Composite decking vs Vinyl decking

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Composite Decking vs. Vinyl Decking

If you are considering a deck in your future, then you might as well also consider the different possible means of building it. Decking has already come a long way. Many alternative methods and materials are developed to make deck building more convenient and more importantly, improving the quality of outdoor living.

Depending on your personal preference, you can opt to use composite or vinyl boards to build your deck. Both options present different features, you just have to decide which one would work better for you. When deciding which decking material to go for, consider the overall quality, durability, and wear of your options. This will determine the satisfaction you will get from your deck in the long run.

There are different approaches to decking: composite decking and vinyl decking. Both are environmentally-sound methods of decking system. Composite decks use wood and recycled plastic during manufacturing of the deck boards, while vinyl decks are made entirely from plastic. Of these two, vinyl decking is said to be less problematic when it comes to mold and mildew growth issues.

Composite Decking

One of the leading manufacturers of synthetic decks is Trex. Trex products present composite decking as a suitable alternative to wood.

Over the years, there have been various lawsuits on different companies regarding the quality of their composite decks. Most complaints are concerned in the staining and fading of the material, which greatly affects the appearance and appeal of the deck. Trex has had there share of problems with deck fading.

If you wish to go with synthetic decking, make sure to thoroughly research the product, company, and warranty information. Composite decks boast of low-maintenance decking, but you would still have to pay close attention to your deck boards as they will not stay in excellent condition without the proper maintenance. Most composite decks require pressure washing with the use of soap and water, but you can also opt to use chemical cleaners to spot-treat areas for a more satisfactory result.

Vinyl Decking

The exclusive AmPro formula brings together the best qualities of a rigid PVC (polyvinyl chloride) Homopolymer compound with a high level of Titanium Dioxide pigment. These two ingredients create for long term, ultraviolet (UV) light resistance and impact modifiers for superior strength.

Virgin Vinyl is the term used for vinyl products that do not contain recycled products. Recycled products that may be imported into an extrusion plant may contain impurities or lower grade vinyl which can seriously affect the finished product’s resilience, impact resistance and UV inhibition. All AmPro products are made strictly from 100% Virgin Vinyl giving you the strongest and most reliable deck for years to come.

Under the vinyl decking header we can also add Gorilla Decking; Gorilla deck is state-of-the-art vinyl construction with the homeowner in mind, with it’s patented interlocking design that creates a water-shedding surface that’s so watertight, it prevents water from traveling below. Not only does Gorilla deck stay cool in the hottest weather but it is also unaffected by all-weather and UV rays. Gorilla decking is great for all uses and amazing for such areas close to water like pools and floating decks. There is no better material for use around these materials because the dampness and chlorine present in those conditions have no effect on this surface.

Before making the final choice, consider important factors like longevity and upkeep demands. The time you can spare in maintaining your deck has a great impact to its life and appeal.

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