Libby Smoot, March 06, 2015
But not all wood-alternative materials are alike. PVC decking —also known as vinyl or cellular PVC—is made predominately of virgin plastic.
Trex boards, on the other hand, are a wood-plastic composite. The boards are manufactured primarily from a blend of recycled organic and plastic materials. The organic material in these boards is recycled and reclaimed wood; the polyethylene is principally recycled shrink wrap and grocery bags - all of which would otherwise end up in a landfill. After they're formed, all Trex boards are finished with a proprietary high-performance shell that resists fading, staining, scratching and mold—and is backed by a 25-year fade and stain warranty—which far outweighs PVC's long-term durability.
When it comes to PVC vs. composite decking, composite trumps PVC in performance, appearance and more. Here are five ways Trex composite deck boards beat PVC boards:
Trex is more resistant to the elements—natural or not
When you’re building a deck, you want something that will withstand years of sun, snow and big family gatherings. High-performance composite boards hold strong against natural elements; they resist fading from the sun and won’t get moldy after a rainstorm or give you splinters. Compared to Trex, PVC shrinks and expands more between seasons. Plus, it fades and can become discolored from suntan lotion and furnishings like rubber grill mats, outdoor rugs or even the rubber tips on your patio furniture. In fact, PVC is less impact-resistant and therefore more susceptible to scratches, dents and dings from moving your furniture around the deck. Your décor has no effect on Trex, which maintains its rich color and shape no matter what you put on it.
PVC can’t compete with Trex’s sophisticated colors and grain patterns
While both materials can withstand a storm, only Trex has the long-lasting beauty you want in an outdoor space. Unlike PVC, Trex composite decking has a matte finish that resembles real wood, not the slick look of plastic. In fact, our boards come in a wide spectrum of authentic wood-grain patterns and nature-inspired colors including tropical shades and classic earth tones. These rich colors are designed to complement your home, boosting curb appeal and property value. Compare that to PVC decking which, though improved since the first-generation boards, still has a glossy, plastic-like appearance.
PVC gets chalky; Trex never does
Over time, the vinyl in PVC decking can start to oxidize, leaving you with a deck that looks white and chalky. This effect is particularly noticeable with darker deck colors like deep browns and russet tones. Trex high-performance composite never gets chalky. Not even decades later.
Trex is more affordable than PVC
Since PVC does not contain any post-consumer recycled materials, it’s more expensive to produce (and not nearly as environmentally friendly). In fact, the price of PVC tends to fluctuate with the price of oil. Plus, Trex's easy care can save you hundreds of dollars on long-term maintenance costs compared to other decking materials.
Trex is a far greener choice than PVC
In sharp contrast to PVC, Trex high-performance composite decking contains 95% recycled materials, helping make Trex one of the largest plastic recyclers in the U.S. Trex plants use eco-friendly processing methods that recycle factory runoff. Even the factory trailers at Trex are green, running on vegetable-based oil hydraulics. That’s great news for you, your neighbors and the rest of the planet.
Only Trex high-performance composite offers you the full package: exceptional environmental responsibility, beautiful aesthetics and top-notch performance. Plus, our decks work beautifully with the rest of our outdoor living offerings including railing, lighting, furniture, pergolas, storage and more. And with a smaller price tag than PVC, Trex makes it easier to kick back and relax on a low-maintenance, eco-friendly deck that will continue to look good for decades.
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