Composite deck with composite rail and flared stairs.
As you thumb through the pages of your favorite home and garden magazine, you may notice the large number of synthetic decks taking center stage. Synthetic decks have evolved over the past several years to encompass beauty in a wonderful array of hues, undulation, and wood graining that rival the look of natural wood. Natural wood has met its match when compared to today’s composite decking. No other decking material requires as little maintenance as synthetic, nor can natural wood promise the longevity synthetic provides.
There are different genres of synthetic decking materials to choose from in today’s market. Each comes with its own low-maintenance benefits. Sometimes it is difficult to make a distinction from one type of synthetic to another. Archadeck of Central SC has prepared a breakdown of the three classifications of synthetic decking material making it easier for homeowners to make an informed choice as to which synthetic will best suit their lifestyle and their budget.
Composite deck accented with gray trim and white rail- a stunning contrast.
- Solid PVC Decking– Cellular PVC decking is a high- performance product made of solid cellular plastic. PVC decking, such as those in the AZEK line, comes with both fade and stain warranty protection. PVC decking only requires minimal maintenance. It will not fade, warp, crack, splinter, or stain. PVC is also moisture friendly and is used heavily around pools, spas, and marinas.
- Capstock – Capstock decking is referred to as the hybrid of decking materials because it contains a composite core wrapped on 3 sides or in some cases all 4 sides in solid PVC. Many capstock brands, such as Fiberon, come with extensive stain and fade warranties. Like all synthetics, it requires no painting, staining, or sealing. General soap and water cleanup is all that is asked of you. The key to choosing the right capstock lies within the setting you wish to use it in. We recommend choosing a capstock product that is covered on all sides when used in humid and moist environments to avoid the risk of potential damage such as expansion and warping over time.
Composite spa deck by Archadeck of Central SC.
Quality man-made synthetics were once only available to builders and contractors, but now composites are readily available to homeowners at home improvement stores and building material outlets. Even though these materials are easily accessible to homeowners and do-it-yourselfers don’t mean that choosing to become a weekend warrior and install your own synthetic deck is the wisest decision. Unlike natural wood, synthetic’s makeup entails a product that is denser than natural wood. This density is part of what gives synthetics the low-maintenance qualities that make them so desirable. To avoid compromising the characteristics of the material it is important that it be installed properly. In order to get the most out of your low-maintenance deck, we recommend having it installed by a licensed professional to ensure you get all the benefits out of your investment. Many synthetics need to be installed with pre-drilled holes to keep the integrity of the material intact. Some synthetics also require the use of a hidden fastener system to deliver that seamless look that synthetic decks are famous for. Archadeck of Central SC warns buyers to also beware of inferior grade synthetics sold at home improvement stores because the price you pay for a synthetic in one of these retail outlets doesn’t always mean you get what you pay for. We get our materials directly from the manufacturer, which ensures all quality control standards are met with every synthetic board that comes through our doors.
Try this composite deck and luscious spa deck on for size in your backyard.
If you are considering the addition of one of the many branded quality synthetic decks on the market today, or are considering redecking an existing deck, we urge you to contact Archadeck of Central SC to help you make an informed decision about which material is the best suited for your outdoor space needs, your budget and your lifestyle. Our knowledge and experience working with synthetics over the years can ensure a space that not only meets but exceeds your expectations. Call today for a free design consultation (803) 784-1566
The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu, and Tucker Reu
Please visit our deck photo gallery and our composite and vinyl (PVC) deck photo gallery located on our website for more examples of lovely low-maintenance deck designs by Archadeck of Central SC.