When it comes ultra low maintenance materials – Azek is the best material currently available on the market. Delta Decks is a registered professional installer of Azek in Ontario.
For years Delta Decks has mainly concentrated on hardwood decking and resorted to maintenance free only in cases where homeowners wanted to do absolutely no maintenance. Since mid-nineties, tens of different maintenance free product manufacturers have sprung up when people started catching on to the maintenance free idea. Since then there have been many lawsuits against various companies, some companies have gone out of business and materials generally did not perform as well as promised.
This changed in 2008 when Azek (with Procell technology) decking was introduced through major retailers in Toronto, Ontario. Our own experience with Azek exceeded all our expectations. It was unlike any other maintenance free material that we worked with in the past.
What we liked the best about Azek Decking is that unlike other maintenance free products, it has minimal expansion and contraction rates, which is extremely important if you want to keep all joints looking perfect. Also, Azek does not discolor and does not scratch easily.
zek does not stain with grease, oil or other things that may be spilled on the deck. It is a breeze to work with (especially compared with Ipe!). It does not mushroom when screwed into and does not split easily. The cuts are clean. It can be routed and sanded just like real wood.
We find that this material is the easiest decking material to work with.
What differentiates Azek from composites is that it does not accumulate mold. Mold is a major problem and a cause of many lawsuits for many composite material manufacturers. For this reason, composite decking is called “low maintenance” and not “no maintenance”.
When compared to other plastic or vinyl decking products that are available on the market in Toronto – Azek has an advantage because it is not shiny like plastic, it has low expansion and contraction rates and it is uniform in its structure. Some plastic materials have a plastic outer shell and a filling – these layers can sometimes separate.
The only disadvantages of Azek would be the light color scheme – due to the manufacturing process they cannot produce rich dark colors. In terms of its pricing it is slightly more expensive (by about 20-30%) than the average composite products.
In comparison to Ipe, the advantage of Azek is that it does not require any maintenance. The disadvantage – it is only imitating the natural look.