Coastal environments are brutal on decks and docks, but modern technology knows how to outsmart the elements. Manufactured decking has come light years since the gray, one-dimensional boards of the ’80s. With realistic wood-grain texture, bullet-proof shells, and colors to match almost any home, today’s decking options offer homeowners a lasting investment that looks terrific and requires almost no maintenance. Not sure where to start? Don’t sweat it. Decks & Docks has been selling manufactured decking material for more than 20 years, and we know these products in and out. Give us a call or stop by one of our 14 locations. We’ll talk you through options and find the perfect fit for your budget, taste, and project. If you enjoy geeking out on this stuff and want to brush up first, click on the decking comparison chart and get started planning your perfect new outdoor space.
Capped Composite – The Original, Improved
Artificial decking started with composite in the late ’80s. Made of recycled plastic and repurposed wood, it was a revolutionary idea, with some well-reported flaws. Fast-forward a couple of decades and the composite decking market has come light years – with new brands, new ideas, and new technology that meet homeowners’ demands for durable and attractive decking. Capped composite has the same wood and plastic interior as original composite, but is wrapped in a super tough shell cap. More than a protectant against mildew and rot, the cap allows boards to have wood-grain textures and a range of colors to match any style. Invest once, enjoy for decades. Yep, decades. Decks & Docks only carries capped composite decking brands that guarantee a minimum of 25 years without fading or staining.
Biggest plus: Cost-effective, proven durability
Capped PVC – Looks great, feels great
Looks like wood, but cooler. As in, actually cooler. PVC decking has a similar tough shell as capped composite, but because there is no wood content, it retains far less heat than other decking options – a great choice for a pool deck or boat dock. Texture and color options mimic natural wood varieties and stains: oak, hickory, mahogany, cedar, redwood, and even ipe. Maintenance is a breeze – periodic hosing off and mild cleaner will keep your deck or dock looking great for decades.
Biggest plus: Lightweight, best for bare feet
Plastic – Hi-tech for long life
OK, so “plastic” doesn’t have a great ring to it. How about High-Density Polyethylene? HDPE ? Whatever you call it, this decking has a wood-grain texture, a broad range of attractive colors, and looks great on a deck or a dock. LumbeRock sources material from recycled milk jugs and soda bottles, and boards come in the broadest range of sizes and colors of any decking we carry. Our other HDPE brand, WearDeck, is virgin HDPE with a fiberglass band running through each board for remarkable strength. WearDeck 1-inch boards can span 24 inches on center, with virtually no bend or give. Because HDPE decking has no wood content, these plastic decking brands are both an exceptional choice when strength and longevity are a priority.
Biggest plus: Board strength, no wood content
Composite – Proven Design
These guys took all the good ideas from the originators of composite decking and kicked it up a notch. Similar insides as capped composite (recycled plastic and wood), but no cap. The result is a solid piece of contiguous material, for easy drainage, affordability, and a natural look. Depending on the brand, composition and uses vary. MoistureShield is the only manufactured decking that can be regularly submerged with no degradation. EverGrain is compression molded, for a realistic, and long-lasting wood grain texture.
Biggest plus: Natural look