When searching for the right deck, many prospective deck owners wonder whether or not their furniture will scratch their deck’s surface or if their deck’s color will fade over time.
Quality PVC decking features scratch-resistant surface technology with a solid core, but, as with any surface, it is still possible to scratch a PVC deck when enough friction and pressure are applied. However, a few simple considerations can help ensure that your furniture won’t impact your deck’s surface.
Similarly to how you would protect your interior hardwood or laminate flooring, one of the most common ways to protect your deck from furniture scratches is to use nylon feet or nylon pads, also known as glides. Some furniture will already have a form of nylon protection attached during manufacturing, while other furniture will need to have nylon glides attached after purchase. Rubber pads are not recommended since rubber can discolor PVC decking. Glides can be found either online or at a hardware store. Some simply fit over the existing feet of your furniture, while others are attached by tapping the foot glide into the leg tubing at the bottom of the leg with a hammer, after the factory installed foot is removed.
When it comes to color fading, look for specially engineered deck boards that prevent color loss due to the elements. Compare decking and make sure your new deck boards have high levels of UV inhibitors and durable pigments which protect against damaging UV rays. In locations with particularly high levels of UV exposure, i.e. high altitude, it is very important to get your deck board choices right.