In case you didn’t know, more and more people in your neighborhood — and in neighborhoods across the United States — are saying “no thanks” to natural wood decks and choosing composite outdoor decking instead. The reasons are simple. Composite decking lasts 10-20 years longer on average, and requires little-to-no maintenance, depending on where you live.
It’s no wonder that so many homeowners are going this route — especially when you consider the variety of designs, looks, and textures out there. Composite decking can feel very similar to natural wood, but without the susceptibility to insects and weather.
So what’s the best brand of composite decking? That’s another common question — and while we aren’t going tell you our choice, we can give you four of the most popular brands and let you choose for yourself.
Trex was founded in 1996 and has its headquarters in the city of Winchester, VA. The composite materials it produces are highly durable and very attractive. It’s also worth noting that Trex composite decking is made from recycled materials. The company purchases hundreds of millions of pounds of sawdust and used plastic each year for its production methods.
Unlike Trex and other composite brands, Azek (est. 2007) makes decking out of a PVC material. This is also a highly effective composite decking material. It’s virtually impervious to mold and mildew, splitting, and even scratching. Azek is a quality brand that many homeowners and even some contractors swear by.
For anyone who loves bamboo, this brand is a great option for composite decking. Instead of using natural wood fibers, Cali-Bamboo uses about a third bamboo fibers and two-third plastic to produce its materials. Both of these materials are recycled, so you can rest assured you’re getting an environmentally sound product. Plus, it looks and feels great. The company was founded two college students and has grown to be very successful in the business.
The Dura-Life brand of composite decking has been around since 2009, and shows no signs of slowing down. Instead of abandoning classic tropical hardwoods (which are often used in natural-wood decks, despite being more expensive), Dura-Life blends these very hardwoods with plastic fibers to create unique composites that look beautiful and perform even better.
What’s the right choice for you?
There are actually dozens of American companies who manufacture composite materials — these are just four of the most popular. So here’s the next most obvious question: Which of these brands is the best choice my outdoor deck project? The answer may come down to personal taste and appearance, but when you drill down into the mechanics of how various types of composite outdoor decking materials are produced, you’ll find that quality does play a part. While some brands like Trex have impeccable standards in terms of quality, lesser manufacturers may turn out product that doesn’t quite cut it. Talk to your deck resurfacing or deck building specialist to make sure you’re using a high quality material for your composite decking project.