All homeowners know the aesthetic appeal of a great looking deck. A beautiful deck is not just a place to relax and spend time with friends and family, it also adds considerable value to your home. Most homeowners also know the downsides to owning a traditional wood deck. Repainting, refinishing and continuous maintenance can make wood decks a hassle, and expensive, depending on where you live and how much use the deck sees. Many people are turning to composite decks for these reasons. Composite decks provide a range of benefits and easy-care qualities that wood decks do not. Below are four benefits of composite decks.
One of the most inconvenient things about wood is that it soaks up stains. Applying a sealant after you have installed and painted a wood deck certainly helps keeps stains out, but over time, as the sealant loses its effect, anything that you spill on the wood, especially if you are someone who likes to cook and eat on their deck, is going to become part of the deck. That can turn into an ugly mess over time.
Another major deck destroyer is the sun. Constant sunlight is going to damage not only the material, but the paint job and other finishings that you add to it. Constantly having to replace wood decks is not cheap, nor a good use of your time. Composite decks, since they are not organic, and are treated to withstand UV radiation, are a good alternative, if you want to save yourself time and money in the long run.
No Painting or Sealing
Whether you are installing a deck yourself, or are having a professional come in and do it for you, actually installing the wood is just one part of the equation. You are going to also need to set aside time to paint and seal the deck, or, if you are thinking about paying a professional to do that as well, it’s an additional cost. A composite deck is already painted before it comes to you. The only thing you need to take care of is the installation.
Mold and Mildew Resistant
One of the most frustrating things as a homeowner is having to constantly be worried about being attacked by mold and mildew around your home. Anywhere you have wood, you run the risk of damage by mold and mildew. A composite decks eliminates the need to worry about this, because mold and mildew won’t grow on the inorganic surface. If you live somewhere that receives a large amount of annual rainfall, a wood deck might be more hassle than it’s worth.
Don’t settle for wood when there are better options out there. Keep the above benefits of a composite deck in mind, and know that when you install a composite deck, you are getting something that is going to last longer, require less maintenance and look great for years to come.