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    Composite vs. vinyl decking

    We've decided to go low-maintenance for our deck but wanted to get some thoughts on composite vs. vinyl. Anyone out there got any opinions?

    I looked on Consumer Reports and with a few exceptions most of the composite products actually scored lower than wood. A guy who came over the other night trying to sell us a vinyl deck said he's only installed one composite deck and the customer hates it because it's slippery. But vinyl is so damn expensive.

    I know there is also aluminum decking but that looks so expensive it's not even worth considering, imo.



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    Re: Composite vs. vinyl decking

    Vinyl decking can be bad for static. People walking on the deck and then shocking the bejeebers out of someone they touch or something metal. Might not sound like that big of a deal, but gets very annoying and it actually can be a pretty big jolt.

    Composites might get slippery in some cases, but the wood fiber does help dissipate the static charge.



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    Re: Composite vs. vinyl decking

    Composite decking is hit or miss. There are very few good suppliers out there. Definitely go vinyl, you'll be glad you did.

    Check into timber tech vinyl. Good stuff.



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    Re: Composite vs. vinyl decking

    Expensive vs expensive



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    Re: Composite vs. vinyl decking

    Quote Originally Posted by State43 View Post
    Expensive vs expensive
    I installed a brazilian walnut (Ipe') deck a few years ago. If you don't mind it silver, it is low maintence, and it will last 60 years + (the atlantic city boardwalk installed in the 70s is made of ipe'). Bought from the right source, it is no more expensive than composite, and perhaps cheaper, depending on exchange rates. The stuff's amazingly dense and hard. It sinks like a rock.

    If you don't want it silver, though, you are stuck staining every year or every other year. I'm staining mine tomorrow .



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    Re: Composite vs. vinyl decking

    I've got a composite deck. It was installed before we bought the house. Other than some crappy worksmanship by the former owner, I have really liked the deck. Mine has enough texture on it so that it doesn't get slippery. It does get a little hot on the feet when in direct sun on a hot summer day, but other than that, I have been very happy.

    All I have to do is pressure wash it every 2-3 years.



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    Re: Composite vs. vinyl decking

    Quote Originally Posted by killtrapper View Post
    I installed a brazilian walnut (Ipe') deck a few years ago. If you don't mind it silver, it is low maintence, and it will last 60 years + (the atlantic city boardwalk installed in the 70s is made of ipe'). Bought from the right source, it is no more expensive than composite, and perhaps cheaper, depending on exchange rates. The stuff's amazingly dense and hard. It sinks like a rock.

    If you don't want it silver, though, you are stuck staining every year or every other year. I'm staining mine tomorrow .
    Thus no longer low maint. :P
    I have to stain my cedar deck every other year at least thanks to my dog.



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    Re: Composite vs. vinyl decking

    Most contractor's I've talked to love composite. I'm assuming those who said it was slippery installed it with the texture facing downward which is an option but definitely slippery. If you put the texture up it's not all that bad. Power washing every few years to bring the color back out if you want but it's not a must.



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    Re: Composite vs. vinyl decking

    If you're going to go with a "Low Maintenance" deck. I'd go with a PVC decking. Azek makes a very good one or Gossen isn't bad either. I've sold PVC and Composite for years, I've never had a warranty claim with the PVC and Composite has been a nightmare. The PVC may be a little more than Composite but it is a lot easier to work with.



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    Re: Composite vs. vinyl decking

    Quote Originally Posted by MJAnderson View Post
    If you're going to go with a "Low Maintenance" deck. I'd go with a PVC decking. Azek makes a very good one or Gossen isn't bad either. I've sold PVC and Composite for years, I've never had a warranty claim with the PVC and Composite has been a nightmare. The PVC may be a little more than Composite but it is a lot easier to work with.
    Just curious- does the PVC get scuff marks that are hard to get out? I am considering a new deck too, and I know in sheet vinyl for interior floors, this is an issue.



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    Re: Composite vs. vinyl decking

    I haven't have any issues or complaints with scuffing on the PVC. I did however notice that composite will scuff. The composite with the PVC capping may be a little better than the regular composite but it's still harder to work with and then your creaping up to the price of the PVC.



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    Re: Composite vs. vinyl decking

    I have a cement pad that works great....Neighbor just went through the decision making process and ultimately poured a stained cement pad.



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    Re: Composite vs. vinyl decking

    We have a composite deck (TimberTek). Not slippery at all. Love it except for one thing - stains. Anything greasy or oily becomes an instant stain. Only way to get it out is sanding it down or scrubbing with wire brush, which leaves a mark as bad or worse than the stain.

    If I had it to do again, would pour cement I think.



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    Re: Composite vs. vinyl decking

    I would go with a vinyl deck. I have a feeling in the next couple of years composite decks are going to be a thing of the past. Look at most composite companies (Timbertech, Trex, etc) atleast half of their products are now a full PVC product or a composite core with a PVC cover on it. I work at a lumberyard and have sold a ton of Genovations PVC decking this year the only gripe I have with it are the screws that they manufacture aren't worth a crap. I always get the GRK stainless cabinet screws to install those decks. Also this Genovations decking is less expensive than the cheapest Timbertech or Trex decking. PM me if you've got any more questions about it I don't want to get too technical on here.



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    Re: Composite vs. vinyl decking

    Quote Originally Posted by NATEizKING View Post
    Most contractor's I've talked to love composite. I'm assuming those who said it was slippery installed it with the texture facing downward which is an option but definitely slippery. If you put the texture up it's not all that bad. Power washing every few years to bring the color back out if you want but it's not a must.
    I could not even walk on the composite for new section in Yellowstone due to frost. Huge downer for the geyser walk.


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