Composite and PVC decking choices in the Piedmont Triad

Azek deck with floating benches

AZEK deck with floating benches

Does your tired old deck need a facelift? Or maybe you are anticipating a new deck this season? No matter which is the case, deciding which decking material is the best fit for you can be a daunting task. Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past 10 years in giving homeowners many choices to use on their deck. From the different forms of synthetics and how they function to the multitude of colors that can be used. Our goal is to make choosing a new deck an enjoyable experience. Today’s deck can be beautiful, strong, and nearly maintenance free by using certain synthetic products. Today we are going to compare composite decking against PVC decking. Arming you with the knowledge to know how each product functions will enable you to make a more uniformed decision going into your new deck, or deck refinishing project.

Composite deck with custom rail

Composite deck with custom rail

Composite decking

Composite is the original synthetic decking material. It was the first to be introduced onto the market. Composite decking such as TimberTech, Trex and others are made up of a combination of wood fibers and resin. Composites have advanced over the years but still contain wood fibers which causes them to be porous. The presence of wood fibers can lead to less endurance and strength over the course of time. Composite decks are still lower maintenance than a pressure-treated decks and do not require painting or staining. They resist warping  and mildew and are impervious to insects. They also come in a host of colors that continue to look new longer than a wooden deck . Composites come in many quality brands such as TimberTech’s Reliaboard mimic the look of real wood.  Certain substances such as wine, oil and grease, which are generally present if you are grilling out on your deck or entertaining, can stain the decking so they should be cleaned quickly just as you would do inside your house. Another factor is wearing in high traffic areas over time. Traditional composites do require maintenance and each specific product line has its own recommendations for keeping your deck in tip-top shape. Your lifestyle and the particular composite you are considering should come into play when making the decision to use traditional wood-plastic composites.

AZEK_Kona_Terra_collection_Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

Kona Terra color collection from AZEK

PVC decking

PVC decking, also referred to as cellular PVC is made from Poly Vinyl Chloride and environmentally friendly fillers such as processed flax-seed or rice husks that produces a light yet strong solid decking material that resists stains and scratches better than composites. The first PVC decking was introduced by Procell which is now part of AZEK. Many of the quality composite manufacturers also produce a cellular board, but AZEK was the first and in our option, still the best. PVC decking is stain, fade, scratch, and split resistant. It also resists mold and mildew and insect and fungal damage. Since there is no wood present in the product’s makeup, there is less maintenance and little worry of damage caused by the same factors as would it’s wood-composite counterparts. AZEK in particular has a huge selection of colors that include a line of trim, and railing to compliment your deck. The Acacia  and Kona Terra colors are quite popular.

AZEK_acacia_Archadeck_of_the Piedmont Triad

The Acacia color collection from AZEK

To learn more about which decking choice would work best for you, contact us. We can schedule a free consultation and present you with our many  quality decking options. Call for a free consultation: (336) 664 – 1332 piedmonttriad@archadeck.net

See more inspiring images of the beautiful PVC and composite projects we have completed for many happy customers by visiting out composite and PVC deck gallery located on our website.

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