Composite Decking vs Lumber – Who Wins?

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What type of deck is best for your home? Two popular options that people often consider are composite decking and pressure-treated lumber. In this blog, we’ll compare the benefits of both materials and ultimately explore why PVC decking, specifically AZEK PVC decking, stands out as the superior choice.

Composite Decking: The Best of Both Worlds

Composite decking is a modern decking material that combines wood fibers and recycled plastic. It offers several advantages over traditional lumber, making it an appealing choice for many homeowners.

  1. Low Maintenance: One of the most significant benefits of composite decking is its low-maintenance nature. Unlike wood, composite decking doesn’t require staining, sealing, or painting to maintain its appearance. With regular cleaning, composite decking can retain its beauty for years to come.

  2. Durability: Composite decking is highly durable and resistant to rot, mold, and insect damage. It doesn’t warp, crack, or splinter like natural wood, ensuring a long lifespan and a deck that looks great for many seasons.

  3. Aesthetics: Composite decking comes in a wide range of colors, finishes, and textures, allowing you to achieve the desired look for your outdoor space. Whether you prefer the natural look of wood grain or a contemporary design, composite decking offers versatile options to match your style.

Pressure-Treated Lumber: Traditional and Affordable

Pressure-treated lumber has long been a popular choice for decking due to its affordability and availability. Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Cost: Pressure-treated lumber is typically less expensive upfront compared to composite decking. If budget is a primary concern, choosing pressure-treated lumber may be a viable option.

  2. Natural Appeal: For those who prefer the traditional look and feel of wood, pressure-treated lumber offers a rustic charm that can be appealing. It provides a warm and inviting atmosphere, especially in outdoor spaces.

  3. Maintenance: Unlike composite decking, pressure-treated lumber requires regular maintenance. It needs to be stained or sealed periodically to protect it from the elements, prevent warping, and maintain its appearance.

PVC Decking: The Ultimate Solution

While composite decking offers many advantages, it’s important to consider the top-tier option: PVC decking, such AZEK PVC decking. Here’s why PVC decking stands out:

  1. Longevity: PVC decking boasts exceptional longevity, often with warranties that surpass those of composite decking. For instance, AZEK PVC decking offers an impressive 50-year warranty, ensuring peace of mind and long-term investment value.

  2. Low Maintenance: Similar to composite decking, PVC decking requires minimal maintenance. It doesn’t require staining, sealing, or painting, saving you time and effort in upkeep.

  3. Superior Performance: PVC decking is highly resistant to fading, staining, and moisture, making it ideal for withstanding the elements. It maintains its color and integrity over time, providing a consistently beautiful and durable deck.


While both composite decking and pressure-treated lumber have their merits, PVC decking emerges as the top choice for homeowners seeking the best of both worlds. With its low maintenance requirements, durability, and impressive warranty, PVC decking offers long-lasting beauty and performance.

At S&S Remodeling, we understand the importance of selecting the right decking material. That’s why we recommend AZEK PVC decking for its exceptional quality and benefits. Contact us today to learn more about our decking services and discover how we can help you create a stunning and long-lasting outdoor space with PVC decking.

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