Zuri Decking Review: Pros, Cons and Costs

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There are a lot of decking options out there for you to choose from. But how do you know which is the best choice for you? Word of mouth and research are the most common sources for homeowners looking to add a deck to their home.

For the research side, we have you covered. In this Zuri decking review, we will take a close look at the brand, decking styles and features offered. We will address the styles, colors, pros, cons and find out what previous owners have to say.

If you are in the market for a new deck and don’t want to stick to the traditional wood decking, Zuri may be for you. Let’s dive in and find out for sure.

Top Rated Decking Materials

There are a lot of things you can build a deck from, but some work better and last longer than others. Here are the top rated and proven decking materials, including Zuir’s PVC.

  • Pressure Treated Lumber. The tried and true decking material that was the standard for decades.
  • Composite wood. A more expensive alternative, but one with longevity and low maintenance.
  • PVC. Strong, weather resistant and durable. PVC is also highly affordable. This is the material (cellular PVC) that Zuri uses exclusively. 
  • Aluminum. A strong, durable and corrosion resistant material that is affordable and surprisingly comfortable.
  • Ironwood. Woods like Ipe and Cumaru will last significantly longer than pressure treated wood.

Who is Zuri Decking?

who is zuri decking

Zuri Decking is a product made by Westlake Royal Building Products. This is a Canadian-based company that has grown and undergone major changes since 1970. Starting as Royal Plastics in Toronto, the company started as a manufacturer of window profiles and plastic products.

In 1985, the company moved into the siding industry and continued its exponential growth. Their main product at the time was called Thermostop, a weatherseal product made primarily of PVC. By 1996, two years after going public, the brand phased out all wood products and was solely a PVC and plastics company.

In the late 1990s the company was acquired, integrated and expanded. Recently acquired (2016) by Westlake Chemical, the brand is a Fortune 500 company and the largest single extruder of cellular PVC in North America.

Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Right Decking

Before you decide on a single brand or style of decking, you should consider several factors. Below, we cover those important factors and why they are important to your decision making process. 

Project Size

The overall size of your project should be taken in square feet as well as linear feet. Decking material is generally sold by the linear foot, including installation costs. However, accessories, add-ons and extras are sold by the square foot.

You may also need a permit to build your deck and the paperwork to apply for the permit will ask for these numbers. It is also important for installation. Knowing these measurements will tell you where the joists and support beams, posts and decking need to go.

Material Type

When it comes to decking you have a lot of choices for materials. PVC and composite, as well as aluminum, natural wood, ironwood and more are available. Some will cost a lot more than others, some will require extra work, upkeep or maintenance.

You also need to decide what you want from your deck. For example, if you plan to include a hot tub or run the decking up to the side of the swimming pool, you will want a fade resistant, waterproof material.

Zuri decking is waterproof and durable, making it ideal for decks with hot tubs, poolside or as a general “all-around” decking material.

Board Selection (Color, Length, Style)

When selecting the actual decking, you need to know how your chosen material is sold. Some deck boards come in multiple lengths, widths and styles. Others have more limited choices. You may be able to customize the color, or have to settle for what is offered.

Make sure you have an idea of what the finished project will look like, including colors, plank widths, patterns and details. Another important factor is the style of the board. Many aren’t just square boards, but can be grooved, scalloped, hollow or solid.

Zuri decking is 1-inch thick, 5-inches wide and comes in three different lengths to fit any project size or scope. You can even mix and match lengths of various colors to create intricate pattern work on your deck.

Installation Method

Decking is one of the few home projects that can be a DIY project or professionally installed. In many cases professional installation is preferred as the tools, scope of the project and speed of completion are better than with a DIY project.

However, for those looking to save significant money, it isn’t outside the scope of possibility to be completed by the homeowner. Your timetable, desire, knowledge of the process and budget will be the biggest factors to make that decision.

Zuri decking makes it easy to install their boards using hidden fastener systems and complete instructions provided for the DIY enthusiasts.

Accessories

Decks aren’t just wood planks to walk on. They incorporate style, railings, stairs, pathways, lighting, heating and cooling options, cladding, fascias and so much more. You need to know what accessories and options are available and which you want or need for your space. 

Westlake Royal offers more than just decking. The brand also has soffits, trim and moldings, shutters, vents, stone and roofing. Many options also have the same colors as the Zuri decking to compliment or match your decking project.

Cost & Warranty

The actual cost of your project will have a lot of factors that go into the final number. Material and size of the deck are the biggest factors, but it also depends on where you live and when you install the deck.

Things like labor fees, clean up costs, permits and structural repairs should also be accounted for. Total price is not something that is easily determined. However, what you can get is an average to base your budget around.

Zuri decking PVC is more expensive than many other materials, including most composite deck options. However, it does have a longer life when properly cared for making it an investment worth the higher cost for many customers.

With all materials, installation options and country-wide regions included, the average deck cost is between $6600 and $10,000. Your actual cost can be drastically higher or lower, but an average will give you a starting point to consider.

Zuri Decking Review

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Now that you know what to look for when buying your decking material, let’s dive into the main review. Zuri decking is one option out of many, but is it the right one for you? Let’s find out.

What is Zuri Decking Made of?

Zuri decking is an odd duckling in the decking pond. The material is a cellular composite of PVC. This is similar to composite decking but without the wood pulp. However, unlike other PVC decking products, Zuri is a layered construction similar to interior laminate or LVP planks.

The base layer is full PVC with a design layer or photo layer on top. This is what gives the plank its color and detail. On top of this is a wear layer that is clear, durable and UV resistant. This layer is extruded acrylic to allow the photo layer to show through.

Zuri Decking Colors

Zuri offers you 6 total colors or patterns and there are no customization options. You can choose from Chestnut, Walnut, Pecan or Hickory. These four options range in tone from light to dark brown and mimic the wood grain pattern of the wood they are named for.

You can also choose the vibrant reddish brown of Brazilia, which mimics the appearance of ironwoods like Ipe decking. Finally, you have the option of Weathered Gray, which, as the name implies, is a gray-brown faded color style with a deep wood grain pattern included.

Board Styles

Zuri decking boards are available in two styles, square board or grooved board. All PVC decking is installed just like actual wood, using screws and nails to secure the boards in place. However, with grooved boards you can use a hidden fastener system that will lock the boards in place without the need for decking nails and filling holes.

You also have the option of board length, with options of 12, 16 or 20 feet long. All Zuri boards are 1-inch thick and 5.5-inches wide.

All Zuri decking boards are also coated with Zuri Trivance topcoat. This is a UV protection that resists fading and staining. You still need to be careful, though, as many chemicals, including gasoline and nail polish can stain PVC regardless of topcoat.

Installing Zuri Decking

With Zuri it is highly recommended that you hire a professional familiar with the product for a proper installation. Finding a contractor can be a difficult task. Unfortunately, Zuri isn’t popular enough yet for a lot of contractors to be familiar with its installation process.

However, if you need help finding that one contractor in your local area, we can help. Our partner, Networx, provides you a free to use tool that will put you in direct contact with contractors that have been fully vetted and checked for all licenses, experience, ratings and reviews.

If you do decide to install the decking yourself, Zuri offers a thorough and detailed guide for every step of the process. This PDF is freely available, and is included with each purchase. It will cover the steps for handling, shipping, unpacking, board selection, installation, design, and even after care.

It is highly recommended that you read through the instructions a few times to become familiar with the process before you attempt to move a single board. Missing a step or mishandling the decking can void the warranty.

Where to Buy

Zuri decking is not readily available in stores or even online like many other brands. The best option is to find a local contractor or dealer that will carry the brand or have samples to show that they can order for you.

To find the dealer or contractor, you should head to the official Westlake Royal website and use the “Find Our Products” link from the decking page. Once you enter your zip code any nearby contractors and dealers will appear on the map with contact information listed for you.

Known Zuri Decking Problems: What Others Are Saying

When looking at previous owners, their reviews are relatively mixed in both positive, glowing reviews and negative ones. There are a lot of factors at play so you need to be cautious if you base your final decision off of a review you read online.

For the most part the reviews are overall positive. Once the decking is installed there are few issues for most owners. However, there are some that complain the decking does warp or lift at the ends. Some state the boards contract but do not expand again, leaving gaps between the boards.

For the most part, these issues are due to improper installation, and reinforce the recommendation for professional install. Others complain about the acrylic wear layer and photo layer underneath) cracking or peeling up over time.

Still, even through all this most reviews and ratings claim no issues and a fully functional, beautiful deck several years after install.

Zuri Decking Pricing

Getting an accurate price for your project is almost impossible. Every deck is different and the cost will also vary greatly. The actual cost you pay will depend on the type of boards, connections, installation method, who performs the installation, where you are located and much more.

What we can do, though, is offer some averages based on known fees from around the country to give you a better idea of what you are looking at. For Zuri decking itself, including the fasteners, boards, end coat paint, fascia boards and stairs for a complete deck, the cost will be higher than other decking types.

Composite wood is also quite expensive up front, but Zuri PVC decking is even more expensive. On average you will pay between $70 and $140 per linear foot (installed). This range covers all three board lengths, too.

A full decking project with Zuri decking boards, for an average sized deck (120 square feet, or 10’x12’) will fall between $8500 to $11,000. 

Zuri Pros, Cons and Ratings

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Now we will look at the good and bad sides of the brand as a whole. We will also give the brand and decking a rating based on several common factors.

ProsCons
UV resistantHigh initial cost
Highly fade resistantLimited colors
25-year (prorated) warrantyLimited board styles and sizes
Doesn’t get slippery when wetNot available everywhere
Meets all ADA access requirements 

Zuri Deck Ratings

  • Selection: 2
  • Warranty: 3.5
  • Durability: 3.5
  • Installation: 3.5
  • Price: 2.5
  • Quality: 4
  • Eco-Friendliness: 3

 

  • Overall Rating: 3.1

Zuri Decking Vs. Trex Decking

Trex and Zuri may seem similar at first glance. They have some similarities, as both use plastics in their manufacturing process. However, they are more different than they are alike.

Trex is arguably the biggest brand in the composite decking industry, and certainly the most popular. They offer several styles, and over 20 colors to choose from, compared to the single style and 6 colors offered by Zuri.

Trex is also readily available online or through Lowe’s and Home Depot (both in store and online). Zuri is sold through dealers and authorized contractors only. To get a full understanding you can read our full Trex decking review.

However, what you need to know for the purposes of this review is that Trex offers more, is more readily available and has stronger, more economical decking. Trex costs are lower than Zuri and the warranties are the same (25-years).

The biggest factor, though, is that more contractors are familiar with Trex and finding an installer that knows the product is much easier and usually cheaper.

Frequently Asked Questions

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In this section we will cover the most commonly asked questions about Zuri and decking in general. If you have further questions or concerns, please use the comment section below.

Q. Does Zuri offer end coat paint to match their boards?

  1. Yes, you can get all the materials needed to finish your project directly from Zuri, including end cap paint to match all six color options. 

Q. Will Zuri decks expand and contract?

  1. Zuri is made from cellular PVC, which expands and contracts. How much will depend on the amount of temperature change and how rapid that change occurs. Zuri is also known to contract more than it expands, which can lead to larger gaps between the boards. Most importantly, though, Zuri decking expands lengthwise, not width-wise. 

Q. What is the required joist spacing when installing Zuri PVC decking?

  1. For residential applications (without added structures like hot tubs or spas), the joist spacing should be 16” o.c. If you are doing a commercial project, you can reduce the spacing to 12” on center, though.

Q. When is the best time to install Zuri decking materials?

  1. Zuri recommends a warmer installation temperature, so spring and fall are ideal for construction of your deck. According to the installation manual, Zuri decks should be installed when the temperature is 40 degrees (Fahrenheit) or higher. If the temperature is below 40 degrees the paint and glue will not stick to the decking.

Conclusion

Building a deck on your home is an exciting project, but it isn’t always a simple one. Before you can even begin, though, you need to decide on the decking materials you will use for construction and the brand that will supply those materials.

One of the many options out there is from Zuri. The PVC decking is strong, durable, slip resistant and available in 6 wood grain patterns and colors. However, it isn’t the most popular brand and can be difficult to locate.

If you do decide to go with Zuri, you will have a deck you can enjoy for decades to come. Just ensure you get the deck installed by a trained professional to avoid any of the known problems with the material.

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Nora has more than 5 years experience in the floor covering industry, acquiring vast knowledge about installation and material selection. She now enjoys working as a writer and an interior decorator. Her work has been featured in The Spruce, Homes & Gardens, Southern Living and Real Homes. See full biography here.

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