Deck Material Options: Why PVC and Composite Decking Reign Superior

Tired of battling the elements to keep your wooden deck looking pristine?

It might be time to consider a switch to manufactured deck boards—a.k.a. the superheroes of outdoor flooring! These alternatives to traditional wood decking, like composite or PVC decking, are engineered to withstand everything Mother Nature throws their way, ensuring your deck stays in tip-top shape for years to come.

Let’s take a look at the advantages of manufactured deck boards over natural wood.

Durability and Longevity

Manufactured deck boards, such as composite or PVC decking, are designed to withstand the elements much better than natural wood. They are resistant to rot, mold, and insect damage, which can significantly extend the lifespan of your deck.

Low Maintenance

One of the biggest perks of composite decking and PVC decking? Say goodbye to maintenance marathons. Unlike natural wood, which requires regular sanding, staining, and sealing to maintain its appearance and integrity, capped composite deck boards, mineral based composites, and PVC decking need minimal upkeep. A simple cleaning with soap and water is usually sufficient to keep them looking good.

Aesthetic Variety

With a rainbow of colors and styles to choose from, manufactured decking doesn’t just mimic natural wood—it outshines it. Wood composite decking and PVC decking comes in a wide range of colors and styles, often recreating the look of natural wood without the imperfections. This allows for more design flexibility and customization to match your personal taste and home exterior.

Environmental Factors

Many composite deck boards are made from recycled materials, such as reclaimed wood fibers and recycled plastics. This makes them an eco-friendly option that helps reduce waste and the demand for virgin materials.

Safety Features

Safety first! Manufactured decking often includes features like slip-resistance and splinter-free surfaces, which can be particularly important for families with children or pets. Some options also have built-in UV resistance to prevent fading from sun exposure.


While the initial cost of composite or PVC decking can be higher than natural wood, the long-term savings on maintenance and repairs often make it a more cost-effective option over time.

Consistent Quality

Manufactured deck boards are produced in a controlled environment, ensuring consistent quality and performance. Natural wood can have variations in strength, appearance, and durability, which can affect the overall quality of your deck.

Ease of Installation

And here’s the cherry on top: installation is a breeze. Manufactured decking is typically easier and faster to install than natural wood. Designed and created in long lengths, they can be installed with special fasteners that don’t show, providing long expanses without nails or screws showing.  Long lengths can reduce installation time and labor, so you can start enjoying your outdoor oasis sooner rather than later.

Now is the perfect time!

Considering these advantages, opting for PVC decking or composite deck boards can provide a durable, low-maintenance, and aesthetically pleasing solution for your outdoor space.

When you’re ready to transform your deck, visit a Riverhead Building Supply location to see samples of different types of composite and PVC decking materials such as TimberTech, AZEK and Deckorators.