Not all Composites are Created Equal

Composite decking has become a most popular decking option. The primary reason for this is the low maintenance and long lifespan of today’s composites. But the word “composite” is used in a very general sense, and in reality, any product that is made from combining multiple materials is technically a composite. In the case of decking, this tends to be wood fibers and plastic. But even at that, it comes in a variety of options.

Brands

While there are hundreds of composite decking manufacturers, only a few really dominate the industry.  Trex is the industry leader and the original composite decking manufacturer. Trex is the most widely distributed composite decking and can be purchased from many local lumber yards, and pretty much all box stores (although they only typically carry the low-mid range lines or limited sizes). Trex not only manufacturers decking, but also railing, lighting, and other deck accessories.

Fiberon is another industry giant that produces stunning composite decking and railing. 

Another composite decking giant is TimberTech. Their products are stunning and some of the higher lines do a very good job of replicating rustic handscraped hardwood.

MoistureShield is a great option for those looking for a more affordable composite deck option. MoistureShield is one of the very few composite decking materials approved for use in ground contact or water submersible applications, due to their unique manufacturing process.

If you have questions about what lumber yards carry these different types of composite decking, please Contact Us and we’d be happy to help!