Are you ready for a fun summer with family and friends? The ability to travel has many people planning special summertime treats to catch up. Make sure you’re ready to entertain with a great deck designed to make the outdoor living easy and fun.
What’s the Secret to a Stress Free Deck?
While good design is obviously essential to a great deck – you want to make sure there’s enough space for everyone, easy access, beautiful views, and fun features – the secret to keeping your deck stress free lies in the choice of materials used to build your deck.
Many people are familiar with wooden decks, but that’s not your only option – and may not be your first choice if you’re interested in keeping costs and maintenance requirements minimal. Pandemic-driven building supply price hikes of lumber in particular have made vinyl decking and composite decking more popular regionally.
About Vinyl Decking
One of the first questions we’re always asked about vinyl decking is how long does it last. So right up front, know that when you choose vinyl decking, you’re reasonably going to expect 25-30 years out of that deck. Vinyl stands up to local weather conditions well. It resists insect and animal damage well, and stays mold and mildew free. Available in a variety of colors, vinyl decking can be a good choice for your home.
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The drawback, of course, is cost. The same price pressures that are driving lumber decking prices up are doing the same thing to vinyl decking. A more budget friendly option at this point is composite decking, which offers the same benefits as vinyl over a slightly shorter lifespan. A well designed and built composite deck should easily last 18-20 years.
In terms of maintenance, both vinyl and composite decking require only being sprayed down with the hose every so often to stay looking great. Wooden decking has more complex maintenance requirements.