TimberTech vs AZEK: Choosing the Best Low Maintenance Materials for Your Deck

Which composite decking is the best? Archadeck brings a comprehensive guide to the low maintenance and composite decking products TimberTech and AZEK offer.


TimberTech vs Azek Composite and Low Maintenance Decking

Are you considering a low maintenance or composite deck?  Low maintenance materials are a great option for those who want a deck but do not want to go through the hassle of sanding and staining frequently.  One quick search on the internet, however, can leave you feeling bombarded with options.  How do you know which companies are the best and which products will be right for your project?  

At Archadeck of Chicagoland, we have done the research, tested the products, and vetted the companies.  The products we recommend to our clients are TimberTech and AZEK.  They have quality materials and stand behind their product.  Both TimberTech and AZEK offer a wide variety of boards and colors, with each collection offering unique characteristics.

Do synthetic blends, capstock, and PVC decking options have you scratching your head?  Here is our comprehensive guide the many low maintenance and composite decking products TimberTech and AZEK offer and what makes them great options.


Wood-Plastic Composite Decking

  • A synthetic blend of wood flour and plastic
  • Sensible decking options designed for the value-conscious homeowner
  • Economical price points
  • Traditional wood-like appearance


A versatile plank with different textured surfaces on either side of the board

TimberTech Twin Finish Grey


A step up from wood with a low maintenance wood-like look

Timbertech ReliaBoard Cedar with Traditional Walnut Rails


Ideal for heavy-use public places and docks near water

TimberTech Docksider Cedar

Capped Composite Decking

  • A synthetic blend of wood flour and plastic with a PVC skin for additional protection
  • VertiGrain™ surface won’t trap dirt or dust and mimics the look of real wood
  • 25-Year Fade and Stain Warranty

Earthwood Evolutions Legacy

A hand-scraped hardwood look that adapts to any décor

TimberTech Earthwood Evolutions Legacy Ashwood

Earthwood Evolutions Tropical

Tropical tones with multicolored streaking creates an authentic grain pattern

TimberTech Earthwood Evolutions Tropical Pacific Teak and Pacific Walnut

Earthwood Evolutions Terrain

Value-conscious price points with the timeless appeal of earthy tones

TimberTech Earthwood Evolutions Terrain Sandy Birch


PVC Decking

  • PVC engineering guarantees the ultimate in scratch, mildew and stain resistance.
  • Flat grain surface texture
  • Stain and scratch resistant
  • Mold and mildew resistant
  • Resistant to moisture and insects

Vintage Collection

Realistic wood appearance with rich textures and colors.

AZEK Vintage Collection Cypress

Arbor Collection

Warm, vibrant tones of exotic wood

AZEK Arbor Collection Redland Rose

Harvest Collection

Soft shades that compliment most popular siding colors

AZEK Harvest Collection Brownstone

Terra Collection

Rich earth tones with enhanced grain textures that compliment any housing exterior

AZEK Terra Collection Tahoe and Redwood

XLM Decking

  • Premium PVC decking plank
  • Stain and scratch resistant
  • Mold and mildew resistant
  • Resistant to moisture and insects
  • Stands up to heavy traffic and all that comes with an active lifestyle, such as children, pets, entertaining, etc.

Natural Collection

Earthy and subdued colors blend seamlessly with your environment

AZEK XLM Tropical Collection Mountain Cedar

Tropical Collection

Rich colors that offer a timeless look.

AZEK XLM Tropical Harvest Bronze

PVC Trim

  • Covers the wood structural pieces with low maintenance materials, pulling the entire project together
  • Maintains a “like new” appearance in all types of weather
  • Resists cupping, swelling and chipping for lasting good looks
  • Resists moisture and insects.
  • 25-year Limited Warranty

AZEK Trim White

Are you looking for a Chicago area deck builder for your new deck or outdoor living project?  We would love to hear from you!  You may sign up for a Free Design Consultation or call us at (847) 749-2373.

See you in the backyard!

Author: Archadeck of Chicagoland

As the owner of Archadeck of Chicagoland, I am dedicated to helping our Chicagoland homeowners create and enjoy the outdoor living space of their dreams. We believe the great outdoors is a place for families and friends to come together for fun and laughter.

8 thoughts on “TimberTech vs AZEK: Choosing the Best Low Maintenance Materials for Your Deck”

  1. Can you shovel snow off of the decking material without ruining the finish? We live in the north and let our dogs out off of our deck in the winter. we shovel to get them out of the entrance door. Thank you

  2. Hi, my name is Jairod Laudig
    I’m having a above ground saltwater pool installed in a couple of weeks. I looking for the best product on the market. It’s going to be a saltwater pool. What product do you recommend? Timbertech or Azek? It’s going to be a 15’x30′ oval pool. I’m going to do a rectangular 30’×36′ around it. Will it make a clean cut on a radius and what does anyone recommend on finishing on the poolside? Anyone have any ideas?

    1. Jairod,

      The safe answer is wood. Having said that, we are avid users of Timbertech & Azek products. Both would perform well around the pool. Keep in mind that Saltwater pools have a very low salt level. Nothing like the ocean.

  3. Does the woodgrain-look of the Harvest collection end up looking like a repetitive pattern? Does stepping up to the Arbor collection offer anything other than less of a fake swirl-grain look? Thank you very much.

    1. That’s a great point you make. It is very much opinion based when it comes to the aesthetics of the patterns. Our best advice would be to view some samples from a dealer to see larger boards and find a pattern that best fits your needs.

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