Over the past decade or so, the decking industry has changed dramatically in terms of the design and manufacture of decking materials. Alternatives to wood decks have been introduced that last longer and offer many other benefits. Composite deck boards and PVC decks both last longer than wood decks, but they are more expensive and have different features.
Which deck trim is best for you will depend on your style, price, the size of your deck, and how you plan to use it. This article will provide an in-depth look at the differences between PVC decking and composite decking boards. This includes how their properties differ, what the benefits are to you, and where you can find samples.
What Is Composite Decking?
Wood fibers and recycled plastics are mixed together to make composite decking, which is made from 50% recycled wood fibers, 38% recycled plastics, adhesives, and other materials. Decking made this way requires little maintenance, won’t slip, and looks like natural wood. This decking requires no painting, varnishing, or sanding, making it a great low-maintenance option.
You can purchase solid or hollow composite decking from COOWIN. Hollow composite decking boards have a honeycomb structure with five holes for better air circulation. Solid composite decking is more robust and of course heavier.
COOWIN also offers capped composite decking, which is a composite decking with a polymer shell that is more resistant to water, corrosion, and fading.
Pros and cons of Composite Deck Boards
Pros of Composite Decking
- There are many different colors for you to choose from. You can choose a deck color that matches or contrasts with your house. Composite decking can be one color or have different colored “picture frames” around the edges.
- Hollow or solid composite decking. hollow composite decking has better air circulation and does not allow moisture to accumulate under the deck. Solid composite decking is more sturdy and best suited for high-traffic areas.
- Low Maintenance. Due to the nature of the material used to make composite decking, it requires no sanding, staining, or painting.
- Non-slip. composite decking often has a wood grain surface, which is non-slip and increases grip when people walk on it.
- UV resistant. This means that the color of the decking will not fade due to prolonged exposure to sunlight.
- Durable. Composite wood decking lasts longer than natural wood decking because they are made with better materials and technology.
- Insect resistant. Due to the nature of the composite decking material and its more compact and thicker structure, insects are unable to burrow into it.
- Environmentally friendly. These decking boards are good for the environment as promoting and using composite decking reduces plastic waste in your life.
Cons of Composite Decking
- This decking material is not made of 100% natural wood and it may look a bit fake compared to real wood.
- Composite wood decking is more expensive than wood decking because it lasts longer and is more versatile.
- Composite decking materials are a bit heavier compared to wood, which may pose problems in terms of transportation.
What Is PVC Decking?
PVC decking is made entirely of man-made plastic. While PVC decking is designed and manufactured to mimic natural wood, it has a more pronounced plastic texture. Like composite decking materials, it requires little maintenance and is fade and slip-resistant.
The material used to manufacture PVC decking is polyvinyl chloride. It is robust and has a long service life. Combining this well-known material with an ASA (acrylic-styrene-acrylonitrile) core makes one of the toughest deck boards on the market. Different qualities of PVC decking have different textures, with high-quality PVC trim boards more like real wood.
Pros and cons of PVC Decking
Pros of PVC Decking
- Has a high-end look and feel.
- Available in a wide range of colors. Can be designed to match or contrast with your house. PVC decorative decking can be one color or have different colored “picture frames” around the edges.
- Sturdy and durable.PVC decking can carry large objects such as hot tubs, statues, and water features.
- Easy to maintain. PVC decorative decking requires no sanding, painting, or staining.
- Scratch Resistant. Because the PVC material is hard on the outside, it has excellent scratch-resistant properties.
- Non-slip surface. The decking surface has a wood grain that provides excellent grip.
- Longer life. High-quality PVC decking lasts longer than composite decking because it is made entirely of plastic material.
- UV resistance. PVC decking is more resistant to UV rays, so colors will not fade.
- Insect resistant. 100% PVC decking made of plastic.
Cons of PVC Decking
- PVC decking is 100% man-made, which is not good for the environment.
- PVC deck boards are more expensive than composite decking.
Which Is Better, Composite Decking or PVC Decking?
“Which is better for your needs?” This question may be more appropriate for you. How you intend to use your deck, the look you want, how long you want to spend on the deck, and your budget are all factors in determining the deck material.
Both PVC decking and composite decking have many of the same benefits, such as easy cleaning and maintenance, non-slip surfaces, and no insects. Compared to traditional wood decking, both decking materials allow you to better enjoy your outdoor deck without having to go through regular maintenance and upkeep.
But if your deck is going to be used by a lot of people and carry large items, PVC decking is a better choice because it’s stronger and lasts longer.
If you need to build a deck on a waterfront site, a PVC deck made entirely of plastic is more suitable. This is because the waterproofing properties are superior to composite decking.
If you have high demands on the appearance of your deck, then composite decking boards may be more suitable for you. This is because the composite decking material contains about 40% wood fibers, so it looks like wood compared to PVC decking. If you want your outdoor deck to have the look of solid wood. Then composite decking material is your first choice.
Lastly, there is the budget aspect. To build the same area size of deck, PVC decking is more expensive than composite decking. therefore, your budget is also an important factor in choosing the decking material.