The Alternative to Wood: Composite Wood Decking
If you haven't had to build or replace a deck in the past 20 years, you'll be amazed at the number of maintenance-free decking options that exist today. For some, nothing will ever beat the natural look and feel of wood decking. However, 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 wood decking might be the choice for you.
What Is Composite Decking?
Composite decking (vs wood) 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 PVC decking boards and composite both contain plastics, PVC decking does not contain any wood products. It is composed mainly of 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
Woodland Deck builders are skilled in the design and installation of the three biggest names in maintenance-free decking: AZEK, TimberTech, and Trex composite decking materials.Read our blog series comparing the top three brands:
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 composite decking material available.
- TimberTech Decks - Made of plastic and wood fibers 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 - 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 composite decking is known as having the most durable deck board on the market.
Ultimately, your choice of composite decking vs wood 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 want maintenance-free decking, then PVC decking boards or composite wood decking might be the right choice for you.