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PVC Decking vs Composite Decking – Which is Better? What’s the Difference?

Composite deck

When it comes to building a deck, there are a variety of different material types to choose from. The frame can be built using the typical treated wood or upgraded to a metal structure. Both make a great frame. The decking and finishing is what you’ll see, this will be your most important decision when it comes to your deck.

The 3 options provided in Manitoba are treated wood, composite and PVC. All 3 can make for a nice, long lasting deck, however; if you’re looking for a great deck that will last a lifetime, this will be a key decision in the process.

We’re going to go over the differences between PVC and Composite decking and show you the key features as well as which one is the better option. Treated wood gets better as the years go by with new technology, however; treated wood doesn’t compare to the look and durability of a properly built PVC or composite deck, which is why we won’t include it in this comparison.

Trex Composite Examples (First 2) & Wolf PVC Examples (Next 2)

There are a variety of styles and colours to choose from with both composite and PVC

What’s the difference?

Composite – made from a blend of wood fibers and plastic with an outer shell to protect the wood materials

PVC – made from 100% recycled plastic, there is no wood fiber present. Options are available where both sides are finished.

The Main Positive Attributes

PVC – no wood composition, low maintenance, mould resistance, enhanced scratch, stain and fade resistance.

Composite – low maintenance, some mould resistance, provides enhanced scratch, stain and fade resistance. Able to emulate the look and feel of wood.

Now let’s compare the two and find out which one is better and why


Both PVC and Composite are ranked highly for their durability. Composite can be prone to sagging over time, however the higher end composites are more resistant to sagging – Winner: PVC


PVC decking is an all plastic product and can offer a wood look that is enhanced, composite has a more wood like appearance – Depending on what you’re looking for, your preference may be to either pvc or decking. Both options make for a great looking deck - Tie