Which is better, PVC or WPC decking?
Nowadays, homeowners interested in building a deck for their homes have more options than ever before. There are more and more different decking materials on the market, such as WPC decking, PVC decking, etc, then, which one is better for house deck plans? Do you know?
Firstly, let’s know more about these two kinds of materials, the raw material, formula, performance, etc. In this way, we can choose a better product for our deck.
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What is WPC decking?
EVODEK composite deck boards are manufactured with our patented formula and by an innovative dual-screw extrusion process, combining superior performance with naturalistic looks and textures of real wood. EVODEK has adopted Color Streaking and 3D Wood Grain Technology for uncapped WPC decking material in the industry.
Art Color for a deck is a term used to describe the varied streaking on EVODEK composite decking and cladding. By adding different colors at precise moments during the manufacturing process, we are able to create a more nuanced color palette, or maybe variegated color, on a monotonous board, to create the rich, natural color variation found in real wood such as cedar, redwood, and ipe. To get the best composite decking with the most natural wood look.
The composite decking means quality, beauty, and minimal maintenance, saving you time and money. Also, offers superior performance that you can’t get from wood. EVODEK composite resists termites, won’t rot, warp, crack, or splinter. No need for regular maintenance or painting.
What’s more, EVODEK composite decking is child-friendly thanks to its slip-resistance. EVODEK decking products have undergone the Pendulum Slip Resistance Test by the standard of BS 7976-2. EVODEK 3D Wood Grain decking has better slip resistance by virtue of the embossed pattern. The decking with the grooved pattern, likewise, is also highly resistant to slip, thanks to its grooves on the surface. So when your children play on the decking, it’s very safe, nothing is more important than your children’s safety. You want to do all that you can to protect them, even if they are more accident-prone at their young ages.
What is PVC decking?
Like composite decking, PVC is made from artificial materials. But instead of being a mix of wood and plastic, PVC decking is 100% plastic. Like composite, it was designed to minimize maintenance and prevent common problems associated with wood, such as mold and insect infestations.
Although it’s easy to clean, the surface is more smooth than composite. It is maybe slippy when wet. And when the temperature changes suddenly, PVC decking can expand and contract. This makes the structure less stable over time. Because the wood fibers in composite decking make it more rigid, it won’t expand and contract as easily as plastic in direct sunlight.
So, we can see the advantages of composite decking easily.
Looks like real wood more
Better slip resistance Less prone to warping caused by temperature changes
Can be 100% recycled
What are the advantages of composite decking?
Natural wood has always been popular for its appearance. However, the appearance of composite decking has continued to improve over the past few decades. Now you can find brilliant composite decking products that look just like real wood.
This brings us to the first major advantage composites have over PVC. Because it does contain wood fiber, composite decking looks more natural. The wood grain also helps make decking boards more slip-resistant than PVC decks. So if you’re building a deck around your pool, that’s something you need to consider, especially if you also have young kids running around.
PVC decking will expand and contract when the temperature changes suddenly, which makes the structure less stable over time. But because the wood fibers in composite decking make it more rigid, it doesn’t expand and contract as easily in direct sunlight as plastic does.
What are the advantages of PVC decking?
The number one advantage of PVC flooring is that it is 100% recyclable. PVC decks can be refinished or recycled, giving them new life once their equally long lifespan is over.
Another advantage of PVC is mold resistance. Now, we’ve mentioned that both PVC and composites are mildew resistant. But since composites still contain wood, PVC is the undisputed winner. No organic ingredients mean mold has nowhere to go.
Finally, PVC is a much lighter material. This makes it easier to transport and use, so you can mount it almost anywhere at any height.
PVC vs. WPC: A breakdown Comparison
It may not be easy for homeowners to be able to tell the physical difference between composite decking and PVC decking, but these differences do exist. Below is a breakdown of the key differences between these two materials.
Aesthetics: composite decking has a more wood-like appearance, while PVC decking has an enhanced wood look due to its all-plastic construction.
Durability: These two products scored the highest among decorative products in terms of durability.
Mold and Mildew Resistant: Covered PVC decking is slightly better at resisting mold and mildew than covered composites.
Stain Resistance: These two products rank among the top materials in terms of stain resistance.
Splinter Free: Since PVC is 100% plastic and composite decking use only wood fibers, both products are splinter-free.
Rich colors and surfaces for choosing
Of course, as we all know, each material has its advantages and disadvantages. So, you can also choose the material you like or your childlike. If you would like to know more details about the composite decking, welcome to contact EVODEK salesman, they will introduce more information to you accordingly. Such as designs, rich colors, sizes, features, advantages, installation instruction, shipping, etc.
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