The decking industry has spent decades trying to perfect a low-maintenance decking material for homeowners who don’t want the hassle of refinishing a cedar deck. Now that composite decking has achieved widespread acceptance, it’s time to meet another new kid on the block: PVC decking.
Unlike wood-plastic composites, PVC decking is made entirely from a cellular vinyl material that’s lighter than cedar or composite, yet resists sagging and is strong enough to stand up to the elements. Thanks to advancements in technology, some brands of PVC decking, such as Endeck, come in an array of colors to match your home and even feature an embossed wood texture so consumers don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics for durability.
Endeck PVC decking is specifically engineered to solve many of the challenges homeowners face with wood or composite materials. These include:
Wood deterioration. While some homeowners still prefer the look and feel of wood, many others are hungry for alternatives that don’t require regular refinishing. Any organic material is vulnerable to microbes such as mold or bacteria and will deteriorate over time; while the plastic used in composite decks can slow down the process, it cannot halt it completely. PVC decking is entirely inorganic, which means it will not succumb to rot, warping, cracking or splintering.
Vulnerability to damage. Whereas cedar or composite decking can become stained or scratched, Endeck features a hard capstock shell that resists damage from normal deck use. An occasional spraying with the garden hose (or a bit of household cleaner for tougher spots) will keep a PVC deck looking clean and new.
Slipperiness. Slipping is an important safety consideration for any deck design, particularly as some composite surfaces can become slick when wet. Endeck’s embossed wood grain pattern not only mimics the appearance of wood, but it offers superior slip resistance.
To learn more about the benefits of PVC decking, contact one of our Portland decking experts.