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Water Management Hidden in Plain Sight

Posted by Ron on Apr 8, 2015 4:45:52 PM

From before recorded history, water management has been a big part of human endeavor. The ancient Romans built fantastic aquaducts that remain to this day. The invention of irrigation has redefined agriculture, and the damming of rivers has enabled hydro-electric power. Water management in the form of umbrellas and raincoats, and the plumbing in our homes are all forms of water management.Sometimes water management is hiding in plain sight, and this is true of the Trex RainEscape deck drainage system. Using the spaces between joists in a deck to fit troughing and drains, the RainEscape system makes it possible to capture water passing through the planking of a deck, and to divert it from falling on the area beneath. The whole setup can be concealed in a ceiling, making it invisible. Now, the area beneath the deck is waterproofed against the elements, and can be used to create added value through the increased usefulness of the under-deck space.

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Trex has realized a solution to a problem everyone knew existed: the space under a second-floor deck is not as useful as it could be. While it would be great to install lighting, create an indoor-outdoor kitchen, or make a dining or living space beneath a deck, water leaking from above can make these uses impossible.

And it's worse when you're using the space beneath your deck when the skies open and the rain starts. Just when you want cover from the rain, you instead find yourself grabbing anything you want to keep dry and rushing it indoors.

Trex RainEscape provides an easy-to-install water capture and redirection system that directs water away from your desk and into your water collection piping. The system consists of troughs that fit between the joists of your deck and lead to downspouts connecting to your drains. The full system includes troughs, flashings, and downspouts, all made of robust polyethelyene with ultraviolet inhibitors.

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Installation can be done yourself, on either decks under construction or under existing decks. Simple tools -- scissors, utility knife, staple gun, and caulking gun -- are all that are needed. Trex includes full instructions and a set of step-by-step videos online.

Installation for a new deck is done once the framing and joists are installed. Installation for an existing deck requires removing the decking planks to enable ready access to the joists from above, then installing the troughing and downspouts, and preparing for installing flashing later. Seams are caulked and taped. Then the planking is replaced and flashing and post caps installed.

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Maintenance of a RainEscape setup is essentially non-existent. The majority of the Trex RainEscape system lies beneath the decking and so is protected from the elements, ensuring long life. If installed and maintained according to directions, the RainEscape system is guaranteed against leakage for twenty years. In fact, a RainEscape installation can also increase the life of your deck, by protecting joists from moisture.

Cleaning is also negiligible: in most cases water passing through the system flushes away any small debris that passes through the deck planking. Snow sitting on the deck will also melt and drain out of the RainEscape system.

Finally, Trex RainEscape is economical, costing less than the nearest competitors. Look at the Trex RainEscape system and other parts of the Trex product line at The Deck Store today to expand your outdoor living space.

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Topics: deck materials, RainEscape, Trex, deck drainage system

Trex Elevations: Perfection From The Ground Up

Posted by Tim on Jun 10, 2014 11:08:48 AM
Throughout the history of mankind, tools have constantly been evolving. A simple sharpened stick gave way to the spear, hammer, slingshot and bow and arrows. But things really started getting interesting when we stopped relying on nature to outfit our needs, and instead began to innovate. The discovery and harnessing of electricity may be man’s biggest achievement to date, but second prize is a no-brainer: steel. Before it, wars were fought with wooden swords, boats sank far too easily (and too often), and cars could not even be attempted. This strong and durable material has now managed to work itself into almost facet of our lives: die cast cars, towing cables, steel-toed boots, and everybody’s favorite item of steel: Superman! And while you may not be able to have The Man of Steel in your own backyard ( though some have tried), you can have the next best thing: a steel-framed deck from Trex Elevations.

Steel Through The Years

I know the first question you may be asking yourself is: why would I want a steel-framed deck? And the answer to this as is simple as it is complex; because it’s better! Our ancient ancestors came to the realization that steel did a much better job of protecting them and provided the foundation for stronger structures because it was not an organic substance (such as wood). You could change the recipe, so to speak, if you wanted something harder, softer, pliable, etc…where by comparison, you get what you get with trees. That is not to say that pressure-treated lumber cannot provide the foundation for a solid deck. It can, and does, in the majority of structures adjourning our yards today. But as with anything organic, there is maintenance, aging and blemishes that appear over time. Wood can also split, warp, and shift over time…leading to an uneven decking surface, as well as structural weak points. In an effort to combat these and other issues, the good people at Trex set out to develop a system of deck framing that was stronger, more durable, non-organic and maintenance free. The result? Trex Elevations steel framing was born!

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Topics: steel frame deck, Trex Elevation, Steel Deck Framing, Trex Elevations, Trex, Ultimate Deck

The Deck Store's First Trex Elevations Steel Framed Deck in Ontario

Posted by Tim on Mar 20, 2014 3:18:52 PM

We are excited to share with you these pictures of the steel frame deck that we are currently building in Oshawa.
This is the first The Deck Store's Trex Elevations steel framed deck in Ontario!

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Topics: deck, steel frame deck, Trex Elevation, steel frame, Decks, Trex

Don’t Just Do Decking...Do Trex!

Posted by admin on Jun 14, 2013 4:02:44 PM

Being the first to do something can be difficult. I imagine the first person to try and domestic a dog, for example, probably didn’t fare too well. Likewise for the first person that tested shark repellant, attempted to skydive or thought alligator wrestling was a fantastic idea. Being a pioneer in any area has its share of challenges, and being able to not only do something first, but to create popularity and longevity behind it is a skill few can master.

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Topics: pvc decking materials, Decks, low maintenance deck materials, Trex

Trex Company Expands into Decking Substructures with Acquisition of Iron Deck (R)

Posted by admin on May 4, 2011 1:49:40 AM

WINCHESTER, Va., May 02, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE: TREX), the world's largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing products, today announced it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Iron Deck Corporation, a Denver-based manufacturer of steel deck framing systems.

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Topics: Decks, Trex

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