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What is Composite Decking: Benefits & Colours

Composite decking offers the beauty of wood without the drawbacks of potential corroding or splintering. This low-maintenance decking option holds up to the extreme Canadian weather with minimal thermal expansion and contraction, maximizing the stability of each deck board and provide long lasting durability.

What is Composite Decking?

Composite decking cuts and handles like wood and is easy to install. Each composite decking brand offers a variety of colours, shades and patterns in various widths and lengths. Construction techniques differ for composite decking compared to traditional wood decking, as composite boards are installed on a pressure-treated lumber sub-structure for a new deck or replacement. Composite decking is smooth to the touch, barefoot-friendly and provides excellent traction.

Composite deck boards are made mainly of either wood flour, (a recycled post-industrial material), PVC, polyethylene, crushed minerals or a polypropylene blend.

Mineral based composite (MBC) is a mix of polypropylene and a proprietary blend of minerals, including calcium carbonate.  It is up to 35% lighter than a wood composite, with virtually no water absorption or thermal expansion and contraction. It provides the industry’s best strength to weight ratio.

Key Benefits of Composite Deck Boards

  • High durability
  • No staining or painting required - saves time and money!
  • No risk of rotting, splintering, cracking, or warping
  • Wide assortment of colours
  • Low maintenance: easy to clean and install
  • Weather resistant
  • Slip resistant

At The Home Depot, you will find Deckorators, DuraLife, Veranda and Trex Composites brands — all backed by a 25 year structural warranty, with additional 25 year no fade and stain warranty. The following chart indicates our selection of colours for each brand.



Patio on a deck, made of composite decking from Deckorators, with a view to a lake, forest and mountains.

Fieldstone Grey

Lakeview Grey

Riverside Brown

Timberline Brown

Coastland Brown

Picture Frame




DuraLife MVP

Brazilian Cherry

Garapa Grey


Veranda Elite


Panama Grey

Brazilian Ash

Veranda HP Decking




Trex Select

Pebble Grey


Winchester Grey

Trex Transcend – Earth Tones and Tropical Tones

Gravel Path

Rope Swing

Havana Gold

Island Mist

Spiced Rum

Tiki Torch

Trex Transcend Lineage



Trex Enhance Basics

Clam Shell

Beach Dune


Trex Enhance Naturals

Foggy Wharf

Coastal Bluff

Toasted Sand

Rocky Harbor

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