Wood and cellular PVC are the two most popular options for decking materials, each with its own advantages and considerations. Here are some key points of comparison between the two:

Appearance: Wood decking offers a natural and traditional look, with the grain patterns and warm tones of red cedar. Cellular PVC decking often mimics the appearance of wood but provides a more consistent and uniform aesthetic.

Durability: Wood requires regular maintenance to prevent rot, decay, and insect damage. It can warp, splinter, and fade over time if not properly cared for. Cellular PVC decking is engineered to be highly durable, resistant to moisture, rot, insects, and UV rays.

Longevity: Wood decking has a varying lifespan depending on the type of wood, maintenance practices, and climate. With proper maintenance, it can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. Cellular PVC decking is known for its longevity and can often last significantly longer than wood. Our cellular PVC carries a 50 year manufacturer’s warranty. There is no warranty on wood, as per the industry standard.

Maintenance: Wood decking requires regular cleaning, staining, sealing, and occasional repairs to maintain its appearance and structural integrity. Cellular PVC decking needs very little maintenance.  Nothing beyond a periodic cleaning with mild soap and water.

Sustainability: Wood decking can be sourced from sustainably managed forests, making it an environmentally friendly choice.  Our cellular PVC suppliers all use recyclable materials whenever possible.

Cost: The cost of wood decking can vary considerably based on the type of wood and the current economic climate. In the first year of COVID, for example, wood prices nearly quadrupled in the United States. But generally speaking, wood decking tends to be less expensive upfront. When long-term maintenance and replacement costs are factored in, however, cellular PVC decking can be more cost-effective over its lifespan.

Installation: Both wood and cellular PVC decking can be installed using similar methods. Wood decking may require more expertise to handle and install, especially for intricate designs or patterns. Cellular PVC decking is often lightweight and easier to work with, which makes for a more straightforward installation.

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This deck is made from amberwood cellular PVC. It blends well with the cedar privacy screens.

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