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

    Natural Composite Deck

    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

    Fake Wood Deck

    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

    Stain-proof Deck

    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

    Splinter-free Deck

    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

    Fade Resistant Deck

    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

    Waterproof Deck

    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

    Mold Resistant Deck

    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

    Scratch Resistant Deck

    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

    Fake Wood

    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

    Eco-Friendly Composite Deck

    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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