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May 14, 2021

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MoistureShield Composite Decking Review

MoistureShield Composite Decking FI
PTR Review
  • Build Quality 8.5
  • Value 8.5
  • Performance 9.5
  • Ease of Installation 9.0

Composite decking is not cheap, but that doesn't mean it can't be a great value. If you're looking to replace your decking soon, I'd definitely take a good look at MoistureShield.

Overall Score 8.8 (out of 10)

Build Quality

MoistureShield composite decking will last longer than wood, and it should retain the color and integrity better. The limited lifetime warranty covers fading and staining as well.


It definitely cuts nicer than wood, without any chips or tear out. Installation is pretty simple, especially once you get into a groove. It’s a product you can add to your client offering easily or tackle as a DIY project with a little framing knowledge.

One thing that struck us during the installation is process is how easily the boards can lose their straightness, but a little persuasion and some chalk lines keep things straight.

Old and New
Old and New

Value

Understanding value is much more than just a price tag. The MoistureShield 1”x6” decking will run in the range of $50 to $80 per 16′ board. Keep in mind, you’ll still need to purchase fasteners, trim boards, accessories, and railing. Labor costs will need to be considered as well.

I’m not necessarily trying to make a statement about how expensive the MoistureShield composite decking is or isn’t – we all know it’s more expensive than wood. Quite simply, you’ll need to determine what type of investment you or your client want to make in a home deck or porch. It may be that the upfront costs of installing this decking will be outweighed by the added value to the home. Or perhaps you want a deck that you won’t have to worry about for the rest of your life. I’m 46, and I just put a metal roof on my home along with this MoistureShield composite decking. I don’t plan on having to do either one again. For me, that’s a huge value.

Living with MoistureShield Composite Decking

Smooth and ComfortableWalking around on the new MoistureShield Vision composite decking is like walking on butter compared to walking on rough, 35-year-old lumber that hasn’t been painted since installation. Just looking at that old deck can make you wince. The proud nail-heads make wearing shoes a requirement. By comparison, the MoistureShield composite decking feels downright luxurious.

Not only does the new decking feel good, but it also cleans up extremely well. With a small cordless blower, you can easily blow off just about anything. If something gets spilled, you can easily hose it off or wipe it up with a towel.


Some MoistureShield composite decking comes with their CoolDeck technology, which keeps the surface of the deck cool in the sunlight. Our Vision line doesn’t. Living in the Central Florida heat, the deck gets pretty warm, but you can still walk on it barefoot on the hottest days.

Conclusion

Before, you had an old wooden deck that was ugly, degrading, uncomfortable, and diminishing your home’s value. With some time and effort (or a call to a local contractor) you can have a beautiful deck that’s easy to clean, feels comfortable in bare feet, and adds value to your home.

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Understanding the complete system and all the options and accessories takes a bit to master. It definitely makes sense to sit down with a professional that knows and understands the MoistureShield line/s before completing an order. You want to also confirm which products are in stock, so you’re not waiting for new product to be manufactured.

In the end, the MoistureShield composite decking is a great product that promises to stand the test of time. Whether you’re looking to install a new deck yourself, or you’re looking for a new line of decking to offer your customers, MoistureShield composite decking is absolutely worth your consideration.

To discover more, check out the MoistureShield website.

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Dtconst

I have a customer that I installed a Moisture Shield deck for and after only a few months, the decking was covered with black spots. After contacting the rep, they were told to clean it with a product not available in Canada and after 4 attempts to remove the spots they were still there. Then, after a year , the decking had faded so badly that it looked like a totally different colour. Again , they contacted the company only to be told, after several months of waiting for a response, that there isn’t a warranty against fading on their… Read more »

Valerie Hanson

I am a homeowner who chose Moisture Shield decking due to limitations imposed by our homeowner’s association. Ordered materials in early June, but the deck was not completed until September because the MS materials were delivered severely damaged with gouges, mold, and warping. Lowe’s took the damaged materials back, but it took FOREVER to get the replacement materials to us. A representative came out to view the damages, but after many forms and pictures Moisture Shield took no action to address our concerns. Poor customer responsiveness, ignored our emails. Only use Moisture Shield if you can tolerate the time, effort,… Read more »

Julie Pelletier

After less than one year my deck appear to be older than 10 years. COmplete decoloration, white stripe visible. Its just doesn’t look like a new one. I’m very insatisfy and regret having this produtc I don’t recommand that.

Corie Fisher

Our MoistureShield decking had to be replaced twice in 10 years due to extreme warping, causing liability issues for homeowner. Contractor blames the material. Says installation was correct. Truly, does composite only last 5 years? We thought we were getting the best product. As women, are we being played?

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