Spring has sprung, and we’re dreaming of barbeques, family picnics and sunny days by the pool. But, while your mind may be in full summer mode, you may want to check to see if your deck is as ready as you are. Is it split, faded or scratched? Does your decking material look tired and worn, with a few nails popping out? If so, it may be time to upgrade to that deck you’ve always dreamed of.
Choosing the right decking material is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Why? Because this determines the amount of maintenance, aesthetics, and the return on investment you’ll see in the long run. Your final choice will most likely be between PVC and capped composite decking material.
PVC decking is 100% plastic containing no wood fiber. Twenty years ago, plastic decking did not provide the look of natural wood grain. However, with today’s advanced technology, companies like AZEK and WOLF have you covered. They’ve created materials that capture the natural look and feel of real wood which most homeowners are looking for. With the broadest color assortment on the market, plus minimal maintenance (an occasional soap and water wash) PVC decking is a great option. Nearly all AZEK decking products are backed by a limited lifetime warranty and a 30 year fade and stain warranty, giving you piece of mind years down the road. WOLF PVC decking was formulated to closely resemble real wood decking. With slight differences in color and grain pattern from board to board, it gives your deck the look of nature with the strength of man-made materials. WOLF carries a limited lifetime warranty and a 25 year fade and stain warranty.
Capped composite is made of 95% recycled materials consisting of wood flour and plastic, mixed together with a thin veneer of PVC like material wrapped over it. With a lower cost than PVC decking, capped composite manufacturers offer a durable product with enhanced scratch, stain and fade resistant properties. Trex was the first company to combine the durability of recycled plastic with the natural beauty of reclaimed wood in a high-performance decking product. They offer a 25 year fade and stain warranty in addition to their 25 year limited residential warranty. Premium tropical tones, plus the classic natural color offerings from Trex, are eye catching, durable, and require simple soap and water maintenance.
Harvey Building Products can help you make the right choice. Stop by a Harvey Product Showroom and look at samples in a variety of colors and options. Our knowledgeable staff can help answer any questions you might have, and show you some complementary railing options as well.