Decking Materials Part III – Vinyl versus Composites
For a new homeowner, or anyone looking to elevate their outdoor living space, a new deck is often the place to start. But deciding on a decking material can often be tricky with the number of options available including treated, Cedar, vinyl, and composites. In this three part blog series we’re going to break down the options.
In the past, if you wanted a low-maintenance deck in Alberta, vinyl decking was the go-to option. Now with technological deck-velopments, homeowners have more choices, including composite decking. Here are some insights on both options:
Vinyl decking is a more affordable option if you are looking for low-maintenance, durable deck surface. Because this vinyl surface uses a water tight membrane, it can be used on surfaces other than just traditional decks. Homeowners are using vinyl decking on rooftop patios, balconies, storage areas, carports and other outdoor living areas. Vinyl decks come in a wide range of colours, textures and styles to perfectly match your home’s exterior design.
With a vinyl deck, you won’t have to worry about cracking, splintering, delaminating, peeling or rotting. The material is formulated to resist the sun’s UV rays, mold and mildew. It is a very durable material that is backed by a 10-year manufacturer warranty and will last for years to come. Find some vinyl decking ideas from HGTV.
To deal with Canmore and Banff’s challenging climate and weather extremes, we choose Trex high performance composite deck boards. For our clients there is no better choice than Trex composites— engineered to resist fading, scratches and stains, and the perils of our harsh Canadian winters. Designed with lasting beauty, incredible durability and easy maintenance, there’s no compromising with high-performance composite decking.
Composite decking is more expensive than vinyl decking, but if you’re looking for a maintenance free deck that mimics the look of real wood, it can be a very good investment. Composite decks will never need to be stained or painted and they’re totally resistant to mold, mildew, rot, splitting, warping, insects and fading. Just wash them off in the spring with a hose or pressure washer and you’re good to go for the season!
Composite decks are beautiful and can transform your outdoor space into a luxury retreat. The material comes in a wide range of colours, textures, patterns and wood grains, allowing you to find something that will match your requirements for aesthetics.
Composite decking is also an environmentally-friendly choice and is made from recycled materials. Because it is so long-lasting, you won’t need to replace your deck as often making it a sustainable option for your outdoor living space.
For composite decking, Solkor chooses Dec Tec and Solkor Landscaping and Design is Canmore’s only licensed installer of Dec-Tec’s entire lineup of premium quality vinyl decking. Low maintenance and long warranties, paired with beautiful and versatile designs makes Dec-Tec the best solution for your Canmore or Banff outdoor living space. With brilliant traction ratings, reinforcement and prints, Dec-Tec will keep your deck looking great for years to come.