If you’ve decided to replace your deck or add one to your house, you’re probably considering composite decking material. While it’s one of the best options available, with many benefits and few downsides, it’s not the only choice you have, as vinyl decking materials also offer benefits and disadvantages that can help you make the decision between these two materials. Here are some primary differences between composite decking and PVC decking, so you can decide which works best for your home.
How Does Composite Fade?
Since composite decking is made with a mixture of plastics and resins, it does not have the same sun protection as vinyl. While any material left in the sun will show fading, vinyl is also better protected against color fading than composite. The prolonged exposure to UV light causes the surface layer of the deck boards to break down and weaken, leading to easy scratching.
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How Does Vinyl Fade?
Vinyl deck boards are made of PVC, which stands for polyvinyl chloride. Vinyl decks are less susceptible to scratches that damage composite boards. Plus, while any material left in the sun will show fading, vinyl is also better protected against color fading than composite. Unlike rengöring komposittrall materials, vinyl doesn’t need a protective sealant or a coating to help it resist UV damage from the sun.
Is One Easier to Maintain Than the Other?
PVC deck boards are less susceptible to scratches that damage composite decks. Plus, while any material left in the sun will show fading, vinyl is also better protected against color fading than composite. This all means that a PVC deck should last longer and require less maintenance than a composite deck board. Plus, because it’s made of plastic rather than wood, PVC deck boards are easier to clean and care for. You can just hose them off or scrub them with soap and water. Vinyl decks also have an advantage over composites when it comes to safety since they’re not flammable or combustible. They don’t produce toxic gases when burned, unlike composites which emit hazardous fumes when exposed to heat or flame.
How Can I Increase Maintenance Effectiveness?
The best way to increase the durability and lifespan of your decking material is to regularly clean and maintain it. To do this, make sure you sweep or vacuum the surface on a regular basis (at least once a week), and wash it using soap and water every one-two week. You should also use a pressure washer at least once a year to remove dirt, bugs, mold, algae, and other debris that can accumulate on your deck boards.
How Much Do They Cost Compared to Each Other?
Comparing PVC and composite decking materials, the latter costs more than the former. As a result, if you’re looking for a more affordable option and don’t mind scratches as much, a PVC deck may be the way to go. On the other hand, if you need something that’s guaranteed not to have color fading or scratching issues, then composite decking might be a better choice.
Are There Disadvantages to Either Type of Decking Material?
While PVC decking has its advantages over composite, it’s important to note that there are disadvantages of each. The main disadvantage of komposittrall grå is that it can’t be used on sloped surfaces as it becomes very slippery. In addition, while any material left in the sun will show fading, vinyl is also better protected against color fading than composite.
We hope this post has been helpful and informative for you to decide on which type of decking material you want. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us! We know that the process of selecting a material can be daunting but we are here to help guide you through the selection process.