Are you looking for information about composite decking materials to make the right choice for your deck project?
The popular decking material brand, Trex, has released its newest line of innovative wood-alternative composite deck boards, Transcend Lineage.
Since 2006, Custom Built has been a proud Trex Pro Platinum deck builder. We are experts at designing and building decks with Trex products and can provide you with experience-rich information so you can make the right choice for your project.
The product information for Transcend Lineage was provided by Jeff Ruddick, an Account Manager at Trex with nearly 20 years of experience selling their composite decking products.
In this review, you will become familiar with Trex’s unique features, color options, and deck board profiles. You’ll learn what Trex costs and what its pros and cons are. As well, you’ll be able to compare Trex Transcend Lineage with other Trex decking products and decide which is right for you.
1. Unique features of Trex Transcend Lineage
Trex Transcend Lineage offers the latest decking material features on the market. These include:
Clean aesthetics. Wood grain patterns and streaking on the boards are more subtle than other composite deck boards.
Cool under the sun. Transcend Lineage is designed with heat mitigation materials within the composite boards. While still feeling warm under the hot sun, it will feel cooler compared to other composite deck boards.
50-year limited residential fade and stain warranty. This warranty will gives you peace of mind knowing Trex will protect your outdoor living investment.
Durability. Designed with hardening materials inside the composite outer shell, these deck boards will stand the test of time while maintaining their structural integrity.
Ease of maintenance. Transcend Lineage deck boards are much easier to maintain and clean compared to traditional wood deck boards. From cleaning products to scrub brushes, here is an article showing how to clean a composite deck.
2. Cost/Price of Trex Transcend Lineage
Small-Sized Deck 12 ft x 12 ft (144 sq ft)
Medium-Sized Deck 15 ft x 20 ft (300 sq ft)
Large-Sized Deck 36 ft x 14 ft (500 sq ft)
Trex Transcend Lineage is the most expensive product line offered compared to the other Trex product lines.
Is Trex Transcend Lineage Worth the Extra Money?
If you want more subtle wood streaking and grain patterns, as well as a product that is noticeably cooler to the touch than comparable composite deck boards, Transcend Lineage is worth the extra money for you.
Transcend and Enhance cost less than Transcend Lineage and are available in a wider range of colors. If price is a major factor, or your desired color is only available in Transcend and Enhance, Transcend Lineage may not be worth the extra money.
3. Color Options of Trex Transcend Lineage
Trex Transcend Lineage decking is currently available in 4 colors, Rainer, Carmel, Biscayne, and Jasper.
An airy mountain grey, Rainier reflects snow-capped mountains with silver undertones and a subtle, clean simulated wood texture that is smooth to the touch.
A soft, creamy taupe, Carmel embodies the glow of white sands and cyprus-covered cliffs, with its toasty brown and grey undertones.
A light coastal brown, Biscayne reflects the beauty of natural light wood tones and sandy coasts, with its honey hues and smooth-to-the-touch grain pattern.
A deep shade of mocha, Jasper is reminiscent of old-growth forests and rocky mountainsides, with its rich umber hue and delicate streaking.
4. Deck Board Profile Options of Trex Transcend Lineage
Trex Transcend Lineage has two profile options available: square-edged and grooved. Board dimensions for each profile are 1” thick by 5 ½” wide.
Grooved deck boards have an indentation along the side of the deck board. The benefit of choosing this profile of deck board is that it enables the use of Trex’s hidden fasteners, which achieve the cleanest final product appearance.
Grooved boards are a great option for both professionals and DIYers because hidden fasteners also make installing the deck boards a breeze.
Hidden fasteners also make spacing the deck boards much easier. Pushing the next board into the screwed-in fastener automatically places it into the correct position.
Square-edged deck boards come from the manufacturer with the rectangular profile you expect from traditional wood deck boards. Square-edged Transcend Lineage deck boards are available in 16 ft and 20 ft.
To enhance the appearance of the finished product with square-edged boards, Trex offers plugs (composite caps that cover visible screws) to achieve a cleaner deck appearance.
5. Pros and Cons of Trex Transcend Lineage Composite Decking
Like any product on the market, Trex Transcend Lineage comes with its own list of pros and cons.
Pros of Trex Transcend Lineage
50-year limited residential fade & stain warranty
Easier cleaning solutions and maintenance than with wood decking
Noticeably cooler under the sun than other composite decking, including other Trex lines
Durable and resistant to mold and mildew, scratching, cracking, and splintering compared with real wood deck boards
Cons of Trex Transcend Lineage
Limited color availability
Grain pattern not as pronounced
Most expensive of Trex’s product lines
Cannot use pressure washers to clean your deck due to Trex's softer material
Color cannot be changed on composite deck boards as it can be with a stain on real wood boards
6. Trex Transcend Lineage vs Transcend vs Enhance
Trex Transcend Lineage is the latest composite decking product released by Trex. When compared to Transcend and Enhance, Transcend Lineage has much cleaner aesthetics and muted grain patterns than Transcend and Enhance.
Transcend Lineage currently has two color options available. Transcend and Enhance are available in a wider range of colors.
7. Is Trex Transcend Lineage right for you?
Transcend Lineage deck boards are a fantastic new innovation in composite decking material. It’s a great choice for homeowners who want a deck with clean aesthetics and a smooth feel as the grain pattern on Lineage is much more muted and subtle compared with other composite deck boards.
The heat mitigation technology of Transcend Lineage keeps it noticeably cooler on a hot summer day. If you plan on walking around barefoot, or if your deck does not have much shade, Lineage is a great choice that will enhance your experience for years to come.
The benefits of Transcend Lineage do come at a cost. As the highest-quality composite deck material Trex offers, it is also the most expensive.
Trex offers other product lines of composite decking materials that are less expensive than Transcend Lineage and have some of the same great features, including:
Versatile color options
25-year limited fade and stain warranty
Easy dirt and debris cleaning and maintenance requirements
Michael brings over 2 decades of building and remodeling experience to his position as the Owner and Visionary of Custom Built. Michael’s passion to make an impact on the home building industry has led him to serve for over ten years at the local and state Home Builders Association, culminating as President of the HBA of Michigan in 2020.