"Composite Decking" is a material that is made from several different substances so that would make that composite decking. In other words we can say that Composite Decking is a combination of plastic and wood fiber. Nowadays (2008 – present day) premium decking brands produce Composite decking with added protective non-wood polymer cap. This technology was developed to eliminate issues that standard composite decks had. Capped composite decks branded as having enhanced scratch, stain and fade resistant qualities. Most premium brands have discontinued Standard Composite Decking production and they manufacture only Capped Composite decking.
PVC Decking answers the desire for low maintenance decking but unlike Composite Decking it does not contain wood fiber. In other words there is no organic content in PVC decking. This type of decking offer the broadest color assortment and natural wood grains look. Premium decking brands have spent lots of money to develop products that resemble the look of natural wood fiber. PVC decking like composite decking have enhanced scratch, stain and fade resistant qualities. Both Composite and PVC decks do not splinter.
The primary benefits of Composite Decking and PVC Decking materials and the ability to produce a surface look that closely emulates real wood with superior quality and manufacturers’ 25 to 30 years warranty makes these products highly popular among homeowners and businesses.
Why chose Composite decking and not pressure treated decking?
Cost of Composite Decking initially may be 30-50% more than Cost of pressure treated decking. If you don’t care how your deck will look like, then do it from pressure treated wood and do not do anything else, but if you want that deck to look nice and most people do, then you are going to do some sort of painting or staining. If you add the cost of that maintenance to the cost of initial cost of pressure treated deck, then within 5 years that pressure treated deck will cost more that composite deck. So even in short run you will see price advantage. This means that in 7 to 10 years you really make money. Here just a reminder that most premium Composite and PVC decking brands have 25-30 years manufacturers’ warranty.
What are the other pros of Composite and PVC decking vs Pressure treated decking except cost?