“The growth of mold on first-generation composite decks is not exclusive to Trex and is not due to any defect in the material. Rather, these issues are the result of environmental conditions that affect all outdoor surfaces. Trex fully discloses that Trex boards, like any exterior surface, require periodic cleaning, and mold growth may occur if the necessary environmental conditions are present. We also include instructions on how to clean mold both on our website and in collateral materials. In addition, we clearly communicate to consumers that the original wood-plastic composite product, similar to real wood, develops a naturally weathered look over time and to expect color variation between boards.“Although this information is and has been readily provided and available, for a very small percentage of our consumers, their expectations for our first-generation composite products may not have been fully met due to mold problems and/or color fading or color variation. This settlement will provide certain relief to eligible consumers who have not been fully satisfied. “Similar class action lawsuits have been brought against a number of Trex’s competitors, and one company has previously settled such a case. “For consumers who want decking that offers higher performance and less maintenance than the first-generation composite products, we developed and introduced Trex Transcend ® in 2010. This revolutionary product has a proprietary shell that provides superior fade, stain, scratch and mold resistance. We even provide a warranty against food and mold staining, and color fading. More recently, we introduced two additional high-performance shelled decking collections, Trex Enhance® and Trex Select®. “These new products now can be found in many backyards and are being enjoyed by consumers across the nation,” added Kaplan. “By the end of 2013, high-performance shelled decking, such as Transcend, Enhance and Select will be all that Trex makes.”
About Trex CompanyTrex Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with more than 20 years of product experience. Stocked in more than 6,000 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com . You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company) or Pinterest (trexcompany), “like” Trex on Facebook, or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo.).