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Fiberon Decking and Outdoor Living Products

While most composite decking manufacturers have more than one version of their product, Fiberon appears to have gone out of its way to confuse customers with no fewer than six versions. They just couldn't help reinventing their product line. I will try on this page to make it as unconfusing as possible. Rather than Good, Better, Best quality levels (like Trex), Fiberon hints at its quality variations with Dollar Signs. The more economical versions are assigned one dollar sign, while the most expensive have three dollar signs. The truth is that all versions are most likely great products, and you may end up choosing based the what looks most appealing as well as cost.
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Fiberon ArmorGuard

Fiberon ArmorGuard

This is the company's economic version that is sold through Home Depot. It rates one $. It is available in three multi-tonal colors and has an embossed texture. It is capped on three sides and has scalloping which helps to lower the cost by reducing the amount of composite content. The web announces that new colors are coming soon. It is backed by a 25-year warranty.
Fiberon GoodLife

Fiberon GoodLife

is available in a total of six colors, four variegated or "multi-tonal) and two solid color for people who like the painted or stained look. It is capped on three sides and scalloped to reduce content and cost, but more subtly than the Armorguard. It rates a single $. 25-year fade and stain warranty.
Fiberon Sanctuary

Fiberon Santuary

rates two $$. The web site says that it is available in five solid colors, though this photo of the Sanctuary Mooring makes it look like there is some color streaking.
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Fiberon Paramount

Fiberon Paramount

As a general category, this section of the web site is called "Composite Decking". However, not all alternative decking is composite. In this case, Paramount is an all-PVC material. No wood pulp, just plastic. Paramount gets two $$, perhaps because it is capped on three sides, not all the way around. Now, this is where it gets a little confusing, and the company does not explain it. If it is PVC all the way through, not a wood-plastic composite, what is the capping made of? It may be a different plastic, such as HDPE (high density polyethylene), but the company does not say. This, in my opinion, is fair. They are allowed their proprietary secret ingredient information. Paramount is available in four colors, two multi-tonal (like the Brownstone example shown above), and two solid colors. It has a 50-year fade and stain warranty.
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Fiberon Concordia

Fiberon Concordia

is top of the line. It gets three $$$. I did not get a sample of this variation, so the photo above is from the web site. It is capped on all four sides, and the Fiberon web site says that it is double sided or "reversible." What is not clear, at least to me, is whether there is one type of embossed grain on one side and a different type on the other side. Shown in this photo is a tight vertical grain pattern. There are eight different colors categorized in three "collections:" the "Astir" collection in a "rustic cathedral" grain and "multi-tonal hues," the "Horizon Collection" in a "sweeping cathedral grain with dramatic streaking that emulates exotic hardwoods," and the "Symmetry Collection,…featuring a low-gloss formula and micro-texturing to create a wire-brushed finish." In the end, homeowners have to just look at the options and see what they like the look of. The marketing department should be forgiven for their use of creative naming and language because they have to describe the variations in the product somehow. The Concordia version of their decking is 94% recycled material and has 50-year fade and stain warranty.
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Fiberon Promenade

Fiberon Promenade

is rated with three $$$ so it is also a premium version. Unlike Concordia, which has a wood-plastic composite core, Promenade has a PVC (vinyl) core. Yet, it is capped on all four sides with something, It is available in six multi-tonal colors and has a 50-year limited fade and stain warranty. Across the industry, PVC decking is more expensive than capped composite decking. My own opinion is that the higher price reflects higher materials cost and not necessarily better performance quality. In the end, you choose the decking your contractor can source and is comfortable working with… along with how much you like the look of it.
The Fiberon web site is: https://www.fiberondecking.com
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