PVC decking is simply plastic lumber.
Just as with traditional wood decks, you can order a custom size and get it delivered right to your door. All of the advantages of wood are then transferred over to PVC. The big difference is that PVC doesn’t rot or decay…it’s impervious to insects…and it won’t splinter or warp like wood!
You’ve probably heard people complaining about how much “maintenance” their wood decks need. Every year they have to sand down the boards because they start splitting, or seal them again because the cedar has gotten moist over time and rotted through in places. They never really look “pristine” until they go through that whole process every year…and that’s assuming they even keep up with it!
PVC decks are the opposite. They don’t need ANY maintenance at all…aside from a quick sweep now and then if you want to keep the dust down. Your PVC deck will look great for decades, without any of that work or upkeep.
You might be thinking, “That’s probably because my neighbor doesn’t have kids!” But think about how many toys they are surrounded by every day. The balls being kicked across the yard…the swings in the back yard…and their own shoes scuffing them on a regular basis! Even if you install rails around your porch or patio (which would prevent most damage) those rails are still going to get banged up over time, right?
Really, it’s not the kids that should make you consider PVC decks…it’s nature itself. Leaves fall off of trees and blow onto wooden decks all year long. Birds nest in trees overhanging wooden decks, dropping their nests on your deck every spring. All kinds of bugs drop from branches onto wood decks when they land on them to rest. Rain storms wash all kinds of debris into cracks in wooden deck boards. Wood is just not hardy enough to stand up to that kind of abuse!