The Benefits of Installing a Low Maintenance Deck
If you are looking to install a deck around your home, you have to decide on the best material for your project. Wood is a common material used for decks, but there are many benefits to selecting a low maintenance deck made from composite materials instead. Here are a few of the benefits.
Less Maintenance Than Pressure Treated Wood Decking
One of the major benefits that low maintenance decking has is that it requires significantly less maintenance than wood or pressure treated wood decking. Wood decking has to be properly cared for or it can crack, splinter or warp. It also loses its coloring, so it needs to be stained and sealed every year. This can be time-consuming and a hassle, especially for those who are older. Low maintenance decking does not fade, does not require special care and does not attract wood-eating pests, like termites, making it a great option for those wishing to age in place and remain in their home.
Matches Your Outdoor Kitchen Items
Another benefit of low maintenance decking is that it matches many of the items that are used in your outdoor kitchen or entertainment space. More and more homeowners are installing outdoor kitchens so they can make better use of their outdoor spaces. These kitchens do not use wood in them. They feature storage, cabinets, boxes, and benches made from TREX or other composite materials, the same material low maintenance decks are made from. This helps to connect your outdoor kitchen and deck, ensuring they match beautifully.
Wood is extremely susceptible to weather and the elements. Temperature changes, rain, and extreme sunlight can all be damaging to wood. A low maintenance deck is weatherproof, meaning rain, snow, ice, hail and other weather phenomena don’t harm the deck.
Safety Features to Incorporate
The last benefit associated with a low maintenance deck is that you can incorporate many safety features. This helps to make the deck safer for all who use the deck and helps ensure your deck works for you both now and well into the future. Some of the of the available safety features include adding stair & post lighting so the stairs are easy to see. Composite handrails & balusters along the edge of the deck & different deck colors to indicate a change in elevation or a step. Other benefits include adding shade with a pergola, overhang or canopy.
There are many benefits to installing a low maintenance deck. But if you are planning on remaining in your home for years to come, those benefits increase. This type of deck is easy to care for and looks great for decades to come, making it the perfect option for those who are planning on aging in place. If you are interested in learning more about a low maintenance deck, or other home renovations that can help you to age in place, contact us at Quality Craftsmen today. We’ve been assisting people in the East Cobb area remodel their home to make it a functional space for themselves and loved ones.