What sets LANAI PVC Decking apart is our proprietary LIFECAP outer layer, combined with our specially engineered SMARTCORE composition, which creates the look of interior hardwood with the durability and strength that only a pure PVC product can achieve. Read on to learn the differences between wood, composite, and PVC decking.



The Basics​

  • Made from 100% pure PVC

  • Medium-high cost to purchase

  • Longest lifespan: 50+ year replacement

  • Specially engineered capping around all 4 sides increases resistance to scratching, staining, and fading

  • Will not warp or split with weather changes

  • Will not mold or rot

Look and feel

  • Interior hardwood look

  • LifeCap 

  • Smaller gaps and shorter planks look like flooring, not decking

  • Non-repeating lineal patterns and multi-chromatic colours

  • Completely hidden fasteners for a seamless look

  • UV protection resists heat for a cooler feel on the feet

  • Not slippery when wet

  • No risk of splinters or slivers

Install and Transport

  • Shorter, 48" planks in compact, easy-to handle packages

  • Easy to transport in an SUV or truck

  • Can be delivered directly to your door

  • Easy to cut and install with standard decking tools

  • Very low waste

  • Can be installed anywhere, including directly on the ground, around pools at hot tubs, etc.

Care and cleaning

  • Easy to clean with water

  • Resistance to staining of any kind

  • Zero maintenance

  • Tighter gaps reduces debris getting stuck between planks

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Wood Decking

​The Basics

  • Made from readily-available lumber

  • Lowest cost to purchase

  • Shortest lifespan: 10-year replacement on average

  • Requires yearly maintenance

  • Prone to excessive weathering

  • Prone to mold, rot, and bug infestations

  • Look and feel

  • Natural lumber appearance and weathering

  • Visible gaps and screws

  • Hard on bare feet - will splinter and feel hot to the touch 

Install and Transport

  • Long 14+ foot boards

Care and cleaning

  • ​Will stain easily

  • Large gaps between boards results in debris getting stuck


Composite Decking

​The Basics

  • Made from a combination of wood fibres and plastic

  • Medium-high cost to purchase

  • Mid-range lifespan: 25 year replacement on average

  • Prone to warping and scratching

  • More resistant to staining and fading than wood

  • More resistant to mold, rot, and bugs than wood, but still a risk

  • Look and feel

  • Tends to look like a plastic decking product

  • Large, visible gaps and fasteners

  • Typically repeating 

  • Less splintering than wood, but still a risk

  • Will get hotter to the touch than PVC

  • Install and Transport

  • Long 14+ foot boards

Care and cleaning

  • Lower maintenance than wood

  • Large gaps between boards results in debris getting stuck

  • Not recyclable due to wood and plastic fibres being mixed