TimberTech vs. AZEK - Choosing the Right Low-Maintenance Materials for Your Chicagoland Deck

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.

TimberTech – 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

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

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

DockSider – Ideal for heavy-use public places and docks near water

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

Earthwood Evolutions Tropical – Tropical tones with multicolored streaking creates an authentic grain pattern

Earthwood Evolutions Terrain – Value-conscious price points with the timeless appeal of earthy tones


  • 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

Arbor Collection – Warm, vibrant tones of exotic wood

Harvest Collection – Soft shades that compliment most popular siding colors

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

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

Tropical Collection – Rich colors that offer a timeless look

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

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 visit one of our design centers or call us at (847) 749-2373.

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