Composite Decking Reviews: Explore the New Prime+ Collection

July 22, 2020

Composite decking has come a long way since breaking into the outdoor living market more than three decades ago. Early on, composite deck boards were not manufactured with protective capping. The result? Board variation and fading due to moisture damage, temperature changes, and weathering. This led to less-than-satisfied composite decking reviews — but also, one of the industry’s greatest innovations: 3- and 4-sided capping around the boards.

If you’re new to composite decking, you might be wondering where to start — or maybe you’re ju­st looking for an attainable, durable option for your backyard. Gorgeous, 3-sided TimberTech® EDGE™ decking delivers enduring beauty without the costly maintenance associated with traditional lumber. Get ready for laid-back outdoor living.

Composite Decking Reviews: the New Prime+ Collection™

After listening closely to the needs of our homeowners, we expanded TimberTech EDGE decking to include the new, color-blended Prime+ Collection. Like all TimberTech EDGE decking, Prime+ boards are 3-sided capped composite deck boards that look gorgeous both upon install and for decades to come.

Available in scalloped profiles only.

Available in scalloped profiles only.

Prime+ boards include subtle color blending and a classic straight-grain pattern for a polished, attractive outdoor living space.

Your composite decking reviews and shared consumer experience drove our choice to expand our EDGE decking line. So how did we do? Let’s break down Prime+ across those categories of composite decking reviews most important to you:

  • Installation ease
  • Maintenance
  • Durability
  • Sustainability
  • Overall investment

Installation Ease: How Easy to Install Are Prime+ Deck Boards?

When assessing composite decking reviews, it was clear that homeowners like you were looking for both visible and hidden fastening options, plus a lighter weight board. To hit all these marks, Prime+ deck boards come with one board profile option and two shoulder profile options:

  • Board profiles: All Prime+ deck boards have scalloped bottoms, meaning the boards are lighter weight than full-profile boards while still delivering exceptional performance.
  • Shoulder profiles: Grooved boards, with channels routed out on the sides, allow for hidden fastening, while square-shoulder boards allow for easy top-down installation.

Lightweight & Seamless: TimberTech EDGE Prime+ Boards

scalloped profile
Scalloped Profile

A scalloped bottom made with less material which reduces weight without sacrificing durability or strength.

grooved board
Grooved Board

A board with capped grooves along both sides to allow for hidden fastening.

square shoulder
Square-Shoulder Board

A solid board that allows for easy top-down installation and color-matched screws or plugs for a seamless look.

Remember, all boards in the Prime+ Collection are scalloped, with either square or grooved shoulders. To ensure the fastening variety requested in your composite decking reviews, each shoulder option corresponds to a different TimberTech fastening system.

A collated, stainless steel system that provides three points of board-to-joist connection and a clean surface due to its hidden fasteners.

Color-matched TopLoc is easy to install thanks to18v drill set and a T20 drive to increase engagement with the screw head.

As always, check local building codes when considering whether or not to build your own deck , plus refer to all relevant installation guides.

Maintenance: What Kind of Upkeep Do Prime+ Deck Boards Need?

Like all TimberTech composite decking, Prime+ deck boards never require sanding, sealing, or staining. Why? Because Prime+ boards are engineered from a wood and polymer composite core protected by a fully synthetic 3-sided cap.

It’s no surprise that one of the main concerns homeowners voice in their composite decking reviews has to do with maintenance costs. Prime+ boards’ synthetic capping means that weathering agents like moisture can’t leach into your deck boards and fade, warp, or erode the board.

Unlike with traditional lumber — like pressure-treated wood — you won’t need to re-stain or power wash every few years. Opting for Prime+ composite decking also means you won’t need to complete a wholesale deck replacement at the 10-year mark.

With Wood Decks, the Dollars Don't Make Sense

Over the course of 10 years, wood decking maintenance will run you an estimated three times the maintenance cost of a TimberTech EDGE deck.

Durability: How Long-Lasting Are Prime+ Deck Boards?

As a collection in the TimberTech EDGE line, Prime+ deck boards come backed by reliable warranties: a 25-Year Limited Product Warranty and 25-Year Fade & Stain Warranty.


Sustainability: What Kind of Materials Are in Prime+ Deck Boards?

TimberTech composite deck boards are made of up to 80% recycled material overall, and with 100% recycled wood. No trees are ever felled in the making of any TimberTech decking product. That means an environmentally-friendly outdoor living space that cuts costs instead of trees. Your Prime+ deck will therefore not only look great — it’s a choice you can feel great about, too.

Traditional wood can’t say the same. Pressure-treated lumber will weather and discolor over time, even when properly maintained. That comes at a high financial cost to you, and a high ecological cost to the environment — deck stains release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air, which can cause health problems and air pollution.

Overall Investment: What Kind of Investment Level Are Prime+ Deck Boards?

The three collections in the TimberTech EDGE line offer attractive decking at an accessible price point. Prime+ boards are therefore ideal for those considering making the transition to composite decking — or for anyone seeking a reliable, gorgeous outdoor living solution.

Calculating Prime+ Material Costs for Your Deck

Factors like deck size, railing, and more will affect the overall materials cost of your composite deck. The good news? We have the tools to help you estimate.


There’s no better time than now to bring the high-style, low-maintenance beauty of capped composite decking to your backyard.

See & Feel the TimberTech Advantage

Our capped polymer and capped composite decking lines combine recycled material with all the beauty of traditional wood.

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