Capped decking is a revelation for busy homeowners. Learn all about the benefits of capped composite decking here.
As of this writing, there are three major manufacturers producing “mainstream” capped composite deck boards: I would think that if there were problems with (and PVC deck material overall) that they would not want to be associated with it because the first call I would make when my deck started to
As far as the PVC decking, we have never been big fans of PVC in general because it can be squeaky when walked on, it smells bad when installed in the summer, it becomes discolored if you put a rubber mat on it, it looks more fake than plastic capped composite, and to top it off, it is more expensive. With that said, I
Capped composites are one of the hottest categories within decking, with sales rising six-fold in popularity last year, according to a new study by Principia,
Capped composites now rule the roost, but uncapped decking isn't going away just yet. Capstock decking was developed as a solution to the well-known problems with first-generation deck boards. Those early products—relatively porous blends of plastic resins and sawdust—stained easily and tended
At issue were flaking problems that had earlier found to be linked to its manufacturing plant in Nevada. has been making good on its warranty by replacing decks, an ongoing obligation that is costing tens of millions of dollars. And has moved forward. Customer interest in premium capped products, such as
Most products now have a solid core of cellular PVC encapsulated in a harder “capstock” skin similar to capped composites. Because there is no wood fiber, PVC decking is immune to wood-related problems such as mold and wood decay. As with capped composites, the hardened outer skin provides color and realistic
Capped Composite and Capped Polymer (PVC) decking can be excellent options for your next project. However, trying to choose between the two can be confusing.
These new capped composite products are still heavy, prone to a bit of noticeable sag between joists long term, but all in all, they age much more gracefully than the first generation material. PVC decking on
What is capped composite decking and how does it differ from uncapped decking?
See how ChoiceDek composite decking stacks up against wood decking, PVC and capped composite options. There's Capped composites, however, still have a smooth, plastic surface and may require sealing on the ends when cut. Review more of our comparisons below to find the perfect decking to fit your project.
Plastic decking, which is 100 percent recyclable such as , looks like wood. But plastic decking has its problems. It might expand and contract in certain climates, loosening joints and making decks unstable. In hot, sunny areas, plastic decks can get very hot on the soles of the feet and actually radiate heat, making them