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Wood-Alternative Composite Decking
Composite decking was the original wood-alternative choice until PVC made its debut in the late 2000s. In its original form, composite deck boards were made up of a combination of plastic and wood fibers. They offered enhance durability and weather resistance relative to wood decking, but the exposed composite material did not always retain color, was subject to staining, and some rot over time. Today’s composite decking has been much improved and is a top choice when selecting decking material. It maintains a similar wood-plastic composite core, capped with a more durable casing. The casing protects the fiber composite, and makes the finished product appear very similar to a PVC deck board – both require minimal maintenance, retain color, and are weather resistant. Composite deck manufactures offer an excellent product with a durable, low maintenance finish that closely resembles real wood.
Manufacturers of both synthetic and composite decking have come a long way in the past decade to very closely mimic the look of wood with high quality, low-maintenance materials. Clients enjoy minimal maintenance and enhanced design/color options when choosing wood-alternative decking.
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PVC (polyvinylchloride), or synthetic plank decking, is an extremely durable and virtually maintenance free decking option made from a recyclable, plastic product. It contains no wood fibers, contributing to its low maintenance reputation, and generally has the widest variety of color options. Despite its plastic composition, many manufacturers have developed impressive products that closely mimic the look and texture of natural wood.
Composite and synthetic (PVC) decking materials are an ever-popular choice for new deck builds due to the many advantages they offer over a traditional wood deck. Wood-alternative decks are easy to maintain: they are easily cleaned and do not require regular painting or staining. Today’s composite and synthetic decks have rich color options and realistic grain finishes that deliver a natural look. And, unlike wood, these wood-alternative materials are rot resistant with a finish that does not splinter, allowing for a more durable and longer lasting product that maintains its color and beauty.
When installed correctly, wood-alternative decks last much longer than traditional pressure-treated decking. Most manufacturers offer a 25 year fade and stain warranty.