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Top 3 Things to Consider When Budgeting for a Wood or Low-Maintenance Deck

Now is the perfect time to consider a new wood or composite deck addition to your outdoor space. At Archadeck of Chicagoland, we build many decks each year. Allow our expertise to guide you through the planning stages of your deck, down to the decking material you choose.

With many customers who contact us about future deck projects, a common question we get is what to expect budget-wise when thinking about wood or low-maintenance/composite deck? The following points are necessary considerations to help you determine which is the best fit for you.

TimberTech low-maintenance deck
Are you planning a custom low-maintenance deck for your Chicagoland home?

What is the difference between low-maintenance decks and wood decks?

It’s important to understand the difference between wood or low maintenance/composite deck first before you can know which is the better investment option for your budget. Our wood decks are made using pressure-treated pine decking. We use Timber Tech or AZEK brand products for our low maintenance/composite decking; which is made from either cap stock (composite core with PVC skin), or full PVC boards.

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Composite deck by Archadeck of Chicagoland

What are the true maintenance level differences between composite decks and wood decks?

Wood deck boards can fade, splinter, expand, or shrink over time. However, these effects can be dramatically minimized if maintained properly, which includes staining and pressure washing every 2-3 years. Low maintenance/composite decking on the other hand will not experience this same wear and tear, but it may scratch. However, there are low maintenance/composite deck options that are stain or scratch resistant. Low maintenance decking also does not need to be stained or painted.

Read more about our low-maintenance decking choices!

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Are you planning a wood deck for your Chicagoland home?

What is your deck building budget?

If considering a low-maintenance deck, plan to budget about 70-100% more than a wood deck. It may sound expensive, however, if you plan to be in your home for several years, it may be the better investment. With this in mind, you would not need to worry about the cost of hiring someone to wash, stain, or sand your deck. These maintenance costs would end up recouping the cost of a low maintenance/composite deck in about fifteen to twenty years; if you plan to be in your home for many years, it may be the better investment long term. If you only plan to be in your home for a couple of years, a wood deck may be the better option.

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Beautiful wood deck design by Archadeck of Chicagoland

If you are ready to discuss building a new wood or low-maintenance deck, Archadeck of Chicagoland is ready to help! Sign up for a free design consultation or call Archadeck of Chicagoland at (847) 250-4100 to speak with a design consultant and begin creating your new dream space.