TrexPro Platinum builders are the leading experts in Trex products. Because of their ability and expertise to design and build outdoor spaces ranging from simple to complex, they have achieved the highest level of recognition from Trex. Currently, there are 180 TrexPro Platinum builders across the U.S. and Canada. In the coming months, we'll hear from a few of them to find out what's trending in outdoor living in their neck of the woods.

This month, meet Joe Yabra, owner of Gabi’s Decks of Rockland County, NY.

How many years have you been in the decking business?
In the construction business since 2004; solely decking since 2011

How many years have you been using Trex decking products?
6 years

Estimate the number of decks you’ve built in your lifetime.

Most used/most requested Trex color?
Island Mist & Havana Gold

Why do your customers choose Trex?
Most of my customers think Trex is compatible with composite. They trust me. They don’t ever question (his suggestion).

What do you tell customers who are torn between wood and composite?
I tell them it’s like a furniture piece; it has a very good warranty. It is maintenance free; it’s splinter free. I explain it’s good for kids to walk on.

Most popular deck shape?
I try to do everything custom. I try never to do a rectangle or the same shape over and over.

Generally speaking, what are East Coasters looking for when it comes to an outdoor living area?
Pergolas. It gives decks a nice look.

Your philosophy: railing or no railing?
90% of our builds have railing.

Finish the following: Kryptonite is to Superman as Trex is to

Describe Trex decking in five words or less.
 “Piece of mind for the future!” (6 words)