Project of the Month: A Trex Deck Fit for Fall

One of the greatest benefits for composite decking, as explained by homeowners, is the fact that it’s far easier to clean and maintain than wood decking. For starters, composite decking is more resistant to weather, pests, mold, and other natural sources of decay and color fading. It’s certainly easier to clean than standard wood decking, and there is no need for sanding, staining or sealing. 

Knowing they wanted to upgrade their wood deck to composite material, homeowners in Columbia, Maryland reached out to Fence & Deck Connection for help. With a vision of warm browns and caramel tones, Project Consultant Andrew Vidulich presented several hues and budget categories. Based on their choices, we were able to design a beautiful “Havana Gold” colored Trex composite deck that blends in beautifully among the changing fall leaves.


We first removed the existing wooden deck, and constructed a new frame to support 520 sq. ft. of Trex Transcend composite decking, using double feature boards to avoid a seam on the deck. Our Howard County homeowners chose the stunning Havana Gold hue — a warm brown color with a blend of caramel and honey hues that mimics tropical teak with its true-to-nature vibrancy and realistic grain pattern. Unlike the previous wood deck, this low-maintenance material cleans easily with soap and water, and its protective outer shell resists fading, stains and scratches — no sanding or painting required ever again. It’s also incredibly durable, and won’t rot, warp, or splinter.

White vinyl Lincoln-style railings with black round aluminum balusters enclose the large open space, with a matching 4″ Havana Gold rail cap. Railing cap boards provide an elevated finish, and a convenient spot to rest plants, beverages, or hands and elbows as homeowners watch children or pets play in the yard. 

To close out the project, a new stairway with a matching railing replaces the old set of steps, eliminating the landing.