Composite Decking: 10 Great Reasons to Rethink Wood

Durable, colorfast, and resistant to mold, mildew, and rot, composite decking is taking center stage in backyards across the country.

  1. Au Naturale


    Who says composite decking needs to be monochromatic? EverNew by CertainTeed features distinctive grain patterns in a variety of dimensional, natural colors that capture the beauty of real wood at a fraction of the cost.

  2. Flip-Flopper


    MoistureShield decking products have a deeply embossed wood grain pattern that allows the board to be reversible, providing more flexibility in application. The product is available with or without grooves that accommodate hidden fastening systems for quick installations.

  3. Color Me Rad


    Trex decking offers a protective shell that blocks out stains and scratches, so you can enjoy your deck worry-free! Their new Transcend product comes in three tropical-inspired shades and five rich earth tones that won’t fade like real wood can.

  4. Tough But Not Rough


    Nothing puts a damper on a fun summer day like a splinter from a worn-down wood deck. Composite decking, like this offering from Wolf, won’t warp or splinter, so you can enjoy a sandal-free sunbath.

  5. Brilliance and Resilience


    One of the benefits of composite decking is its amazing fade resistance, a feature of this product from TimberTech. Even darker colors hold up against the harsh rays of the sun, providing a good investment for homeowners.

  6. Water Welcome


    ChoiceDek’s composite boards are so mold- and mildew-resistant they can even be installed underwater! The lightweight product has added stiffness and allows for air circulation between the boards and framing to reduce condensation.

  7. Bring On the Rain


    Fiberon Horizon decking is a mold-resistant composite made for outdoor performance. The boards come in 12-, 16-, and 20-foot lengths, allowing for more flexibility than real wood.

  8. Relaxed Entertaining


    The outdoors are meant to be enjoyed with friends and family, but a red wine spill or scratches from patio furniture can easily damage a wood deck. Composite decking, like this one from AZEK, is manufactured to be scratch- and stain-resistant, so you can barbecue in bliss.

  9. Looks Like the Real Thing


    Enjoy all the beauty of real wood, with none of the hassle. EverGrain composite decking by Tamko comes in five natural colors and has a varied grain pattern, just like real wood. You’d never know it was made with a plastic!

  10. Mother Earth-Approved


    Rhino Deck proves that composite decking can be environmentally responsible. The product is made with 100-percent recycled materials—wood pulp and high density polyethylene plastics—and saves half a billion plastic containers from landfills every year.

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