Libby Smoot, September 04, 2014

A First-Hand Look at a Successful DIY Deck Project

After years of maintaining, power-washing and staining his pressure-treated wooden deck, North Carolina homeowner Jeff Smith finally reached his limit – and with that, reached for a pry bar. Over the course of four days, Jeff, along with his wife and father-in-law, replaced their rotted wooden deck boards with high-performance Trex Transcend decking. While building a new deck is certainly a major undertaking, these Weekend Warriors are proof that with preparation, cooperation and a little bit of elbow grease, building your own DIY deck can be easier than you think!

Jeff Smith found Trex decking easy to work with when he built his own outdoor space.
“I was expecting this to be a lot worse than it was,” Jeff noted. “It’s not often you get to spend that kind of quality time with family and building cool stuff.”

On his blog “That Jeff Smith,” Smith details the entire process of building a Trex deck from start to finish. He encourages other handy homeowners to follow in his footsteps, and offers his first-hand advice to make the installation process easier.

In less than a week, Jeff and his family transformed a backyard eyesore into a beautiful deck that will provide years of high-performance, durability and enjoyment. If you’ve been thinking of replacing or building your own Trex deck, just imagine – you could potentially turn your dreams into reality with just one long weekend.

Of course, if your idea of being “handy” is on par with changing a light bulb – there’s no need to fret! The locator tool at the top of makes it easy to find a qualified Trex Pro, who can help bring your outdoor living aspirations to life.

Great job, Smith family! We hope you enjoy the fruits of your labor for many years to come!

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