While there are well over 60 manufacturers making some sort of synthetic decking, some are established and proven, some are not, and it might be difficult to decide which is best for you. Let us help. Factors to consider are, appearance and color, depth of graining, amount of direct sun, tolerance for maintenance, amount of ventilation underneath, specialized needs and wants, and willingness to make the investment to support those choices.
When it comes to high quality and durable low maintenance decking, Archadeck of Fort Wayne and Northeastern Indiana primarily recommends TimberTech, Azek, Trex and Fiberon, because we know that these products perform well, look good and their manufacturers will stand behind the product should there ever be an issue.
WPComposite Decking– this technology was developed in the 1990’s and was the technology of choice for many years. While it is more durable and requires less maintenance than most wood decking products, it falls short in living up to some customer’s expectations, primarily fade and stain. It is a good alternative for budget conscious clients who understand the performance expectations.
Cellular PVC Decking- This technology was also introduce in the early 90’s and overcame many of the objections to wood plastic composite decking, but as darker colors were introduce it too failed to exceed customer expectations. To combat that, all Azek cellular PVC decking for 2016 will be manufactured with a process called Armor Alloy and will be backed by a 30 year fade and stain warranty. This is a beautiful product and now that fading won’t be a problem, it will be a great choice for consumers, even in darker colors. Cellular PVC tends to store less of the sun’s energy and thus is cooler to the foot than composites. Color for color, it will tend to be at the high end of the cost scale.
Cap Stock Decking- This style of product was introduced a few years ago and has been adopted by many manufacturers, including TimberTech, Trex and Fiberon as a way to overcome the shortcomings of the original composite decking. The polymer cap over a WPC is offered in some beautiful colors and grain patterns (including a hand scraped wood look), and is offered with a 25 year fade and stain warranty. Capped composites are more pet friendly as the surface is not as hard as PVC. There also some reasonably priced offerings.
If your budget will allow for synthetic deck, there are many good choices. Seek help with selecting the right one for your outdoor living space. Synthetic deck should be viewed as an investment. If you plan to be in your home for an extended period of time, there really is no other product that makes more economic sense.
While we still do many pressure treated decks, a few IPE/Brazilian hardwood and the occasional cedar deck, we are converting more outdoor living spaces to low maintenance decking every year. We know how to properly construct synthetic decks and have the proper tools to do it. Let us help you design and build your new Fort Wayne area deck. We can design and build the space of your dreams, that will require little in the way of maintenance.
Contact us today at 260/969-8663 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free design consultation