaping industry… Read More

Arbordeck Awards: How to impress the judges

With the Arbordeck Awards back for 2020, now’s the time to enter your stand-out decking project to be in with the chance of taking home one of the titles from the five categories – and even the prestigious ‘Deck of the Year’ award, which will be decided on by our… Read More

The Arbordeck Awards are back for 2020

With so many people using the lockdown period as an opportunity to make home improvements, decking installers have experienced an incredibly busy decking season which looks set to continue later into the year. And it’s been great to see installers helping each other out during these unprecedented times, including those… Read More

Under the spotlight: How Trex lighting can transform your deck

Your deck is an expression of your personal style, whether you prefer a classic, inspired-by-nature look or a bold, modern style, the Trex range allows you to fully customise your deck. Thanks to the launch of the Trex Outdoor Lighting Range earlier this year, there are now more opportunities to… Read More

How to buy the perfect deck

Lounge area using Trex Transcend Gravel Path

A recent study by Aviva showed that a massive 85 per cent of UK residents have undertaken some kind of home improvement project during the COVID-19 lockdown – and 52 per cent of people have spent time improving their garden. We’ve felt the impact too, with requests for samples of… Read More

Three ways to get your garden ready for summer

Known for their love of outdoor spaces – despite the unpredictable weather – recent years have seen Brits start to use their gardens as an extension of their indoor living area, with popular interior trends now making their way outside. Nights are getting lighter and summer is now in sight,… Read More

North Spas Go West

When North Spas won the inaugural Arbordeck Awards back in 2018, the company’s prize included a four-day trip for two people to the US capital, Washington DC – complete with a visit to the Trex University in Virginia. North Spas directors Davy and Heather Mason have recently returned from their… Read More

Behind the scenes at the Arbordeck Awards

Simon Thomas receiving the Best of Trex award at the Arbordeck Awards 2019

This year saw dozens of entries to the expanded Arbordeck Awards, with Simon Thomas Decking taking the coveted ‘Deck of the Year’ award for his Bryntirion project. We caught up with Arbordeck Awards judge Alan Hodkinson to learn more about how the judging panel came to their decision. The secret… Read More

Arbordeck Awards 2019 shortlist revealed

Arbordeck Awards shortlist announced

Yet again the Arbordeck Awards have proved to be a resounding success, with dozens of entries from decking installers the length and breadth of the country – and we’re proud and excited to reveal the 2019 category shortlists. The judges have narrowed down the shortlist to 15 installers across the… Read More

Trex: Our match made in eco-friendly heaven

Red accessories used alongside the grey tones of Trex Island Mist decking

As the desire for decking continues to grow, so does the public’s demand for sustainable products. Fortunately, we’re able to offer customers the perfect combination of the two, in the form of Trex composite decking, which offers a low maintenance decking solution. And not only is Trex low maintenance, it’s… Read More

Softwood and composite – can’t we all just get along?

Timber vs composite decking

The timber industry has long framed the landscaping market as a conflict between more traditional, earthy softwood decking and low-maintenance wood-effect composite options. As suppliers of both Arbordeck timber decking products and Trex Transcend and Trex Enhance composite decking, we’re ideally placed to settle this question once and for all…. Read More

It’s your last chance to enter the 2019 Arbordeck Awards


With a record number of entries already in all categories and the submissions deadline for 2019 Arbordeck Awards entries on Friday 27th September fast approaching, preparations for the ceremony are underway, and we’re taking a look back at last year’s award-winners. Scooping the top prize of Best of Trex in… Read More

How to make your deck shine for the Arbordeck Awards

Northspa's peffer showcase

We’re delighted to be bringing back the Arbordeck Awards this year, and as submissions start to ramp up, we’re sharing some top tips for creating a successful entry – and who better to give advice than 2018 Best of Trex winner, North Spas? Here, North Spas’ managing director Davy Mason… Read More

Sustainability in the garden

Collecting rain water in a barrel

Our gardens may feel like our own connections to nature, but are they as green as we think they are? With issues related to global warming dominating the news recently, we explain how you can make your garden as environmentally friendly as possible. Minimising water wastage Hosepipes use an average… Read More

3 reasons to Enhance your deck

Outdoor lounge decking area with integrated planter using Trex Enhance Calm Water

Earlier this year, we announced the expansion of our Trex decking collection to include the Enhance Basics and Enhance Naturals ranges, adding six new colour options to suit any outdoor space and budget. UK homeowners and businesses understand the benefits of Trex Transcend decking – and not just its durability… Read More

A professional’s guide to creating a beautiful outdoor space

Lucy's Garden - Royal Norfolk Show Garden 2019

As summer fast approaches, we asked Lucy from Lucy’s Garden, a Norfolk-based gardening services business, for her top tips on how to create the perfect outdoor space to suit you. Gardens are an extension of our homes and should offer a multipurpose space, where we can relax, dine and unwind…. Read More

Announcing the bigger and better Arbordeck Awards

The Arbordeck Awards 2019 Logo

Last year we invited decking installers from across the UK to show off their best work in the inaugural Arbordexperts Installer Awards. Newcastle-based hot-tub and Trex® decking specialists North Spas took the crown, with their inventive and beautiful Peffer project being named as Best Trex Deck – as well as… Read More

How to create an eco-friendly garden

Plastic bottle being used as a planter

More than ever before, we’re being urged to be more environmentally friendly. From food waste to energy consumption, the UK population is trying to make more responsible choices within the household – but how can you do your bit for the environment in your outdoor space? Ponds When it comes… Read More

Gardens across the world

Deck using Trex RainEscape® Deck Drainage System

We’re sure if you’ve been abroad you’ve marvelled at the buildings and how they differ from ours here in the UK, but have you ever stopped to look at the different ways people use their garden space overseas? Cultural differences are apparent in gardens as well as architecture, and it’s… Read More

Building an all-weather deck

North Spa with Trex decking and canopy

In the UK, we experience around 106 days of rainfall on average each year, leaving just 259 days to make the most of our gardens! Gardening and spending time in your own outdoor space are proven to carry both physical and mental health benefits, but with more than 100 days… Read More

Trex-panding our composite decking collection

Trex Enhance Naturals in Calm Water

The first signs of spring are starting to show and as the days get longer and the sun starts to feel a little warmer, many people are already starting to dream of a brand new deck. And for anyone planning on upgrading their garden this spring, we have good news:… Read More


ProLandscapers awards - we've been shortlisted

We’re proud to have been shortlisted in the prestigious Pro Landscaper Business Awards! The awards highlight the landscape industry’s best companies, rewarding those which are raising the standard of the UK landscaping sector, including designers, suppliers, landscapers, and arboriculturalists. We’re in contention for the Supplier of the Year category, which… Read More


Northspa's peffer showcase

The long hot summer of 2018 meant that plenty of people were able to enjoy some quality time out on the decking, and we’re expecting to see plenty of homeowners and businesses looking to revamp their outdoor space if they missed out last year. In fact, the decking trend isn’t… Read More


Winner of Arbordexperts award shaking hands with Sarah Francis

If you’ve been following the Arbordexperts Installer Awards, you’ll know that North Spas took the ‘ Best of Trex ’ title with the phenomenal ‘Peffer’ project near Gateshead. North Spas impressed the judges with the creative use of Trex decking in this multi-level project, and the company’s directors, Davy and… Read More


Arbordexperts Installer Awards

Earlier this year we launched the Arbordexperts Installer Awards: a chance for Trex® installers across the UK to celebrate their best work, whether their decks were large or small, residential or commercial projects, and those tricky design challenges. Six months later and we’re just a few days away from crowning… Read More

Arbordexperts Trex Installer Awards:

Meet the Arbordexpert Judges

There’s still time to enter the Arbordexperts Trex Installer Awards, with two months left to submit your decks for consideration. To give you some tips, we’ve asked our judges exactly what they’re looking for from the entries. Read on to find out! ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ We’re lucky enough to have a diverse… Read More

Keep Cool on Your Deck When the Weather Hots Up

Trex decking with seats overlooking a large garden in summer

The longest day is behind us but the sunshine looks set to stick around a little bit longer, so here’s our suggestions for keeping cool on your deck when the heat is on! ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Sunny summer days are made for relaxing outdoors, and as parks and beer gardens around the… Read More


Arbordexperts installer awards 2018

In the 7 years since we first brought Trex® decking to the UK, it’s taken off in style – and the driving force behind this has been the enthusiastic and talented decking installers who make their customers’ dreams a reality. We wanted to celebrate the work of Trex installers across… Read More

Getting to know our TrexPro® Gold installers

Trex multi level deck used for dining area - Simon Thomas

Since we launched the TrexPro® scheme in the UK last year, over 25 professional installers have joined the scheme. So we’re getting to know our Gold installers a little better – and we started by talking to Simon Thomas, a Swansea-based Trex specialist with a host of five-star reviews to… Read More

Island Mist: our colour of the year

Trex composite decking in Island Mist

As gardens and terraces become extensions of our indoor spaces, the trend for cool, grey interiors has stepped out into the sun. Meet Island Mist: our colour of the year. Like any home improvement project, your decking is a reflection of your own personal style, whether you prefer traditional warm… Read More

How Trex decking is doing its best for the planet

Trex plastic bottle recycling

We often discuss the aesthetics of decking, and we also highlight the fact that the low-maintenance and durability of Trex is what attracts many people to composite options. But did you know that by installing a Trex deck, you are doing your part to save the planet too? Thanks to… Read More

The state of decking in 2017

Trex Transcend Gravel Path used for a small raised decking area

As we come to the end of 2017, we’re looking back on another big year for decking. With a host of new products on the market there’s more choice for consumers than ever before, and the decking trend shows no signs of slowing. So what does the future hold? Decking… Read More

How to create a stunning centrepiece for your deck

Create a beautiful light-filled oasis with flush-mounted LEDs into Trex boards.

We all know that the character of gardens and outdoor space has changed dramatically in recent years, with gardens now seen as an extension of a property’s living space and a reflection of our lifestyles. We’re increasingly looking for more from our outdoor space: that’s why demand for outdoor hot… Read More

Check out our deck-orating tips!

Lounge area using Trex Transcend Gravel Path

Looking for inspiration on how to add personality to your deck? As we say goodbye to summer, many will be shutting the door on their decking for the season, covering over garden furniture and storing parasols until the sun returns. But if the change in the weather is getting you… Read More

Creating a tranquil oasis with Trex at BBC Gardeners World Live

Circular deck with canopy in Trex Transcend Island Mist by Halcyon Days Garden Designs

This summer our Trex decking was on display at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, hosted at The NEC, Birmingham. Our long-term collaborators Halcyon Days Garden Design created a tranquil garden oasis for the show – with our Trex Transcend Island Mist decking at the heart of the design. Here, Halcyon Days’… Read More

2017 Decking Trends

Trex Transcend in Tiki Torch with fish pond

Just like with interior design, trends come and go for outdoor spaces and for every style, there’s a decking shade that lends itself seamlessly. Whether you want a space to relax in, or one made for socialising with friends, it is imperative to find a design that will continue to… Read More

Is your deck safe for barbecue season?

Trex Contour in Pebble Grey

The summer is almost upon us and the tantalising smell of barbecued food is beginning to drift through the air across the UK. But before you invite the neighbours round for a cookout, it is vital to make sure your deck is ready to accommodate them. This is perhaps the… Read More

Five ways to spruce up your deck in time for summer

Summer BBQ on the deck

Summer is the time of year that decking really comes into its own, and if you’re like us you’ll want to ensure your deck is looking its absolute best when the warmer weather rolls around. Leaving your deck to gather dirt and debris during cold, wet months is an easy… Read More

How you can use decking to work wonders with water

Grooved decking with pond

The warmer months are a great time to add some water to your garden. Building a pond can bring a sense of calm and attract new wildlife, while a hot tub invariably makes your garden the place everyone wants to be. Stylistically and functionally, decking is an ideal material to… Read More

How a multi-level deck can enhance your home

Decking on a sloping site creates more space to enjoy your garden

Decking can transform outdoor living spaces and have a similar impact to an extension on a house, and this effect is being taken to the next level with the installation of multi-level decking areas. There is a growing trend in the United States for multi-level decking that incorporates living spaces… Read More

How to set your deck apart from the rest

Spotlight used around composite decking water feature

In an earlier post, we looked at how directional board designs and the use of staining can help to give your deck a unique look. In this post, we go a little further and explore three more adventurous ways to make a deck unlike any other, by using curves, lighting… Read More

Fresh approaches to distinguished deck design

Trex Transcend boards in different directions - Herringbone

Developments in decking technology and materials over the last decade have opened up a world of possibility for anyone designing a deck. Back in the 1990s, most garden decks in the UK looked fairly similar, tending to be square or rectangular, constructed from standard hardwood decking boards, with few features… Read More

Considerations when creating public decking

Outside recreation area for customers

The popularity of decking in public spaces and commercial buildings has soared in recent years, but business owners mustn’t be too gung ho when installing a deck. The introduction of the smoking ban in 2007 turned the focus on creating improved outdoor spaces for a lot of UK businesses, and… Read More

Five ways to use your deck in winter

Spotlights used in decking area

The peak season for buying decking is in the early spring, when everyone is getting ready for the long summer evenings spent outdoors. When winter rolls around many decks are left neglected, but this really needn’t be the case. Your deck can be every bit as useful and enjoyable in… Read More

Decking maintenance tips

Cleaning a timber deck with a power washer

Decking maintenance is best done before the bad weather rolls in and, with autumn already upon us, it’s time to start getting the garden ready for winter. Whether your deck is brand new or a few years old, made of softwood, hardwood, or composite materials, you can help to extend… Read More

Don’t forget the substructure

Installing timber substructure

Whether you are planning to install a composite or timber deck, the products you select for the construction of your deck’s substructure are vital. If you are building your deck substructure yourself, you have probably already considered to the various materials available for a solid, lasting deck foundation. But even… Read More

Ten ways to make the most of your decking

Mat on Trex Transcend Island Mist

With the summer sun now daring to shine, you may well be inspired to spend some time out in the garden for the first time this year. Decking creates a great focal point for enjoying your garden; it provides a firm surface which is ideal for garden seating areas, BBQs… Read More

Timber and composite decking: what’s the difference?

timber vs composite

There has been plenty of hype about composite decking this year, with everyone from timber merchants, design magazines and radio presenters waxing lyrical about the growing trend to hit the UK decking market. Despite that, timber decking remains the dominant force, occupying around 95 per cent of the UK market… Read More

Introducing Trex Transcend Island Mist

Trex Transcend Island Mist close-up

The first application in the UK of Trex Transcend’s Island Mist finish, was installed by Whalley Construction this year. The new installation includes a contemporary glass and steel balustrade to allow uninterrupted views across the garden. Manufactured from 95% recycled materials, Trex Transcend is the most weather-resistant, low-maintenance composite decking… Read More

What is composite decking?

Trex transcend Island mist detail

Composite decking has increased in popularity in recent years, but just how does it compare to traditional timber decking? Introduced as a viable alternative to timber, composite decking can help to reduce or even eliminate the typical maintenance issues associated with traditional wooden decking. Manufactured from a mixture of recycled… Read More

The benefits of enhanced grip boards

Deck area using Two Strip Grooved Deck Boards

Enhanced grip boards, which are manufactured with a strip or strips of non-slip resin material on the surface, are used to provide protection for end users in high risk areas. So-called ‘slip-sensitive areas’ such as ramps and steps – as well as public access walkways – present a greater risk… Read More

Treating your deck for extra longevity

End grain preservative being applied to cut timber

Softwood deck boards which have been pre-treated to offer greater protection from the elements are an ideal choice, but how does this affect boards which have been cut to size or damaged in some way? Traditional timber decking is prone to damage from moisture, the sun’s UV rays and insect… Read More

How to clean garden decking

Timber decking creates a space to relax

Cleaning your garden deck can seem like a daunting proposition but it needn’t be that way. With only a few tools and a bit of knowhow you can have your old deck looking nearly new in next to no time. Over the years spillages and general use can combine to… Read More

How to install Composite Decking

Trex installer

Installing your composite decking might seem like something you’d want to leave to the professionals but we’ve put together a video that explains it might not be as tricky as you think! Trex Transcend is a type of composite decking manufactured from recycled wood and plastic. It’s the most weather… Read More

Trex Transcend explained

Balcony area in Gravel Path

Trex Transcend is an environmentally friendly composite decking system that could be the answer to all of your decking needs. But what does that mean? What is composite decking? Already used extensively throughout Europe and the USA, 95% of Trex Transcend composite decking is manufactured from recycled materials including plastic… Read More

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