Exploring Low Maintenance Decking – Pros, Cons, and Cost Comparison

Posted on: 2012-07-10

A wooden deck is a great addition to your backyard, but must be kept up or it will begin to wear badly or even fall apart. If you hate painting and staining, or simply don’t have time to take care of your deck properly, then a low maintenance deck is most likely your best option. However, there are many pros and cons to a low maintenance deck that need to be considered before a final decision is made.

Pros:

A low maintenance deck is one that is either made out of a wood composite, heavy-duty vinyl or PVC, or even a coated aluminum. They do not need the constant upkeep of a traditional wood deck and can be easily cleaned with a hose or pressure washer. Many of these decks come with a material-based guarantee from the manufacturer, so if something should happen, for example, if a section begins to split, the repair will more than likely be covered.

Cons:

Nothing can compete with the look of a traditional deck made from high-quality wood. While a low maintenance deck will look nice when it is completed, it will pale in comparison to the beauty of a cherry or pine wood deck, which are also long-lasting. You can expect the lifespan of your low maintenance deck to be between 5 and 10 years. Composite, vinyl and aluminum planking can also scratch easily, which is not ideal when metal patio furniture is placed on the deck. Plus, even though composite is made from various types of plastic and a little bit of wood, it can expand and contract as the weather changes, making it prone to cracking and splintering.

A low maintenance deck is less expensive to build than a regular deck, although the cost varies greatly depending on the actual material used (vinyl versus composite) and the complexity of the design of the deck itself. In order to get an accurate quote, call us up at Parabola Developments. We will work with you to determine the best design and materials for your budget.

Ready to put in a new deck, or renovate an existing one? Contact Parabola Developments today!