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How to Design Your Deck with Trex

One of the most common questions we hear from homeowners is, “Where do I start?” We wanted to help answer this question and more. Using the Trex website, you can plan your entire decking project, from the design to actually building your deck. Let's get started. 

August 26, 2022

Find Your Deck Inspiration

The first step is to figure out how you want to use your space, what it should look like, and what features you want to include in the design. In the Trex Ideas Section, you can explore different deck styles, get advice from design and building experts, and even read stories about real homeowners’ experiences to help define your vision for your outdoor space. 


Design & Price Your Deck Project

Once you have an idea of what you want your outdoor space to look like, it is time to start refining the details. The Trex Online Tools page has a collection of design and pricing tools to help you wherever you are at in the process. Trex has a tool for everything. From a simple cost calculator to a 3D modeling tool, you can easily bring your vision to life and on budget.


Order a Decking Sample

Next, we recommend ordering a sample of the decking color(s) your are considering. A decking sample lets you see how the color pairs with your home, feel the durability, and notice how the color shifts with the lighting throughout the day. Holding a sample in your hand allows you to see what the decking would be like in your home before you make your final purchase. 


Learn How to Build Your Deck

Want to build your new deck yourself? Enter Trex® Academy™. With answers to your most common questions, pro tips and how-to videos, Trex Academy is there to help you every step of the way. It even has a quiz to help you determine if you have the skills, tools, and time to tackle a DIY decking project. 


Find a Deck Builder

If building isn't your thing, Trex has a tool for that too. With the Find a TrexPro tool, you can search for a certified deck builder near you who specializes in composite decking with just your zip code. Looking for a unique application or payment plan? The tool even allows you to search for builders with custom offerings such as curved decking & railing, dock building, and financing.