Adding a deck to your home can make your outdoor spaces more functional than ever before. With a deck, you will have a space to host summer barbeques, or to simply relax and enjoy the sun. However, upon making the decision to add a deck to your home, you will have to decide what type of deck you want. While traditionally decks have been constructed out of wood, a popular choice being cedar decks, recent years has seen a rise in the popularity of composite, synthetic decking materials. The fact is that while wood was popular for its timeless beauty, there are a variety of functional benefits that synthetic decks provide that makes them the more practical option for many homeowners. If you are considering adding a deck to your home, here are just a few of the benefits choosing a synthetic deck could provide you with.
Durability and Longevity
The primary reason more homeowners than ever are choosing synthetic decking over wooden decks is due to how durable and long-lasting these decks are. Synthetic decks are manufactured specifically to stand up against water damage, and will not warp, rot, or grow mold when exposed to moist environments. These decks also are not damaged by the sun, so you will not have to worry about your deck fading over time. Additionally, synthetic decks are insect-proof, and will not be damaged by ants, termites, and other pests, as is common with wooden decks. Due to the extreme strength and durability of these decks, synthetic decks can last up to 50 years without needing to be replaced, which is over twice as long as the average wooden deck lasts.
Due to the extreme durability of synthetic decks, they are also extremely low-maintenance. Wooden decks require continual maintenance as they need to be re-sealed and re-stained every few years. Additionally, wooden decks often need boards to be replaced, and require frequent inspection for insect and water damage. On the other hand, with a synthetic deck, the only thing you will need to do to keep it looking brand new is to occasionally hose it off to remove any dirt and debris that has collected on your deck. Otherwise, synthetic decks require virtually no maintenance, and are guaranteed to maintain their look for years to come.
An Environmentally-Friendly Option
As homeowners become more aware of their impact on the environment, many are starting to look for ways to include green building materials into their home renovation projects; choosing a synthetic deck is one way to do this. While wooden decks require the use of new lumber, synthetic deck boards are made using recycled materials such as reclaimed wood scraps and recycled plastic from common items such as shopping bags. In this way, when you choose a synthetic deck you can feel comfortable knowing that you are using building materials made out of repurposed items, minimizing your home’s impact on the environment.
One worry homeowners often have about synthetic decks is that they will not look quite right; however, synthetic deck construction has come a long way in recent years. While these decks once had a plastic-like look to them, synthetic decks now do a remarkable job at mimicking the look of real wood, down to the use of realistic grain patterns. Your synthetic deck will have the same look as wood, without the added headaches involved in owning a real wooden deck.
Adding a deck to your home can be an easy way to transform how your home looks, and to dramatically increase its curb appeal. Contact us to learn more about synthetic decks and the reasons you should consider adding one to your home.
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