How Composite Decking Has Changed

You’ve heard of composite decking; it’s an alternative to wood that you never have to stain and that’ll last for decades.

You may have also heard about its rocky entry to the decking market. You might be unconvinced that it’s a good choice. The product on the market today isn’t your parent’s composite. Composite decking has come along way since it was first introduced.

We’re bringing you up to speed on how composite has changed over time and what people are excited to buy today.

Tough Beginnings

Composite decking came on the market in the 1990’s, with brands like Trex, TimberTech, Fiberon, MoistureShield, and EverGrain making their debuts. Composite decking generated a buzz of excitement around the low-maintenance alternative to wood decking.

Consumer’s hopes were dashed when the new products fell short of its promises. Early composite decking products were porous blends of plastic and sawdust that tended to stain and fade easily. Buyers complained of mold and mildew build up as well as warping and cracking boards. Some of the major decking manufacturers even faced class-action lawsuits for the sub-par products.

Because of the poorly-designed early composite decking, many homeowners lost faith in composite decking following the 1990’s. But, closing in on 20 years of market experience, those manufacturers who are still in business have learned from their tough beginnings. Products are more sophisticated now, based on decades of research and testing.

The Evolution of Composite Decking

Some brands have discontinued their original lines of composite decking completely, while others have refined them through testing and research. Today, the standard of quality is a capped composite, which has a PVC shell encircling a composite core. The cap functions to seal moisture and insects out, amplifying the integrity of the boards. It also allows for flexibility with coloring and texture, while ensuring a uniform composition of the structural core.

Trex discontinued their last uncapped product in 2014, after introducing a new capped decking line. TimberTech, MoistureShield, and EverGrain kept their (much improved and less expensive) uncapped lines and also offer multiple capped composite options.

Homeowners Love Capped Composite

The love for composite decking is stronger than ever, with sales growing each year across North America. A study recently found that buyers are favouring higher value, better performance, longer life, and better aesthetics in their decking purchases. More homeowners are buying capped composite decking than ever before.

The Vancouver, BC area has seen a significant sales growth in recent years, with a notable shift from uncapped to capped composite materials. The infamous wetness of the region makes the moisture protection of the PVC cap essential for composite decks to last without warping or mildew buildup.

Homeowners choose composite decking over wooden decking for a number of reasons:

  • Get the classic look of wood, without the work.
  • Never sand or stain your deck again.
  • It’s fire resistant, burning at much higher temperatures than wood.
  • Long-term cost is lower than traditional wooden decks.
  • Recycled and non-toxic materials are an environmentally-friendly choice.
  • Stands up to moisture and extreme temperature changes with minimal wear.
  • Comes with one of the best warranties of any decking material (average 25 years)
  • No slivers, mold, or mildew.

While uncapped composite’s lower price is enticing for some, ultimately, aesthetics and durability are most important to homeowners. The top composite brands are fairly comparable in quality and durability. The final choice is less a question of what brand and more often comes down to the colors offered.

Citywide Sundecks Composite Deck Construction in Vancouver

At Citywide Sundecks, we prefer to build with TimberTech and AZEK composite decking products. These brands have a history of innovation, with a huge emphasis on research and technology. Between the two, our clients have 23 different colours to choose from, so they can get exactly the look they want.

TimberTech is a traditional wood/plastic composite product, while AZEK Decking is a pure PVC plank. With AZEK, we can build patios at ground level or even floating decks without an issue of water damage. Both brands are owned by CPG building products and are backed by 25-year and limited lifetime warranties.

If you have questions about resurfacing your existing deck with composite or building a new composite deck, we can help. Call 604-786-3325 or fill out the form below for a free quote.


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  • “Paul and his team are wonderful to work with. Our high expectations and unusual detailed challenges were met with enthusiasm. Another job well done.”

    – Drew, Billingsley Construction

  • “My wife and I were very happy with Citywide’s work on our sundeck. Their crew was very professional, courteous and efficient, and completed the work exactly as they said they would. When I pointed out a minor error in their work on our house siding, they immediately acknowledged the issue and corrected it with no argument. We would definitely recommend Citywide to our family, friends and anyone else that needs their decks re-surfaced. Thanks Paul / Citywide!”

    Doug and Audrey – Burnaby

  • “Citywide is a professional company to work with regarding our deck project.  Very reliable, timely results and good customer service. We are very satisfied with the outcome.”

    Karl G – Vancouver

  • “I would recommend Citywide for roofing repairs and Vinyl decks. I appreciated the personalized service and efficient workers. Thanks Paul.”

    Tony W. – Vancouver

  • My experience with Paul and his Citywide Sundeck crew has been nothing but positive. They are on time and completely professional and able to offer solutions to complicated waterproofing challenges.

    Joe C. – Vancouver

  • I’m a general contractor in the lower mainland. I contacted Paul to help us re-vinyl a deck that used to be fiberglass. GREAT customer service, the job was professionally done by 2 of his crew members. When I called 4 other companies to look at the job, no one came or called back. Paul was attentive to our needs & was able to squeeze us in with a 2-3 day lead time.   Thank you so much for your consistent attention to detail, professionalism, & continuous strive for quality.

    Steve – New Westminster

  • Hard working and respectful crew. Deck turned out great. I would recommend Citywide to others who are considering building or replacing their deck.

    Vito – North Vancouver

  • Two years ago we hired Citywide to renovate our sundeck and back porch. We were very happy with the results and we are enjoying them every day. Last month we had them renovate our front stairs and walkway. The result exceeded our expectation. Now our front entrance looks good enough to welcome a queen! I like Paul’s workers they are friendly and able. Also, Paul is one of the most organized and punctual people I have ever known. We have had a lot of problems with tradesmen in the past. It’s nice to know Paul for a change.

    Sadako – Burnaby

  • I had Citywide Sundecks replace the 28 year old Duradeck sheeting with the similar material on my sundeck. The job was completed in one and a half days to my complete satisfaction. The deck looks like new with all the joints and seams glued and heat treated to ensure maximum waterproofing. Stainless steel screws were used throughout in reinstalling the original aluminum railings and stairs to ensure longevity and improved appearances. When the job was completed the installers cleaned up the work site. I was impressed and pleased with this Citywide crew. They were professional.

    Stephen – Richmond

  • We had our hot tub and sundeck replaced this summer. Citywide Sundecks did a wonderful job of the vinyl deck. The installation was complicated by the fact that the hot tub was sunk into the deck and the glass railings had to be removed and replaced. The job was done in a timely manner with great efficiency. We truly appreciated the skill of the workmanship, the attention to detail and the concern for aesthetics.

    McBride – Coquitlam

  • Paul and his team did excellent work with attention to detail. The work was done quickly and we are very happy with the result.

    Lora – North Vancouver

  • Great service and a fair price for the work. Delivered on all their promises and even did a nice job cleaning up. I would definitely recommend them.

    R. B. – Vancouver

  • Amazing service. Friendly, prompt, really good product. The installers are wonderful and skilled, friendly. I really would recommend this company. I like the range of products they offer and they took time to explain all my options.

    A. R. – Vancouver

  • We were very surprised when we were told that they were able to start working on the project within a week of us signing our contract. We were kept updated of progress and appreciated being contacted by Paul to see how they were doing and if we had any questions. The work was completed quickly and efficiently. The fellows who did the work were friendly and cleaned up after they had finished for the day. We were very happy and have referred them to our friends.

    Courtland C. – Delta

  • Paul and his crew were hired to rebuild a terrible deck that was built last year. Citywide Sundecks isn’t the cheapest, but they did the job right and on time, and it comes with a 10 year warranty. We should have gone with hie the first time around.

    Job P. – Surrey

  • Paul and his crew did a great job of taking care of us. We had to replace a deck and deal with some water issues above and below the deck, all which was behind the stucco. This work has been completed and we are very happy. Paul and the crew kept me informed throughout. They were very easy to deal with and answered all my questions as the work progressed. All this was done at what I thought was a fair price.

    Andy Stephens. – Surrey

  • Very happy with our Duradek job.  It was installed exactly as discussed and Paul made sure that we were completely satisfied.

    Rene B. – Vancouver

  • We are very pleased with the restoration project completed by Citywide Sundecks and Railings during the summer of 2015. The beautiful new sundeck was rebuilt in a very professional manner and the installed aluminum railings were a real upgrade on our original wooden ones. We are so glad that we contracted CWS as they were terrific to deal with and they provided quality work from start to finish.

    Bruce & Loreen S. – Richmond

  • I live in Prince George and contacted Paul at Citywide Sundecks to enquire about installing Duradek at my 85-year-old mother’s house in New Westminster. Paul kept us informed every step of the way. His crew was professional and hard working. They completed the job as agreed and ahead of schedule, even throwing in a few extras for my mum at no cost! My mother was very pleased with the outcome and happy to be enjoying her new deck.

    Leanne M. – Prince George

  • We were in a rush to get our sundeck stairs repaired. Paul was very accommodating and had the stairs replaced very quickly. The quality of work was excellent! I would highly recommend Citywide Sundecks.

    Linda & Rob M. – Delta


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