Which is better for an outdoor deck: PVC or composite materials?
When you plan to build an outdoor deck, the first thing to confirm is the choice of deck material. There are many different materials for outdoor decks on the market, and the most popular ones are PVC and composite materials. Which deck material you might think is the best?
Both PVC and composite materials are made from man-made materials. So, if that’s what they have in common, how are they different? Which one is best for your future deck?
Well, no more doubts. This guide will explain the main differences between composite and PVC flooring. So you can choose the best option for your next outdoor building project.
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What are wood-plastic composite materials (WPC)?
Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) is an eco-friendly material comprised of polymers and wood fibers. EVODEK composite decking is manufactured using a patent-protected formula and an innovative dual-screw extrusion method. It has the appearance and texture of real wood and outperforms other decking materials.
EVODEK has utilized Color Streaking and 3D Wood Grain Technology for the first time on uncapped WPC products. HDPE composites are more durable and stiffer than LDPE composites. Various brands contain varying amounts of wood and plastic.
Depending on the ratio of wood fibers and the number of meshes, the product’s effects and performance will vary. If the final product is made from resins with different performance indicators, its properties will vary. Which are demonstrated primarily through appearance. Included are bending, compressive, and material properties.
Different formulation additives will not only alter the appearance and texture of the final product. bending, compressive strength, and the given material Change the chemical properties of the product. The effects of anti-aging, UV resistance, oxidation resistance, fading resistance, waterproof performance, fire resistance, and adhesive coupling performance, among others, vary.
We utilize fifty percent poplar wood fiber, thirty-eight percent HDPE, and twelve percent additives. Our composite material is resistant to UV rays and retains its color in warm climates.
The plastic component of composite decking makes it more water- and insect-resistant than natural wood. Additionally, you have more style options, as you can choose the color and wood grain to match your home’s aesthetic.
What does PVC decking consist of?
PVC is made from man-made materials, just like composite. However, PVC decking is not a combination of wood and plastic. It is composed solely of plastic. Similar to composite, it is designed to reduce the problems associated with wood. For instance, mold and insect infestations.
PVC can be made to resemble pricier wood decking. Examples include redwood, IPE, and mahogany. The plastic construction makes it simple to clean. This material can be pressure-cleaned without causing splinters.
Capped composite decking vs uncapped composite decking
Composite and PVC decking can be capped or left without a cap. The least expensive option is decking without a cap. However, if it is not properly maintained, it is more likely to become stained and grow mold.
The hard shell of capped composite decking provides protection. Capping is mandatory. It is bonded to the core during manufacturing. Your deck will be more durable and functional. Many caps are UV-resistant. This prevents sun-fading of decks.
This is essential to keep in mind when deciding between various decking options. Comparing PVC decking without a cap to composite decking with a cap, or vice versa, would not be fair.
Which is better: composite or PVC materials?
Before addressing their differences, let’s compare composite and PVC decking. Both materials are inexpensive, simple to maintain, durable, resistant to water, insects, and scratches, and available in a variety of attractive colors.
Popular decking materials include composite and PVC decking of superior quality. Their similarity demonstrates this. They should not be compared. Consider instead which option meets your needs.
The benefits of composite materials
Because of its appearance, people have always favored natural wood. In contrast, composite decking has consistently improved in appearance over the past few decades. Now available is composite decking that is durable and appears to be made of wood.
First, composites are more durable than PVC. Composite decking has a more natural appearance. These decks are also less likely to slip than plastic decks due to the wood grain. Therefore, if you are constructing a deck around a pool, you should consider the following. Especially if there are also young children running around.
Temperature fluctuations cause the expansion and contraction of PVC decking. This decreases the structure’s stability. However, because wood fibers make composite decking more rigid, they will not expand and contract as much in direct sunlight as plastic decking.
Composite material appears more authentic, is less slippery, and warps less than PVC.
The benefits of using PVC material
Reusability is the first significant advantage of PVC decking. A composite deck must be disposed of in a landfill after at least 25 years of use. Plastic decks, on the other hand, can be refinished or recycled, giving them a second chance at life after their long service life has expired.
PVC is also advantageous because mold cannot grow on it. We’ve already stated that neither PVC nor composite support mold growth. The clear winner in this category is PVC, as composite still contains wood. Mold and mildew have nowhere to grow because there is no organic matter.
Additionally, PVC is lighter than other materials. This makes it easier to move and work with, allowing it to be installed in virtually any location and at any height.
Please contact us
Since we’ve been in business for nearly 22 years, we know a thing or two about deck construction. Please contact us if you have any questions about composite decking materials. In addition, we provide composite decking free samples.