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Trex Company Incorporated Aluminum Railings and Steel Decking
SECTION 05 73 00
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          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Trex Company Incorporated; composite decking products.
This section is based on the products of Trex Company Incorporated, which is located at:
160 Exeter Dr.
Winchester, VA 22603-8605
Toll Free Tel: 800-BUY-TREX
Tel: 540-542-6300
Fax: 540-542-6890
[ Click Here ] for additional information.
Since 1996 Trex has invented, defined and perfected the composite deck category, becoming the world's largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking products. Never content to settle, we continue to make strides in outdoor engineering, melding innovation with environmental responsibility and beautiful form with powerful function.
Formed in 1996 through the buyout of a division of Mobil Corporation, our company went public in 1999. Today we offer the industry's widest array of high-performance composite products, which are available in more than 42 countries around the world. With the largest market share of composite decking in North America, a growing international footprint and more than $740,000,000 in annual sales, we lead the industry on a global scale.
          PART 1GENERAL
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete items below not required for project.
          A.Aluminum railings including the following:
          1.Aluminum railing components.
          2.Deck railings.
          4.Underdrainage system.
          5.Moisture barrier.
          6.Outdoor lighting.
          A.Section 03 30 00 - Cast-in-Place Concrete.
          B.Section 05 50 00 - Metal Fabrications.
          C.Section 05 52 23 - Aluminum Railings*.
          D.Section 06 10 00 - Rough Carpentry.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Include location of decking materials and railing materials. Sections listed below are suggested locations for Trex composite decking and railing systems.
          E.Section 06 73 00 - Composite Decking and Railing.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete references from the list below that are not actually required by the text of the edited section.
          A.National Green Building Standard (NGBS).
          A.Coordinate blocking and support requirements for railing posts.
          B.Coordinate bracing of support posts.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete Submittal Procedures paragraph when not required. Coordinate requirements with Division 01, Section 01300 - Submittal Procedures.
          A.Refer to Section 01 30 00 Submittal Procedures.
          B.Product Data: Submit manufacturer current technical literature for each type of product.
          C.Shop Drawings:
          1.Include details showing anchorage to primary structure, bracing of deck framing, required blocking, and bridging.
          D.NGBS Submittals:
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Verify ability to qualify for Practice 608.1 based on location of Trex "Elevations" manufacturing facility in relationship to Project Site.
          1.Practice 608 - Indigenous Materials
          a.Practice 608.1: Provide documentation indicating manufacturing location of indigenous materials that are extracted, processed, and manufactured within 500 miles of project site.
          2.Practice 1001 - Building Owners' Manual for One- and Two-Family Dwellings
          a.Practice 1001.1 (20): Provide documentation indicating how to maintain and care for material.
          E.Quality Assurance Submittals
          1.Manufacturer Instructions: Provide manufacturer's written instructions including proper material storage, material handling, installation sequence, and attachment methods.
          2.Test Report: Submit ICC ES Report: ER-4943P indicating properties of deck framing materials.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete selection samples if colors have already been selected.
          F.Selection Samples: For each finish product specified, two complete sets of color chips representing manufacturer's full range of available colors and patterns.
          G.Verification Samples: For each finish product specified, two samples, minimum size 6 inches (150 mm) square representing actual product, color, and patterns.
          A.Manufacturer Qualifications: Minimum 5 year experience manufacturing similar products.
          B.Installer Qualifications: Minimum 2 year experience installing similar products.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Include a mock-up if the project size and/or quality warrant taking such a precaution. The following is one example of how a mock-up on a large project might be specified. When deciding on the extent of the mock-up, consider all the major different types of work on the project.
          C.Mock-Up: Provide a mock-up for evaluation of surface preparation techniques and application workmanship.
          1.Finish areas designated by Architect.
          2.Do not proceed with remaining work until workmanship is approved by Architect.
          3.Refinish mock-up area as required to produce acceptable work.
          A.Convene minimum two weeks prior to starting work of this section.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete Product Requirement paragraph when not required. Coordinate requirements with Division 01, Section 01 60 00 - Product Requirements.
          A.Refer to Section 01 60 00 Product Requirements.
          B.Deliver framing materials and components in manufacturer's original, unopened, undamaged packaging with identification labels intact.
          C.Store materials on dry, level, firm, and clean surface. Elevate material at one end to allow moisture run-off, cover and ventilate to allow air to circulate and moisture to escape.
          D.Handling: Handle materials to avoid damage.
          A.Maintain environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, and ventilation) within limits recommended by manufacturer for optimum results. Do not install products under environmental conditions outside manufacturer's recommended limits.
          A.Ensure that products of this section are supplied to affected trades in time to prevent interruption of construction progress.
          A.Limited Warranty:
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Warranty period for residential applications are 25 years; commercial applications are 10 years. Residential applications are defined by the manufacturer as individual residences, commercial applications are defined as any application other than on an individual residence.
          1.Warranty Period: 10 years.
          2.Warranty Period: 25 years.
          PART 2PRODUCTS
          A.Acceptable Manufacturer: Trex Company Incorporated, which is located at: 160 Exeter Dr.; Winchester, VA 22603-8605; ASD Toll Free Tel: 800-BUY-TREX; Tel: 540-542-6300; Fax: 540-542-6890; Email:; Web:
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete one of the following two paragraphs; coordinate with requirements of Division 1 section on product options and substitutions.
          B.Substitutions: Not permitted.
          C.Requests for substitutions will be considered in accordance with provisions of Section 01 60 00.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete if not required.
          2.2DECK RAILING
          A.Aluminum Deck Railing:
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Durable and design-minded, our powder-coated aluminum railing suits traditional and modern homeowners alike. Available in a selection of elegant neutrals and backed with the stability only aluminum railing offers, along with Trex's 25-year limited warranty. Choose from round or square balusters for classic appeal. Got a great view? Consider curving your rails to mimic the sweeps of garden below, or preserve your advantage point with sleek and spare rod rail. And entertainers, take note: wide, beverage-ready cocktail railing may just be the ideal choice for you. Delete if not required.
          1.Product: Trex Signature Railing as manufactured by Trex Railing and Decking.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** No special installation tools or tightening required; a quick and easy alternative to cables. Can be topped with a cocktail rail for added functionality. Delete if not required.
          2.Product: Rod Rail as manufactured by Trex Railing and Decking.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Curvable hand railing and swivel brackets unite oppositional angles. Custom order now, enjoy complete freedom of design later. Delete if not required.
          3.Product: Curved Rail as manufactured by Trex Railing and Decking.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** The perfect resting spot for planters, drinks and more. Choose your preferred color of Trex decking to match or contrast your deck treads. Delete if not required.
          4.Product: Cocktail Rail as manufactured by Trex Railing and Decking.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** The Trex ADA-Compliant Handrail system is designed to seamlessly blend with all Trex railing options, offering an extra level of safety, strength and accessibility for any deck design. Available in three colors - Charcoal Black, Bronze and Classic White - this heavy-duty aluminum system features a full complement of components to accommodate easy installation. Made with a durable powder-coated finish that meets AAMA-2604 test requirements, our components resist fading, chipping and corrosion. Wall mounts and wall returns include fasteners for both wood post and aluminum post installations. Aluminum collars hide railing seams for a smooth transition between components, and aluminum cap ends conceal open rail ends.
          5.Product: ADA-Compliant Handrail as manufactured by Trex Railing and Decking.
          6.Finish: Durable powder coating, color as selected.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Trex post sleeves, post sleeve caps and post sleeve skirts are the hub of all our railing lines and are available in our seven Transcend railing colors. Meaning you can pair these universal components with components from every other Trex railing line for countless ways to achieve your unique vision. All high-performance. All low maintenance. Any which way you like. Delete if not required.
          B.Aluminum Railing Post Components:
          1.Products: Standard posts, Post Mounts or Joist Mount posts, post caps, post skirts.
          2.Finish: Durable powder coating, color as selected.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Our new stylish aluminum gates offer an extra level of safety, strength and accessibility for any deck design. They are designed to blend seamlessly with all Trex railing options. Offering the versatility and performance benefits of Trex railing, our new aluminum gates possess exceptional strength and can be customized to fit nearly any opening up to 48 inches wide. The welded panels with slide-on posts make installation fast and flexible. We also offer high-quality adjustable hinges with a premium locking latch. Trex aluminum gates are available in three colors - Charcoal Black, Bronze and Classic White - with a choice of square or round balusters. The heavy-duty coating allows the aluminum to retain color and resist corrosion, while washing clean easily with soap and water. Our gates contain a minimum of 40 percent recycled aluminum, which also is a 100% recyclable and renewable resource. Delete if not required.
          C.Aluminum Gates:
          1.Product: Welded panel aluminum gates.
          2.Finish: Durable powder coating, color as selected.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** When it comes to building stairs for your deck, sometimes it's best to stray from the straight and narrow. Whether confronted with tight quarters or conflicting styles, you may require stairs that are a little less conventional. That's why we're introducing the next step in elevated living: the spatially efficient and customizable Trex® Spiral Stairs™ system.

Engineered with the same combination of durability and ease that makes us the world's #1 decking brand, Trex Spiral Stairs offer all of the space-saving advantages of traditional spiral staircases with Trex signature style, strength and simplicity. And with a range of design options like two material choices and custom, high-performance composite treads the Trex Spiral Stairs system is the ultimate staircase alternative. Space Saving and Stylish; Aluminum Powder-Coated or Galvanized Options; Treads available in All Trex Transcend Colors; Optional Trex Boards and Trex Lighting; Easy to Install; 25-year Limited Warranty. Delete if not required.
          1.Product: Spiral Stairs system as manufactured by Trex Railing and Decking.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Trex RainEscape is a unique under-deck drainage systems network of troughs and gutters keeps rain, spills and snow melt from dripping through elevated deck boards, creating a dry patio area on the ground level below. It can even be installed on an existing deck by removing the flooring before installation. Once the Trex RainEscape deck drainage system is installed, utilities can be added then covered with the soffit or ceiling of your choice.Delete if not required.
          A.Under-Deck Drainage System:
          1.Product: Trex RainEscape as manufactured by Trex Railing and Decking.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** In our survey of deck builders, we learned that 98 percent of 8-10 year-old decks have splitting, rotting and decay. For the $8,000 to $10,000 price of the average deck, wouldn't it be wise to spend a few extra dollars to protect the life of your deck? Trex Protect acts as a moisture barrier between wood and galvanized metal, helping screws hold longer and stronger so you get the full life out of your deck.Delete if not required.
          B.Moisture Barrier:
          1.Product; Trex Protect Tape as manufactured by Trex Railing and Decking.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete if not required.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Get the right mood right under the moonlight with our sophisticated deck lights. Easy to build into a new or existing deck, Trex Deck Lighting is even easier to set up with the Trex LightHub connection system. To take the look up another notch, try the optional timer and dimmer for total lighting control. Whether safely illuminating your stairways with LED step lights or proudly highlighting the perimeter of your domain with deck post lighting, our lights offers a long-lasting glow that never fails to match the beauty of a Trex deck.Delete if not required.
          A.Product: Trex Outdoor Lighting as manufactured by Trex Railing and Decking.
          A.Do not begin installation until substrates have been properly prepared.
          B.If substrate preparation is the responsibility of another installer, notify Architect of unsatisfactory preparation before proceeding.
          A.Clean surfaces thoroughly prior to installation.
          B.Prepare surfaces using the methods recommended by the manufacturer for achieving the best result for the substrate under the project conditions.
          A.Install in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and approved submittals. Install in proper relationship with adjacent construction.
          A.Remove scrap material from site and legally dispose of offsite.
Trex Company, Inc. Guide Specifications have been written as an aid to the professionally qualified Specifier and Design Professional. The use of this Guideline Specification requires the sole professional judgment and expertise of the qualified Specifier and Design Professional to adapt the information to the specific needs for the Building Owner and the Project, to coordinate with their Construction Document Process, and to meet all the applicable building codes, regulations and laws.