What sets us apart from other deck builders?

2006 through 2010 - Kansas City Remodeling Industry (2010 "Best Service" award)
2007, 2009 - Andover Research Group "Overall Quality" award
2008 - PSRC (Polls & Surveys Research Council) "Based off cumulative data gathered"
2008, 2009 - Named Kansas City's "Overall Premier Contractor for Continued Excellence" by the Kansas City Remodeling Industry.
2010 - Andover Research Group "Premier Designer" award

2. ONLY DECK BUILDER WITH SHOWROOMS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:  We are locatable and you can view our craftsmanship up close and personal.

3. EXCLUSIVELY BUILD DECKS:  Unlike many other deck builders, we do not “dabble” in several different trades. Instead, we master and enhance the art of deck construction.

4. MOST COMPREHENSIVE WARRANTY IN THE INDUSTRY:  2 year craftsmanship/ 5 year wood rot

5. OWNER OPERATED:  Always an owner supervising and in direct contact and communication with our customers.

6. In House Employees - Opposed to subcontracting, we employ and retain our own carpenters. This allows us to maintain a high level of quality and achieve consistent results.

Composite Deck Versus PVC Deck

Composite Deck Versus PVC Deck

Most people we meet when providing a proposal often refer to a composite deck and a PVC deck as one in the same.  They just think of them as man-made synthetic products that are both alternatives to a wood deck.

As a Kansas City deck builder, we tell our customers that PVC decks are to composite decks as composites decks once were to wood decks. In other words, PVC decks are the next evolution in the continually and rapidly developing deck industry.

Born well over a decade ago into the deck industry, “composite decks” are now pretty much a household name.  “PVC decks” on the other hand, are just starting to come off the tongues of Kansas City deck customers.

Nearly every potential customer we meet with today mentions the word composite when referring to any type of synthetic, man-made decking material.  Understandably so, composite decks have been built in the Kansas City are since before the millennium.  On the other hand, PVC decks only gained a strong foothold with Kansas City deck builders about five to six years ago.

When composite decking was first introduced to deck builders and consumers, it was presented as an “end all, do all” product, which completely solved the hassle of deck maintenance.

Some fifteen years later, most Kansas City deck builders know that while composites may be lower maintenance, they still have their fair share of shortcomings.  PVC decking has apparently solved some of the issues composite decking could not avoid.  Let’s take a look at a few of the major ones.

Mold & Mildew:  This problem has now been resolved by nearly all composite decking manufacturers.  When composite decking first came out, most of the major manufacturers had serious problems preventing mold and mildew from infecting their product to the extent of failure.  There were many different theories as to why this was so prominent and widespread.  Many scientists believed that the type of recycled plastic being used to make composite decking had sugars and particles leftover from the foods they once contained.  It was determined that these remnants were acting as a natural habitat, and thus accelerating the production of spores.  This issue has now been solved to a fair extent thanks to the mandated introduction of zinc, which is a proven mold and mildew inhibitor.  However, composite decks still have porous surfaces.  Therefore, they are much more likely to accept mold and mildew growth than PVC decks.

PVC decking is a non-porous product that will not allow mold or mildew growth.  Mold and mildew can still growth on its surface, as with just about any surface exposed to Mother Nature.  However, it can easily be scrubbed or wiped off with little trouble since it cannot penetrate the PVC deck’s surface.  On the other hand, mold and mildew can grow deep into composite decking making it very difficult, if not impossible, to remove.  The best composite decking which prevents mold and mildew is Evergrain made by TAMKO.  Evergrain is extruded and then pressed to give it a much more dense surface than most other composite decking products.  Almost all other composite decking brands are simply extruded through a one step process.  We’ve been building with Evergrain for over twelve years and have never had any mold or mildew problems, and we’ve built thousands of decks throughout the Kansas City area.

Stains:  For the exact same reasons as just described, composite decks stain and discolor much more easily than PVC decks.  Barbeque grease, bird droppings, suntan lotion, etc. can easily soak in and permanently stain a composite deck.  On the flip side, one can literally pour motor oil on a PVC deck and wipe it back off with no sign of it ever being there.

Fading:  I’m not sure of the reasons why or why not.  Plain and simple, composite decks fade much more than PVC decks.  This can be a real problem as drastic color differences will occur where furniture and plants are placed and then moved after and extended period of time.  This will still happen somewhat with a PVC deck.  However, a PVC deck takes much longer to fade and does not fade to the extent a composite deck does.

Heat dissipation:  Again, I’m no chemist or product engineer so I have no in depth discussion explaining why this is.  All I know is that PVC decks dissipate heat much better than composite decks.  It’s really not even close, especially with darker colors.  Most people who’ve never stood barefoot on a dark composite deck in the middle of direct sunlight would wonder why heat dissipation would be a big deal.  If you haven’t had the displeasure, then trust this Kansas City deck builder, it is a big deal.  It’s especially a big deal for your toddler who’s skin is ultra sensitive and prefers to travel via knees and palms versus tennis shoes or flip-flops.

The aforementioned are just some of the reasons you may consider going with a PVC deck over a composite deck.  There are others such as color selection and expansion and contraction.  PVC decking generally has a wider and more vibrant selection of colors than most composite decking.  PVC decking is also more stable, meaning it doesn’t expand and contract as much as composite decking.  This means deck builders’ cuts are allowed to be made tighter without the concern of buckling when the material expands in warmer weather or unsightly gaps when it contracts quite a bit in colder temperatures.  PVC decks are also easier to construct, which can mean less labor cost depending on the deck builder.  PVC decking is also much lighter than composite decking which can play a part if the deck builder takes that into consideration when preparing a proposal.

The one area a composite deck has an edge over a PVC deck is that it usually costs less.  PVC decking can cost a fair amount more than composite decking.  How much depends on the brand of PVC and/ or composite decking being compared and how much the potential deck builder can get it for.  Azek PVC decking is the pioneer and top manufacturer in the PVC deck industry.  Whether the price difference is worth the benefits provided by going with a PVC deck are up to each consumer to decide for them self.  Just remember, almost never do highest quality and cheapest go hand in hand.

Hope this helps,

DW Elite Decks (Kansas City’S Top Rated Deck Builder Since 1997)


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Composite deck built by DW Elite Decks in Olathe, Kansas.
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PVC deck built by DW Elite Decks in Olathe, Kansas. 
  1. ABS Wood06-20-19

    Nice blog! Thanks for explaining, in brief, the difference between composite and PVC deck.

  2. Unique Decks02-13-20

    Composite Decking is the better option. It Eco friendly, its recyclable and relatively cheaper. It comes with varieties of designs as well in comparison to PVC decking.

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