Anyone who has an exterior deck knows that it's a constant battle against the elements to keep it looking good. That translates into several hours of annual maintenance. But by choosing the right material, more time can be spent enjoying your deck rather than working on it. Today's consumer has more choices than the simple wood standard. Wood is earthy and natural, which makes it an attractive selection for an outside floor surface. However, wood harbors mold and is prone to decay if not maintained annually. This can include pressure washing, staining and finishing.
The new approach to decking are low-maintenance manufactured “boards”. The most common are composites, or solid PVC. These manufactured “boards” are available in a variety of colors and have a wood grain pattern on the surface. And the best part is you will never need to stain or refinish them. Composites are made of a combination of wood and plastic. Although they wear better than wood, they're not exempt from problems. Wood and plastic absorb moisture, and expand and contract at different rates which can lead to certain failure. If you're looking for a premium product, you may want to consider AZEK, an all-PVC material. It cuts and machines like wood, and because it is comprised of a single material (PVC), it is very stable. You will pay a little more for the product on the front end, but if you consider its stability, durability and low maintenance, the payback over the years will outweigh whatever pennies you saved at the time of purchase.