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TimberTech vs AZEK: The Leading Manufacturers of Low Maintenance, PVC, and Composite Decking

A popular and fast-growing trend in the outdoor living world is low maintenance and composite decking. Low maintenance decking allows you to create an outdoor space without the hassle of staining or painting to contend with; leaving more time for you to spend with your family. As you begin your research, you’ll find there are many different varieties of materials, color choices, and brand options, such as Trex®, TimberTech®, and AZEK.® How do you know which material will be better suited for your yard and lifestyle, or which brands confidently stand behind their products?

Custom Azek deck

As your local Chicagoland deck builder, we at Archadeck have done the research, tested the products, and vetted the companies for you. We confidently recommend TimberTech and AZEK decking for our clients. Both companies stand behind their products and offer quality options. TimberTech and AZEK offer several products and colors to choose from, each with distinct characteristics designed to complement various environments and lifestyles.

Before your head starts swirling with synthetic blends, cap stocks, and PVC decking options, take a look at our comprehensive guide to low maintenance material. We’ll go over the important details for each type of decking, the product lines TimberTech and AZEK offer, and the unique characteristics that will help you determine the best product for your new deck.


Wood-Plastic Composite Decking

  • A synthetic blend of wood flour and plastic
  • Sensible decking options designed for the value-conscious homeowner
  • Economical price points
  • Traditional wood-like appearance

A versatile plank with different textured surfaces on either side of the board
Custom deck with food on the table

A step up from wood with a low maintenance wood-like look
Custom deck with cedar

Ideal for heavy-use public places and docks near water
Custom deck with flowers on the side

Capped Composite Decking

  • A synthetic blend of wood flour and plastic with a PVC skin for additional protection
  • VertiGrain™ surface won’t trap dirt or dust and mimics the look of real wood
  • 25-Year Fade and Stain Warranty

Earthwood Evolutions Legacy
A hand-scraped hardwood look that adapts to any décor
Custom deck with wooden patio

Earthwood Evolutions Tropical
Tropical tones with multicolored streaking creates an authentic grain pattern
Custom wooden deck with black railings

Earthwood Evolutions Terrain
Value-conscious price points with the timeless appeal of earthy tones
Custom wooden deck with terrain


PVC Decking

  • PVC engineering guarantees the ultimate in scratch, mildew, and stain resistance.
  • Flat grain surface texture
  • Stain and scratch-resistant
  • Mold and mildew resistant
  • Resistant to moisture and insects

Vintage Collection
Realistic wood appearance with rich textures and colors
Custom deck

Arbor Collection
Warm, vibrant tones of exotic wood
Custom deck with plants

Harvest Collection
Soft shades that compliment most popular siding colors
Custom deck with patio and paver

PVC Trim

  • Covers the wood structural pieces with low maintenance materials, pulling the whole project together
  • Maintains a “like new” appearance in all types of weather
  • Resists cupping, swelling and chipping for lasting good looks
  • Resists moisture and insects.
  • 25-year Limited Warranty

Column Wraps
Provides a smooth, finished look for your deck’s structural posts
Custom white deck

If you’re looking for a Chicago area deck builder for your new deck or other outdoor living project, we would love to hear from you! You may sign up for a Complimentary Design Consultation or call us at (847) 250-4100. Our talented Design Consultants will walk you through every step of the design process and will help you determine the best low maintenance material for your family’s needs.

See you in the backyard!