New Composite Decking Materials Look More Like Real Wood

Posted by Ben Thompson on 03.30.17

Composite decking materials have been around since the 1990s, but let’s face it; many of them don’t look like real wood. The biggest benefit of using a composite material has always been the easy care and low maintenance, but improvement in finish, tone and texture have made it much more aesthetically appealing. Homeowners who have shied away from composite decking because of its appearance should give it a second look.

Here’s a look at some of the newer, more authentic looking composite decking materials available today.

Symmetry Decking by Fiberon


The low-gloss finish and “micro-texturing” of Symmetry Decking provides a natural look with a matte finish. Its multi-toned streaks give it the appearance of exotic hardwood floors.

Tamko Envision Collection

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The deep, wood grain texture of Tamko’s Envision product is created by compression molding. This process gives the boards random patterns that look like natural wood.

Azek Vintage Collection

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Homeowners who prefer a tropical hardwood such as mahogany, Cypress or dark hickory should consider Azek’s Vintage Collection. The rich colors and textured graining creates a realistic wood appearance.

TimberTech Legacy


This product has the look of a handscraped wood and the individual boards even have a bit of color variation. TimberTech Legacy is available in traditional shades of mocha or pecan as well as a weathered ashwood shade.

If you are thinking of adding a deck or other outdoor living space, have a look at our Outdoor Living Gallery for some ideas and inspiration.

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