The Top 3 Decking Materials

Looking to repair or replace an old deck? Turn to these three decking materials.


Decking materials can be divided into three main materials -- wood, composite, and PVC. Here are the basics and maintenance for each type of decking.

Decking Material #2: Composite

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Composite is a material that's composed of wood and plastic waste fibers. If the composite decking has a protective layer, it is sometimes called capped composite, Pologruto says. Composite decking is typically more expensive than wood. Composite decking materials are often attached with special fasteners which supply a cleaner, crisper finish, Pologruto says.

Maintenance: Composite decking is very heavy, but it also does not need staining or painting. However, composite decking must be cleaned regularly. If manufacturer care directions are not followed, any warranty may be void, Pologruto says.


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