Mataverde® FSC Machiche Decking vs Synthetic Decking

Compare Machiche Decking to Plastic Decking and Synthetic Decking


machiche hardwood decking side by side with synthetic composite decking 

Photo: Mataverde Machiche hardwood decking side by side with synthetic composite decking


It’s no secret that premium hardwood decking from outperforms synthetic composite decking and plastic decking materials. Premium hardwood decking like decks made from Machiche hardwood decking is a naturally beautiful solution which will outperform synthetic decking in almost every measurable characteristic. Compare Mataverde FSC® certified Machiche decking to synthetic decking materials such as plastic decking and composite decking materials below.


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Mataverde Machiche Decking vs. Plastic and Composite Decking 

As you will see in the following chart, FSC Machiche high density hardwood decking outperforms synthetic plastic decking and composite decking on every comparison: span capacity, strength, expansion and contraction, scratch resistance, heat retention and more. 

Real wood product   Yes No No
Synthetic materials No Yes Yes
Expansion/Contraction Low High   High  
Heat retention   Low High   High  
Stability   High Low Low
Scratch resistance High Low Low
Can remove scratches easily Yes No No
Strength High Low Low
Span capacity High Low Low
Initial Decking cost  Moderate High   High  
Usable life expectancy   25+ years 10-20 years?* 10-15 years?**
Life Cycle cost  Low Medium High

* Plastic decking has only been available for a short length of time. It is not yet known how long this material will last.

** Composite decking materials have been in use for less than twenty years. Most initial materials had significant product failures. It is not yet known how long newer materials will last. Click here for more information about composite decking failures.