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History

PVC decking was introduced to the market over seven years ago and continues to be a contender as a top deck building material. Its uniquely all-plastic makeup makes it distinctly different from wood decking or other composite decking options. PVC decking has changed in appearance since its introduction and is now available in different colors.[2]

 

Production

Unlike some other wood-alternative decking materials, PVC decking is not made with any wood. It is made completely from plastic instead of from a combination of materials.

Producing PVC decking is a relatively difficult process called co-extrusion. The deck board core is coated and bound with an outer plastic shell, but the materials can be temperamental and hard to work with. Commercial production is challenging, not only for this reason, but also because about one eighth of the deck boards produced are considered worthless and therefore scrapped. The fragile nature of this production process requires careful ingredient mixing and precise execution.

 

Advantages

 

Most people have heard of PVC piping, but PVC is also used as a decking material. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, and this type of decking contains no actual wood. Polyvinyl chloride is the third most commonly used polymer and is used in everything from bottles to credit cards. PVC decking is more expensive than other types, but it has some pretty great pros that we think balance out the cost.

The Pros. PVC decking is one of the best –maybe even the best — deck material for avoiding fading, staining, and mould. While a little fade and staining can be expected after several years, PVC is easily one of the most resistant materials to both. Another great benefit to PVC is that it’s very easy to clean and requires almost no maintenance. A quick sweep to get the leaves off in fall and a bit of time with the hose in spring should just about do it. PVC should never need to be stained, sanded, or painted. Some PVC decking is also made from recycled material and allows for making an eco-friendly option.

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