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Learn the differences between these two decking materials offered by TimberTech® by Azek.
TimberTech® Advanced PVC decking and composite decking may look similar at first glance, but there are some key differences between the two.
Advanced PVC decking is made of all synthetic materials.
Advanced PVC decking is usually pricier than composite decking. However, it is more enduring and can withstand stains, scratches, and moisture better.
Advanced PVC decking is considerably lighter in weight, and therefore easier to handle during installation, than composite decking.
Composite decking offers a more natural look and feel because it contains wood fibers that are mixed with recycled plastic.
Composite decking can be more susceptible to fading and staining over time. It may also require more maintenance than Advanced PVC decking.
When deciding between Advanced PVC decking and composite decking, it ultimately comes down to personal preference and the specific needs of your outdoor space.
If you prioritize durability and low maintenance, Advanced PVC decking may be the better choice. Prefer a natural look? Composite decking could be the answer. It may require more maintenance, but it could be worth it.
Both TimberTech® Advanced PVC decking and composite decking are highly resistant to moisture, but there are some differences to consider.
Advanced PVC decking is made from 100% synthetic materials and is non-pourous. That means it's highly resistant to moisture, water damage, mold and mildew growth.
Advanced PVC decking is also highly resistant to stains, scratches, and fading, making it a low maintenance option for outdoor spaces.
Because composite decking contains a blend of wood fibers and recycled plastic, it is not completely waterproof and may absorb some moisture if exposed to standing water or high levels of humidity. This can potentially lead to the growth of mold or mildew, but proper cleaning and maintenance can help prevent this.
TimberTech® Advanced PVC and composite decking both offer good moisture protection. Both options are low maintenance and can be a great choice for outdoor spaces that are exposed to moisture.
Advanced PVC decking has higher heat resistance than composite decking. This is because it is made entirely of synthetic materials. These materials are less likely to expand or contract in response to temperature changes.
Composite decking, on the other hand, contains organic materials, such as wood fibers, which can be more prone to expansion and contraction due to temperature changes. Since composite decking has a lower heat resistance than Advanced PVC decking, it may become hotter to the touch in direct sunlight.
It's important to note that both Advanced PVC decking and composite decking from TimberTech® have been designed to be safe and comfortable for outdoor use. They have been tested to ensure they meet safety standards and can be used safely in hot weather.
TimberTech® Advanced PVC decking features a proprietary Slip Resistant Surface Texture, which has been tested to provide excellent slip resistance even in wet conditions. Advanced PVC decking is also highly resistant to moisture and water damage, which can help prevent slips and falls.
Composite decking is designed with textured or embossed surfaces that provide better traction than the smooth surfaces they had ten years ago.
Both Advanced PVC and composite decking from TimberTech® have been designed with safety in mind and offer excellent slip resistance. Our in-store associates can help you pick the best surface type for the type of lifestyle your new deck needs to live up to.
The TimberTech® product warranties vary depending on both the product line and the specific product. Here are some general comparisons between the two decking options:
Advanced PVC Decking:
TimberTech® Advanced PVC decking comes with a lifetime limited warranty, which covers defects in material and workmanship.
The warranty also covers fading and staining for up to 50 years.
The warranty is transferable to subsequent homeowners for up to 30 years from the original purchase date.
TimberTech® composite decking comes with a 25-year limited warranty, which covers defects in material and workmanship.
The warranty also covers fading and staining for up to 25 years.
The warranty is transferable to subsequent homeowners for up to 25 years from the original purchase date.
It's important to note that the warranties offered by TimberTech® are based on proper installation and maintenance of the products. The warranties do not cover damage caused by improper installation, natural weathering, or normal wear and tear. To ensure your decking is covered by the warranty, it's important to follow the manufacturer's installation and maintenance guidelines.
We encourage you to visit your local Von Tobel to ask questions, and see these TimberTech® decking material options in person. See the color and width options, as well as the variety of railings and lighting accessories. We are available to help you pick the perfect material, color, and design for your new deck.