As you compare MoistureShield decking boards to Wolf’s PVC Serenity, five essential elements should be taken into account.
- Slip Resistance
Are you curious about the differences between MoistureShield and Wolf’s PVC Serenity decking? Let’s explore how each of these brands measures up.
Right of the top.
MoistureShield has more colour options and price options than Wolf’s Serenity. But Serenity offers more slip resistance backed by a fuller and longer warranty.
But we must dig a little deeper to determine which composite decking is best suited for your needs. Examining the distinctions between different materials, we can make an informed decision based on comparisons of their particular qualities.
Is it a matter of subjective opinion?
I will try to understand my viewpoint, explaining why I came to my conclusion.
But some things like appearance are hugely subjective.
While my opinion is that Wolf’s PVC Serenity would be the ideal pick to spruce up your deck, I understand we may not agree on what makes a deck board look good.
Now, let’s begin our comparison by exploring where Wolf’s PVC Serenity is a superior choice to MoistureShield.
So let’s get into it, starting with where Wolf’s PVC Serenity is better than MoistureShield.
- How is Wolf's PVC Serenity Better than MoistureShield?
- MoistureShield VS Wolf's PVC Serenity for Slip Resistance
- MoistureShield VS Wolf's PVC Serenity for Warranty
- How is MoistureShield Better than Wolf's PVC Serenity Decking?
- MoistureShield VS Wolf's PVC Serenity for Appearance
- MoistureShield VS Wolf's PVC Serenity Price
- MoistureShield VS Wolf's PVC Serenity for Durability
How is Wolf’s PVC Serenity Better than MoistureShield?
Out of the 5 most important metrics for assessing decking, Wolf’s PVC Serenity outperforms MoistureShield in these key areas.
- Slip resistance
Let’s look at traction first, then the warranty behind their PVC decking.
MoistureShield VS Wolf’s PVC Serenity for Slip Resistance
Slip resistance is an important factor to consider when choosing composite decking. Better slip-resistant surfaces that provide a safer environment for you, your family and guests.
Wolf’s PVC Serenity has a surface texture that provides a high level of slip resistance. So high that it puts it near the top of our list of best slip-resistance composite decking.
|Wolf Serenity||0.74 – 0.85||0.75 – 0.87|
|Elevate™ (MoistureShield Data)||0.69||0.63|
But to be fair, MoistureShield’s Vision line also ranks very well when wet but falls short when dry. Which may cause you to fall the time when you are most likely to be walking out on your deck, on a dry, sunny day.
This is even more noticeable compared to Wolf Serenity, which in all practicality, has the same amount of traction both when wet and dry.
MoistureShield’s Elevate is similar but with lower levels of traction but is more consistent.
But still, Serenity is the better of the two brands. Therefore, we are giving them the win for slip resistance.
MoistureShield VS Wolf’s PVC Serenity for Warranty
Warranty is an important factor to consider when choosing composite decking for your home. The length and coverage will often increase your peace of mind. MoistureShield and Wolf’s PVC Serenity Decking are two popular composite decking brands offering the benefits of durability with limited maintenance.
However, the warranty offered by each brand varies, so it’s important to understand the difference between the two before making a decision.
Length of Warranty
Right off the bat, Serenity pulls in a win with a 50-year warranty. A warranty that includes the 3 essential and common features of structural fade & stain.
MoistureShield also has a 50-year structural warranty on all their composite decking but differs with fade and staining.
- Vision® has a 50-year warranty
- Meridian™ has a 40-year warranty
- Elevate™ has a 30-year warranty
- Vantage, none
MositureShield’s best line, Vision, is very similar to Wolf’s Serenity, but the other lines do not compete.
But that is only at first glance. Prorating warranty also separates the two brands.
MoistureShield structural warranty pays 100% the first year if it peels, curls, warps or in some other way fails. However, the payout decreases by 2% annually following that, which means at year 10, you will only be receiving 82%.
Wolf Serenity boasts an impressive payout of 100% for the first 10 years. After that, it drops to 80%, then 60%, and continues decreasing in increments of 20% every decade.
So if your decking fails in years 11, 21, 31, and 41, the payout is the same between both brands. But any other year, Wolf will compensate you better if their decking fails.
As an added bonus after 50 years, Wolf will still pay out 10% of the cost of the decking. That’s a long time away, but still, that’s impressive.
Fading and Staining Prorating
MoistureShield’s decking lines all have varying rates of depreciation for staining and fading, but the first 10 years are all 100% covered – except for Vantage, which carries no warranty.
Vision is very similar to Wolf’s warranty. Except it drops by smaller increments, 10% more frequently than Serenity which drops by 20% every decade. In some years, Serenity will payout more if it fades, others’ Vision, so it really depends on which year you make the claim. Overall the difference is insignificant.
Relatively new to composite decking but rapidly becoming standard. With more and more companies helping to cover installation costs if you make a warranty claim.
This is huge because labour is a significant part of replacing decking.
Here again, Wolf pulls ahead with a 5-year labour warranty.
Compared with MoistureShield offering 5 years for Premium Contractors and only 2 years for it Plus contractors.
So from payout, length of fading and staining warranty combined with 5 years labour warranty Wolf Serenity has the better warranty of the two companies.
How is MoistureShield Better than Wolf’s PVC Serenity Decking?
There are something which MoistureShield is better. For example.
- Appearance (Number of Colours)
- Price (Costing less with more options)
Let’s start with looks and move to money.
MoistureShield VS Wolf’s PVC Serenity for Appearance
Beauty is very subjective, but it’s undeniable that the appearance of your decking plays a considerable role.
Talking to decking salespeople, appearance is often the key factor in determining customers’ selections.
This is further proven by the number of sample boxes and displays lining deck store walls.
Let’s begin with the colours.
How many does each brand offer?
MoistureShield has 4 lines with 18 colours.
- Smokey Gray
- Spanish Leather
These 3 include CoolDeck Technology
- Cathedral Stone
- Cold Brew
Vision presents a multitude of colours with textures that capture the look of genuine hardwood floors.
All 3 colours of Meridian include CoolTechnolgy.
Meridian offers a lower-profile, wood grain pattern similar to Vision With the grains of the wood being less pronounced with gentle and delicate wood grain textures.
- Lake Fog
- Alpine Gray
The Meridian look – but with a scalloped design to make it more wallet-friendly.
- Cape Cod Gray
- Seasoned Mahogany
An uncapped version of Vision in wood grains appearance.
Wolf Serenity PVC has 2 lines with 11 colours.
- Black Walnut
- Silver Teak
- Golden Cypress
- Driftwood Grey
- Weathered Ipe.
A vibrant spectrum of hues with a lifelike woodgrain finish.
• Habour Grey
A refreshing coastal colour palette with a solid finish.
MoistureShield is the clear winner when it comes to offering homeowners a wider range of colours. MoistureShield has four lines with 18 distinct colours, while Wolf’s PVC Serenity Decking only offers two lines with 11 colour options.
There are others things about appearance to consider, like texture and wood grains.
MoistureShield colour is a little more playdough-looking than Wolf. Also, their texture is more like an old wood barn grain board, whereas Wolf is the look of a wire brush.
MoistureShield VS Wolf’s PVC Serenity Price
MoistureShield decking will cost less than Wolf’s PVC Serenity Decking. MoistureShield boards start around $2.75 per linear foot and go up to about $6.50 for the MoistureShield Vision line.
On the other hand, Wolf Serenity PVC decking boards are more expensive and start at an average of $6.00 per linear foot and range up to $8.00 per linear foot for their premium lines.
MoistureShield also offers more budget-friendly and mid-range options, while Wolf only has 2 costlier premium lines.
|Elevate||$2.75 – 4.00|
|Vintage||$3.50 – 4.00|
|Vision (CoolDeck)||$6.00 – 6.50|
|Serenity Seaside Collection||$6-6.50|
|Serenity Tropical Hardwood Collection||$7-8.00|
MoistureShield and Wolf’s PVC Serenity Decking both have their benefits. But MoistureShield is better for offering homeowners is more cost-effective and has more budget-friendly and mid-range options compared to Wolf.
MoistureShield VS Wolf’s PVC Serenity for Durability
The material used to make MoistureShield and Wolf’s PVC Serenity Decking is different, impacting its durability.
MoistureShield Decking Core
MoistureShield truly exemplifies its name– this wood-based composite is incomparable to other deck boards, providing the highest level of protection from water damage. To ensure that each red oak sawdust fibre is safeguarded against any moisture exposure, a unique encapsulating process has been exclusively developed and applied during production. This revolutionary process provides an extra layer of security thanks to a combination of thermoplastic and wood fibres for unparalleled defence!
MoistureShield composite boards are made with resilient and chemical-resistant High-Density Polyethylene plastic — making them highly durable, especially in areas of high moisture, such as docks or decks that face north and reside in the shade.
MoistureShield Decking Cap
MoistureShield offers a variety of capping options.
- Vision® and Meridian™ capped all 4 sides.
- Elevate capped 3 sides.
- Vantage is uncapped.
So regardless of which way you think is best.
- A board should be entirely protected.
- The core needs to breathe, releasing moisture with an uncapped side.
- Caps just add to decking cost.
MoistureShield has a board for you.
To help keep your deck cool, MoistureShield offers CoolDeck® Technology in some of its lines. This innovative feature has been proven to reduce heat buildup on the boards by up to 35%.
Furthermore, DiamondDefenseTM Coating provides extra protection against scratches, stains and impact damage — so it looks great for longer.
Wolf Serenity Decking Core
Wolf Serenity is crafted using PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) (PVC) decking. It offers extraordinary longevity and durability, as well as the benefit of being impervious to water damage.
Wolf Serenity Decking Cap
Wolf Serenity is completely capped, all 4 sides with styrene copolymer.
Including ColorWatch100® Technology to protect against fading. Keeping the decking colour vibrant for years to come
One of the most remarkable features of Serenity’s cap is its finish. It is beautifully coloured and embossed on both sides to ensure complete protection for your boards.
In addition, if one side becomes damaged, you can simply flip it over to conceal any marks or blemishes. Helping to reduce waste during construction while allowing you the flexibility to flip your boards later if they become scratched.