PVC or Composite Decking

Should You Choose Composite or PVC Decking?

PVC and composite decking are popular alternatives to wood. They are easy to install and durable. Both are scratch-resistant and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each material.

PVC Decking

PVC decking is made from polyvinyl chloride, which is the same material as some pipes in your home. It is 100% plastic. PVC decking can be made to look like real wood, only it comes at an affordable price. Here are some of the advantages of PVC decking.

• Resistant to mold and insect infestations
• Low Maintenance
• Easy to clean with pressure washer
• Long-lasting
• Affordable
• Lighter weight than composite decking
• 100% can be recycled

Composite Decking

Composite decking differs from PVC in that it contains a wood core encased in PVC on the outside. Many people prefer composite deck to PVC because it more closely resembles natural wood. Because it contains wood, it is susceptible to staining or mold if the outer surface becomes scratched deeply or gouged. Here are some of the reasons why composite decking is a popular choice.

• Excellent durability and wear properties

• Requires little upkeep and maintenance
• No splinters like wood
• Will last many years when properly maintained
• No need to paint or seal it
• Comes in many colors and styles that mimic natural wood

As you can see, both composite decking and PVC decking have many advantages over wood. They are resistant to mold, mildew, and stains. They are also longer lasting than natural wood material. You can choose from capped and uncapped boards. With a capped board, the ends are coated with PVC. This means that moisture cannot get inside and damage the interior wood.

When it comes to a choice between composite decking material and PVC, several things need to be considered. What you plan to use your deck for will determine the best type of decking material. For instance, if you want to install planter boxes, PVC might be best because composite could become damaged and rot. The climate and weather conditions are also a consideration. The architectural style of the home also plays a role in which one is best. Your deck professionals at Royal Deck can help you choose the right option for you.

Royal Deck is a family-owned business with over 10 years of experience building custom decks for homeowners in the Naperville and Chicagoland area. We can build your pavilions, pergolas, gazebos, deck, or sun room. The professionals at Royal Deck can help you design a deck that you will enjoy for many years to come. Our team can help you decide which material is best for your climate and home. Contact us and one of our professionals will discuss your needs with you and get the job done.