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PVC vs Composite Decking: Recommendations for Your House

Want to know the difference between PVC vs composite decking materials? Read this article! We cover all the differences for you.

Choosing the right decking material is crucial not only for the longevity and aesthetics of your outdoor space but also for the practicality of your investment.

At Lumber Plus, we offer both PVC and composite decking materials, each tailored to different environments and needs. 

In this guide, we explore the differences between PVC vs composite decking and discuss the unique benefits and use cases of both options.

PVC vs. Composite Decking Materials

Composite decking on a back patio entertaining area

Before choosing between PVC decking and composite decking, you must first understand each material’s basics. Here’s what you should know:

PVC Decking

PVC decking is known for being durable and easy to maintain:

  • It’s made from 100% recycled plastic which makes it a good choice for the environment.
  • It performs well against moisture, insects, and bad weather due to its lightweight design, which also makes it easy to install and saves on labor costs.
  • It’s perfect for moist areas or places that need a sturdy, easy-to-maintain surface, such as pool deck surfaces.

PVC decking is available in lots of colors and textures, from bright to subdued, so it can fit various design needs. However, it doesn’t look as natural as wood or composite decking.

Composite Decking

Composite decking combines wood fibers with recycled plastics for a natural look that’s better than PVC:

  • It looks a lot like real wood, thanks to various colors and textures that capture the finer details of wood.
  • This material is strong and holds up well against fading, stains, and everyday wear and tear.
  • It’s easy to maintain; a simple cleaning routine is all it takes to keep it looking fresh.

Composite decking is a great option for homeowners who want their outdoor spaces to look good for years to come. Its realistic textures and natural colors are perfect for achieving a classic, elegant look in areas like front porches or backyard entertainment spots.

Installation and Maintenance

PVC decking is a lightweight and easy-to-clean option, while composite decking installation can be a little more complex, especially for designs that require hidden fasteners. However, composite decking offers a high-quality finish and requires close to zero maintenance, with occasional cleaning required over time.

Overview of Lumber Plus Decking Options

Now that you understand the basic differences of PVC vs composite decking, let’s explore the PVC and composite offerings at Lumber Plus:

PVC Decking

Multiple wooden decks on back patio with patio furniture

Lumber Plus offers high-quality, durable PVC decking that caters to diverse preferences and practical requirements:

Durability and Maintenance

PVC decks are engineered for longevity by featuring a uniform cell structure and a hardcover cap that makes them resistant to rot, mold, splintering, and termites. They require minimal maintenance and only need occasional cleaning with mild soap and water.

Featured Collections

  • Wolf® PVC Decking: Wolf® PVC Decking is known for its vivid, rich colors like Amberwood, Black Walnut, and Driftwood Grey. This collection offers a natural wood texture and low maintenance.
  • Fiberon®: Fiberon® is an eco-friendly composite wood that is known for its durability and flexible texture and color options.
  • Tiva: Tiva® is designed to create premium outdoor spaces and provide a variety of beautiful, natural-looking PVC options.
  • Barcelona Collection by Norx®The Barcelona Collection by Norx® features dual-sided boards with advanced UV protection and high-quality grain. It is particularly suited for areas that require slip resistance and safety, which makes it ideal for family homes and poolside environments.

Composite Decking

Light gray decking next to a house’s small square pool.
Light gray decking next to a house’s small square pool.

Composite decking from Lumber Plus combines the aesthetic appeal of wood with enhanced durability:

Durability and Maintenance

Composite decks are designed to last 25-30 years and withstand harsh weather conditions with minimal maintenance. They feature systems like hidden fasteners that simplify installation and improve aesthetics.®

Featured Collections:

  • Trex® Decking: Offers a variety of colors such as Pebble Grey and Winchester Grey. Known for its strength, it comes with a 25-year warranty.
  • Norx® Rio Collection: Known for its GroundGuard™ technology and antimicrobial properties, available in exotic colors like Corcovado and Ipanema, with a 30-year warranty.
  • TimberTech®: Blending high-quality with low maintenance, TimberTech® is composite decking material with industry-leading warranties.
  • Fiberon® Decking: Notable for the Good Life series, available in colors like Beach House and Bungalow, with a 30-year warranty.

Environmental Considerations

Both decking materials reflect a commitment to environmental sustainability. PVC decking is made from recycled materials and is fully recyclable to reduce its ecological footprint. 

Composite decking that consists of recycled polymers and reclaimed plant fibers also supports environmental conservation through the use of sustainable materials.

Trust Lumber Plus for Superior PVC and Composite Decking Options

A brown PVC deck in a backyard with outdoor dining area and tv.

At Lumber Plus, we understand the importance of choosing the right decking material for your project, and we are dedicated to providing products that meet and exceed expectations.

If you want to learn more about our product, contact us today!

Contact us today for more information!



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