Composite Wood Decking and Other Wood Deck Alternatives
If you haven't had to build or replace a deck in the past 20 years, you'll be amazed at the number of decking options that exist today. For some, nothing will ever beat the natural look and feel of wood decking. Composite decking vs wood? Wood grays over time and requires yearly maintenance to keep it looking and feeling its best. If you're looking for durability without the need for regular sanding, staining, and sealing, composite or PVC decking might be the choice for you.
What is Composite Decking?
Composite decking boards are an alternative to wood that is resistant to rot, doesn’t warp, and doesn’t need to be painted, stained, or sealed. It’s made from a combination of materials – typically plastics and wood fibers – which are compressed to provide the appearance and feel of natural wood. Composite decking material comes in a wide variety of colors and textures, so it’s easy to find one that perfectly complements your outdoor space.
What is PVC Decking Material?
While composite and PVC decking both contain plastics, PVC decking does not contain any wood products. It is composed of a mainly - polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is most commonly known as vinyl, as in vinyl siding. PVC decking is resistant to cracking, peeling, and wear, making it an excellent, low-maintenance choice.
AZEK Composite Decking vs TimberTech Composite Decking vs Trex Composite Decking
AZEK Composite Decking, TimberTech, and Trex are the three biggest names in low-maintenance decking and Woodland Deck deck builders are skilled in the design and installation of each.
Read our article on TimberTech Composite Decking vs Trex Composite Decking
Here's a quick comparison:
- AZEK Decks - AZEK decking is the pioneer in capped polymer PVC decking. Because it's made of 100% plastic, it's the lightest decking material available.
- TimberTech Decks - Made of plastic and wood fibers and coated with a composite cap, TimberTech is one of the leading composite decking products available. In 2013 TimberTech was acquired by AZEK, so products from both companies are now synonymous with high quality and innovation and both feature the same outstanding warranties.
- Trex Decks - Trex decking is the most eco-friendly of the composite decking materials available. It's comprised of 95% recycled products, including reclaimed wood, sawdust, and plastics from grocery bags and plastic wrappers. Trex also offers a wide selection of colors and styles, along with the same low-maintenance guarantee. Trex decking is known as having the most durable deck board on the market.
Ultimately, your choice of decking materials for your custom deck construction will come down to your personal tastes, your budget and how much time you want to spend maintaining your deck. If you value maintenance-free living, PVC or composite decking might be the right choice for you.