Decades ago, the only options for new or revitalized decks were wood or stone. But advances in materials have worked their way outdoors, and the result -- vinyl decking -- offers a great option in many situations. Here's what you need to know about choosing vinyl decking:
- Vinyl decking is fairly hardy. Most stain- and scratch-resistant vinyl decking is also able to withstand insects, mold, and mildew without much maintenance.
- Vinyl decking won't cause splinters. Because of its man-made composition, vinyl decking doesn't act like wood, meaning it won't need maintenance, like sanding in worn spots.
- Vinyl decking mimics wood in graining. Many vinyl decking options closely resemble the grain of wood, which can be a plus for homeowners hoping for the advantages of man-made material but the look of traditional wood decking.
- Vinyl decking comes in a range of sizes, lengths, and widths. Vinyl decking can be installed as tongue and groove or in planks; it is also made into rails, moldings, and other accessories that add the finishing touch to a deck.
- Vinyl decking comes in a variety of colors. Wood decking can be stained to exactly match the palette of a home, but vinyl decking comes as is. Fortunately, depending on the type of vinyl decking, there may be a range of color selections that complement different styles and types of homes.