Composite decking products have come along from those first generation composites that failed to live up to the claims of the manufacturer.
Today composites fall largely into three categories:
Are generally made of recycled plastics and wood fiber. These products are generally the most affordable and perform well in service.
Are slightly more expensive than the uncapped composites, these have a protective cover similar to a golf ball which makes the deck board stain and scratch resistant.
Capped composites are the fastest growing segment of the decking industry largely due to their resistance to mold, mildew, stains and scratches.
Are generally the most expensive of the engineered decking segments. This type of decking has no wood fiber and often little or no recycled plastics. In addition to being scratch and stain resistant, PVC decking is lighter in weight and cooler under foot than the other types of composite decking. Most contractors claim they prefer working with PVC over other composites.