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Mineral-Based Composite Decking vs. Traditional Trex Decking

12.09.23 06:32 PM By Summer

What's the Best Choice for Your Colorado Home?

When it comes to creating the perfect outdoor living space in Colorado, choosing the right decking material is crucial. Freedom Contractors specializes in custom deck, patio, and exterior projects that elevate your outdoor experience. Today, we're diving into a comparison between two popular decking options: Mineral-Based Composite Decking and Traditional Trex Decking, known for its wood-plastic composition.

What is Traditional Trex Decking?

Trex decking has been a staple in the decking world for years. Made from a blend of recycled wood fibers and plastic, it offers durability along with the aesthetic of natural wood.

Trex Decking


  1. Durability: It's designed to resist fading, staining, and scratching.
  2. Low Maintenance: No need for annual staining or sealing.
  3. Eco-Friendly: Made from up to 95% recycled materials.


  1. Heat Retention: Can get hot in direct sunlight.
  2. Cost: Generally more expensive upfront compared to natural wood.
  3. Limited Aesthetic Appeal: Wood-like, but doesn’t quite replicate the natural intricacies of timber.

What is Mineral-Based Composite Decking?

Mineral-based composite decking is relatively new to the market but has gained attention for its distinct features. It typically consists of a blend of polypropylene and calcium carbonate, along with other proprietary ingredients that make it unique.

Mineral-Based Composite Decking by Deckorators and Freedom Contractors


  1. Cooler Surface: Less heat retention compared to wood-plastic composites.
  2. Realistic Texture: Closer mimics the look and feel of natural stone or wood.
  3. Resistance: Highly resistant to stains, scratches, and moisture.


  1. Cost: Often more expensive than both wood and traditional composites.
  2. Limited Track Record: Being newer, it doesn't have the same long-term proven performance.
  3. Weight: Typically heavier than wood-plastic composite options.

Side-by-Side Comparison

FeatureMineral-Based Composite DeckingTraditional Trex Decking
Heat RetentionLowerHigher
Aesthetic AppealHighModerate


The right decking material for your Colorado home will depend on various factors such as your budget, aesthetic preferences, and the specific challenges posed by your local climate. Both mineral-based composite and traditional Trex decking offer unique advantages and disadvantages.

Freedom Contractors is here to guide you through these choices and deliver the custom deck that perfectly suits your needs. Contact us today to get started on your dream outdoor project!