Trex vs Azek vs porcelain tile for deck
I have a townhome with a small front yard and side yard, but no back yard. The side yard is concrete. I'm planning to elevate the side yard and cover the wood framing with decking material. The space is about 9' x 15'.
I'm evaluating decking materials and need some advice. I'm considering natural wood, Trex, Azek, or porcelain tile. My 10-year old dog has always used that space as his outdoor area, so that's a concern.
One suggestion was redwood - but I'm worried about potential damage from termites - and the wood will fade unless re-stained on a regular basis.
The contractor suggested Trex composite - but I've read a lot of negative reviews about it online. I recently saw a nice deck made of Azek PVC, but I see that Azek has a law suit pending, regarding over-zealous sales pitches that claim no maintenance needed.
My designer suggested porcelain tile. I'm thinking that this would be the easiest choice for cleaning up after the dog.
The area is shaded most of the day, but can get very hot for a couple hours in mid-day. I want a surface that won't be uncomfortably hot to walk on.