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Composite decking and PVC decking have emerged as a popular alternative to wooden decking. Being low maintenance and durable, they have a unique selling proposition. But do you know what sets them apart? Let’s find out below.

Material Composition:

Composite decking is made with a mix of wood fibers and recycled plastic, such as high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or polypropylene. These materials are combined and formed into boards.

In contrast with timber, PVC decking is composed of pure polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin. There is no organic material incorporated in to PVC decking, such as wood fibers.


Composite decking typically emulates the appearance of real wood much better than PVC decking. It might boast a more authentic wood-grain texture.

PVC decking tends to have a more consistent look because it is consistently synthetic, while some PVC decking products are embossed or pressed to have textures similar to wood grain, this product often has a smoother surface than composite decking.


In terms of the long term, composite decking and PVC decking will prove very durable, neither have any chance of rotting, mildew, mold or insect damage.

PVC has a slightly better resistance to moisture, stains and scratches than composite decking as it contains no organic materials to absorb water.

Heat Retention:

PVC decking tends to retain more of the sun’s heat that shines on it directly, compared to composite decking, but with advancements in UV reflective products, both PVC and Composite manufactures have options that are cooler to the touch.


PVC decking is generally lighter in weight than composite decking, which means it can be easier to carry around and install, particularly if you’re doing it yourself.


In general, decking made of PVC is more expensive than that made of composite. The main reason why PVC decking is more expensive than composite one is that PVC decking is made from a more costly raw material. In addition, compared with composite decking, PVC decking often shows better performance in terms of durability and maintenance.

Environmental Considerations:

Composite and PVC decking can both be considered environmentally friendly choices for patio or raised decking when compared with using only wood, as they are usually made from recycled material and do not require as much maintenance over their lifetime.

In conclusion, the choice between composite or PVC decking depends on your budget, and the color and texture you prefer.

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