Composite Decking Warranty, Which is the Best?

Composite Decking

Composite Decking Warranty, Which is the Best?

Composite Decking Warranty, Which is the Best?

One of the appeals of composite Decking is that it will last a long time with minimal maintenance. Assuring you made the best investment by choosing the best composite decking is its warranty. The more extended and comprehensive the warranty, the better, right?

But not all composite decking warranties are the same. Different composite manufacturers offer different warranties, structural, stain & fade and labor warranties.

So which composite Decking has the best warranty?

We have found the best composite decking warranties to be Azek, Fiberon, Deckorators MBC and Moistureshield. We will dig in to the comparisons for 11 common decking brand warranties.

Composite Decking

Composite Decking

Deckorators

Structural: Mineral Based-50 Years

Wood based-25 Years

Stain & Fade: 25 Years
Replacement/ Labor: 25 Years- This is Industry Leading

AZEK

Structural: Lifetime Limited
Stain & Fade: 50 Years
Replacement/ Labor: The Warranty period depends on the level of registered TimberTech contractor as well as the Product System purchased to vary 2-7 Years.

TimberTech

Structural: Timbertech Pro Collection- 30 Year Limited

Timbertech Prime + Collection- 25 Year Limited

Stain & Fade: Timbertech Pro Collection- 30 Year Limited

Timbertech Prime + Collection- 25 Year Limited

Replacement/ Labor: The Warranty period depends on the level of registered TimberTech contractor as well as the Product System purchased to vary 2-7 Years.
Composite Decking

Composite Decking

Trex

Structural: 25 Years
Stain & Fade: 25 Years
Replacement/ Labor: Labor warranty is on trained installers. The warranty length varies 1-10 Years depending on contractor level and if Trex decking was installed with Trex Railing or not.

Fiberon

Structural: Promendade- Lifetime

Paramount- Lifetime

Concordia-50 years

Sanctuary-40 years

GoodLife Escapes- 30 years

GoodLife Weekender- 25 years

Stain & Fade: Promendade- 50 Years

Paramount- 50 Years

Concordia-50 years

Sanctuary-40 years

GoodLife Escapes- 30 years

GoodLife Weekender- 25 years

Replacement/ Labor: 5 Years

Zuri

Structural: 25 Years
Stain & Fade: Stain- None

Fade- 25 Years

Replacement/ Labor: 2 Years
Composite Decking

Composite Decking

MoistureShield

Structural: 50 Years
Stain & Fade: Vantage- None

Elevate – 30 Years

Meridian- 40 Years

Vision- 50 Years

Replacement/ Labor: 2-5 Years based on Contractor Level

Envision

Structural: 25 Years
Stain & Fade: 25 Years
Replacement/ Labor: 5 Years

Cali Bamboo

Structural: 25Years
Stain & Fade: 25 Years
Replacement/ Labor: None

LumberRock

Structural: 50 Years
Stain & Fade: None
Replacement/ Labor: None

Duralife

Structural: 25 Years
Stain & Fade: 25 Years
Replacement/ Labor: 2 Years

Ultra Deck(Menards)

Structural: Inspire- 25 Years

Fusion- 25 Years

Triumph- 25 Years

Rustic- 10 Years

Quick Cap- 10 Years

Natural-10 Years

Stain & Fade: None
Replacement/ Labor: None

LumberRock

Structural: 50 Years
Stain & Fade: 50 Years
Replacement/ Labor: 2-5 Years
Composite Decking

Composite Decking

Important FINE PRINT OF  Exclusions and Limitations in Composite Decking Warranties

“Acts of God” is the obvious exclusion that is included in almost every warranty.

But every composite deck warranty will have some fine print which is important to look for such as:

  • Low-E windows
  • Suntan lotion
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Food Spills
  • Installation Specifications

These have all been known to damage the surface of composite decking and are often excluded from the warranty.

Staining limitations

Most manufacturers have limitations on what products may stain the Decking and will not be warrantied. You will find that they give a time allowance for cleanup to avoid damaging the decking or voiding the warranty.

Fading limitations

Composite decking typically will slightly fade with in the first few months and then remain the same. Most warranties specify color changes that are equal to or less than 5 Delta E (CIE) are not covered by most fade warranties or Trex less than 15 Delta E.

Composite Decking

Composite Decking

Labor Warranty with Composite Decking

Some manufacturer’s warranty only covers the product and the product only. There are however a decent amount of manufacturers that include labor or remove and replacement warranties with guidelines.

Most labor warranty is conditional on trained installers. The warranty length varies by brand and installer’s experience level and the proper installation. In the fine print of warranties, you may find that if it isn’t a certified installer whom installed the decking any warranty to be null and void as well if the installation wasn’t installed to manufacture specifications.

What decking is right for you?

So as you see, all the warranties are variable. What dictates which warranty is the best? Is stain & fade most important or is replacement/labor warranty most important?

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