Synthetic Decking Comes of Age
A maturing industry means composites and PVC deck planks look better than ever and can last for decades.
Synopsis: Options for synthetic decking have improved in recent years, offering decades of low-maintenance good looks. This article describes the performance characteristics of the three types of synthetic decking capped composites, uncapped composites, and PVC and lists reputable products and pricing in each category. It also includes tips to make your deck dollars go further, such as employing drainage and rail systems.
As life spills out from the kitchen into the backyard, decking options are multiplying, from improved materials to less-obtrusive railing systems, from outdoor kitchens to LED lighting. “We build outdoor living environments,” says Pete Ciaraldi, who specializes in high-quality decks, windows, and siding in Salem, N.H. “It’s a ‘three-season room’ now. People have breakfast out there before the kids get up.”
Filling the space between pressure-treated pine and pricey tropical hardwoods are a variety of synthetic decking materials, promising decades of splinter-free service with minimal maintenance.…