PVC Decking: Hollow or Solid?
PVC decking material is becoming popular among homeowners due to its durability. There are two kinds of PVC decking available. The first kind is more like fencing material while solid PVC decking is more like wood. Each kind of PVC decking has good points and bad points. The article that follows will run down the differences between hollow and solid PVC decking as well as the pros and cons of each.
When you own a deck made out of PVC you are going to be concerned with durability. The last thing you need is to have the PVC decking buckling and swaying under the weight. Hollow PVC decking is not as stable as solid PVC decking material. This is perfectly fine if you are not having too many people standing on the deck. Solid decking is solid like a 2x4 and the posts are also solid. This gives you a deck that is more like a wooden one which means it is incredibly stable.
Many people think that durability is the same stability but it is not the same thing and is actually very different. Stability translates to how well the PVC decking (or any structure) will stand up to such things as strong winds or earthquakes. Durability is directly reflected in how strong a product is under pressure; if it can withstand a lot of weight or force. Hollow PVC decking is not as durable as solid decking material made from the PVC. It is not distinguishable between wood as it looks relatively the same.
Cost of PVC Decking
In anything that you do throughout the home, inside or outside of it, you will always be spending money but how much you spend matters greatly. Other than the cost of an addition or a pool, adding a deck to the home will be one of the most costly things you have done. It will increase the value and the appeal of the home in the long term if you ever plan to refinance or sell. The short term trouble is, of course, cash. Wood decks cost a lot of money but not as much as PVC decking. The cost of the material varies between hollow and solid PVC decking. Hollow PVC used in the decking costs far less than solid PVC materials. Solid PVC decking is typically a composite material made from plastics and real wood and it is this combination of materials that make it so much more expensive.
When preparing to build a deck, regardless of the materials used, you need to think about how it is going to be installed and the cost to install it. You can install hollow PVC decking on your own but it takes time and knowledge to do so without crushing it during the process. Solid PVC decking is much easier to install because it is installed just like wood without the issue of it cracking. The cost would then be somewhat comparable in that the solid decking costs more but you save on labor.