PVC decking offers a low maintenance alternative with high resistance to fade and stain but may sometimes look synthetic with a uniform or repeating pattern. Capped composites, however, still have a smooth, plastic surface and may require sealing on the ends when cut.
When the less demanding plastic-composite decking appeared on the scene in the 1990s, homeowners happily adopted it, All About Composite Decking
When it comes to composite decking vs. PVC, both materials have a number of advantages over wood, and both have their pros and cons as well. We discuss how each type of decking behaves in different circumstances, and which
PVC is much harder and more scratch resistant than composite decking, which is good news if you have a large dog or heavy patio furniture. All these benefits don’t come cheap, however: PVC decking will cost you about $10 per sq. ft.