The Pros and Cons of Composite vs. Wood Decking Some manufacturers now produce decking with a hard plastic shell bonded to composite boards to improve durability.
Composite decking is a wood and plastic combination formed into planks that closely resemble the look of real wood. In theory, WPC decking, or wood plastic composite decking has an appeal for people who like the look of wood, but want a low maintenance alternative.
PVC decking is the relative new kid on the block but is quickly gaining popularity. Most PVC decking is made from 100 percent plasticand no wood means no mold or mildew.
Wood/Plastic Composites. Composite decking is nothing more than wood flour mixed with plastics and extruded into a low maintenance decking board. Please note I did not say no maintenance. Most composites contain 50% wood and 50% plastic. Natural products such as wood are affected by the elements.
The plastic lumber industry, as well as composite decking, has experienced substantial growth over the last ten years, largely due to its increasing popularity as a low-maintenance, long lasting alternative to wood.
Plastic deck railing, also known as PVC or vinyl deck railing, is crafted from manmade materials and often fashioned to have the look of real wood grain. Plastic deck railings come in a variety of colors, styles, and heights to match your deck and outdoor décor.