What to Know about Composite Deck Fading

Composite Deck Fading

When you’re investing in products to use for your customers’ homes, you almost always want something that delivers longevity. A product failing or deteriorating prematurely can potentially create an unhappy customer – and leads to a subpar project you’ll have to stand behind. When it comes to luxury decking, there are lots of questions about composite decking fading.

At GreenWay Fence & Railing, we’re an outdoor supply company that specializes in maintenance-free product lines. While our fences and railings may be our signature lines, we have years of experience with all of the top-of-the-line deck materials. We’re breaking down everything you need to know about composite deck fading and offering suggestions.


Does Composite Decking Fade?

As a seller of composite decking, we are very aware of the product pros and cons. Composite is a maintenance-free material with a long lifespan that closely resembles real wood. However, one of the most common questions we hear is, “does composite decking fade?” And the answer is yes – over years in the sun the color on composite deck boards will fade. While the decking will always look attractive and the performance won’t be impacted, the richness of the colors will fade in the sun. This is a natural result of the material sitting in direct sunlight.

Does Composite Decking Fade?

In no way does this mean that composite decking is not a great product – it is a tremendous option, and we gladly sell it! To counteract composite deck fading we recommend putting a total shade solution in place like a pavilion or a pergola will a shade. It is also essential to tell the homeowner beforehand and have a conversation about what this might mean for their project.

Of course, if you’re worried that answering, “Does composite decking fade?” will ruin a sale, there are product lines that are designed to minimize fading. We’re about to dig into the best solution right here…


Does Vinyl Decking Fade?

While composite deck fading is a well-documented problem inherent with the material, vinyl decking is a different story. Although composite decking includes some amount of wood pulp, vinyl decking is a fully engineered product that brings some key advantages.

Although any material will lose some color after years in the sun, vinyl decking is far more resistant to fading than composite. Our preferred vinyl brand, VekaDeck, in particular has engineered a particularly resistant deck board. The 100% PVC material, key micro-ingredients, and unique cellular structure lock in the color in a way that other brands and materials can’t match. Just like composite, these lightweight vinyl boards have an ultralong lifespan and will never need to be painted or stained. In addition, VekaDeck boards are 100% splinter free yet have a simulated texture meant to evoke the feeling of wood.

fade-proof composite decking

Not only does vinyl decking have the lowest fading factor of any deck material, but those low fade colors are absolutely gorgeous. You can choose from traditional colors like walnut, espresso, and hazelnut – and bold options like storm and cayenne.

If you’ve never had a chance to dive into this great brand, check out VekaDeck vinyl decks right here!


Shop GreenWay for All Your Decking Needs

With our extensive range of products and years of experience in the industry, we can help you with any project that comes your way. Whether you need a price on materials or want advice on how to install one of our lines, our team is here to provide the expertise and guidance you need to get the job done right.

If you’re ready to get started or get more information, our team is standing by. Contact us to have a conversation!

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