Looking for an inexpensive deck with practically no maintenance, but want the luxury of hidden fasteners?
Decking: Fiberon Good Life
Good Life is an entry-level, solid-color, woodgrain-textured top-capped deck board with a solid track record.
PVC is a step up from standard composite fascia, weighing almost half the weight of composite, being completely waterproof, and has a simpler installation process. (no predrilling needed). When fastened properly, PVC resists warping in dramatic tempurature swings, unlike composite. Available in white, primed for painting your own, or painted to match solid-color decking.
Fasteners for PVC fascia:
Pros: minimal maintenance especially compared to wood decking, cost-effective, fairly easy installation, hidden fastening option, relatively fast order time, stable fascia material, customizable fascia colors to match your decking or house color
Cons: limited solid color selection, deck board has a scalloped back and is not capped on the underside (theoretically less resistant to the elements), fascia option isn’t as cheap as other entry level fascia options.
TimberTech Terrain has a solid track record, a 30 year warranty, with non-slip texture and woodgrain pattern
The Terrain collection includes three solid colors and two variegated colors, and is a fully-capped composite board, which is one of the unique features of this entry-level board. Grooved and square edge boards are available for either hidden fastening or face screws.
Decking fasteners: Carbon steel or stainless steel screws can be used to face screw decking, or the Concealoc metal hidden fastening clips can be used with grooved decking for a hidden fastening option.
Concealoc® Hidden Fastener Clips$ 120.00 – $ 1,100.00 Select options
TimberTech® TopLoc® 2-1/2″ Coated Composite Decking Screws$ 38.00 – $ 182.00 Select options
TopLoc® Stainless 2-1/2″ Screws for Azek® and TimberTech® Decking$ 93.75 – $ 268.00 Select options
Concealoc® Hidden Fastener End L-Brackets$ 38.00 Add to cart
Fasteners for PVC fascia:
Pros: Plastic cap on all four boards sides adds to the weather resistance and protection, lower-price tier given the 30-year manufacturer’s warranty, hidden fastening options, especially slip-resistant texture makes it ideal for poolside decks and steps
Cons: no Cortex plugs/screws available, scalloped back makes custom designs and steps more difficult on installation, solid colors aren’t as realistic-looking as higher end boards.
Azek Landmark collection
PVC decking option with realistic variegated color and texture, at a slightly higher price tag, with hidden fastening and matching fascia boards available
Landmark is a mid-range PVC deck board with a color variation that looks and feels like genuine worn wood, but with the low to minimal maintenance .
Fascia: matching color and texture – Landmark PVC
Pros: PVC fascia is completely waterproof, lighter than composite, and screwing, cutting, and drilling is much easier than composites. Slip resistant texture, and variegated colors that coordinate well with home colors.
Cons: more expensive than entry-level composites, backside of fascia not textured and not always color-matched, narrow riser boards not available so cutting risers or narrow fascia leads to more scrap material.
Azek Vintage collection
PVC decking option with multiple width boards, realistic variegated color and texture, with hidden fastening and matching fascia boards available
Azek Vintage PVC deck boards are some of the most realistic-looking boards, with a no-slip finer texture that feels similar to weathered wood, without the splinters
Fascia: matching color and texture -Vintage PVC
Pros: All the benefits of PVC decking, plus the backside of the boards are colored the same as the top surface (but smooth, no texturing. 50-year warranty, very realistic variegated colors that coordinate very well with almost any home color scheme, boards come in three widths for a wide variety of design options and flexibility.
Cons: Expensive (especially fascia boards), texturing scratches more easily than other composite boards.