Vinyl decks are made primarily of polyvinyl chloride or PVC. In a market where pressure-treated wood and composite decking are dominating, many people don’t know about vinyl or haven’t seriously considered it as an option. However, all of our customers who have had a PVC deck installed love their deck and don’t have enough good things to say about it. The right material for your home all depends on your needs, which is why your goals are an essential part of the design process.
Allow our Maryland deck contractors to offer you a bit more insight into vinyl decking. We’ve built vinyl decks throughout Maryland including Howard County, Montgomery County, Baltimore, and Anne Arundel County.
PVC Decks Don’t Look Like Plastic
When people hear PVC or vinyl, they often picture shiny white plastic. But when it comes to vinyl decks, decking manufacturers went to great lengths to design products that closely mimic wood and other natural materials. Some manufacturers like AZEK even produce their vinyl boards with slight color variations to simulate hardwoods.
The Difference Between Vinyl and Composite Decks
Composite decking contains a certain percentage of wood fiber, while PVC is 100% plastic. Taking wood out of the composition means that PVC decking is more predictable and more stable as it contends with the elements season after season. It is also much better at dissipating heat over its surface, which makes it more comfortable to walk barefoot during hot summer days. PVC/vinyl decking also beats capped composite decking when it comes to mold, mildew, and scratch resistance.
How Much Does Vinyl Decking Cost?
Vinyl decking is similar in price to composite decking and runs somewhere between $7 and $13 per square foot for materials alone. Depending on the manufacturer, as well as your color and texture preferences, PVC decking can be more expensive than capped composite. However, the total cost of ownership over a 20-year period is at least $5,000 to $8,000 cheaper for PVC and capped composite than it is for pressure-treated wood.
How to Choose Vinyl Decking
It is often difficult to see the difference between various decking products you find online, and it’s especially difficult to perform side-by-side comparison when all you have is a computer screen. The best approach to choosing PVC decking is to talk to your Maryland deck contractor and have them show you various samples. At North American Deck and Patio, we work with such trusted vinyl deck manufacturers as AZEK, Certainteed, and many others.
Contact us today to talk about your deck project and discuss whether vinyl is the right material for your needs.