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Design Alternatives in Low-Maintenance Porches

Historically, screened porches used mostly wood in the form of painted or stained pine or cedar. This is not true for porches of today. Kansas City area homeowners are wising up to the benefits of low-maintenance flooring and trim for their porches.

The porch areas made of wood included columns, railing, screen trim, roof trim, and fascia all involved some maintenance and upkeep. The amount and frequency of upkeep depended on the materials used for each of those areas. Five to ten years out, the look and condition of the porch was variable and frequently deteriorated based on the upkeep and condition of the wood originally used. It was not unusual to see cracking, splitting, wood rot, and splintering in this type of construction.

Screened porch with outdoor fireplace
Overland Park porch with AZEK low-maintenance flooring

Today we have many more material choices available in every area of porch construction that’s exposed to the weather which are the most maintenance intensive areas. So, the selection of these materials impacts the frequency and cost of maintenance.

Custom front porch with railing
Front porch with AZEK trimmed columns and Evergrain flooring

For these exposed areas, there are low-maintenance alternative for railings, trim work columns, roof trim, screen trim and the screens themselves. These low maintenance materials are crack and rot resistant and can often be cleaned simply with a moist sponge or soap and water. There is no such thing as zero maintenance. Spills and soils still need to be cleaned.

As you might expect, low-maintenance and more durable materials generally vary the cost of building the project. However, these materials also last longer, require less maintenance, and look beautiful for much longer.

Dining area and outdoor kitchen on covered porch and deck
Low-maintenance AZEK porch in Overland Park KS

Custom screened porch and deckThe question is which elements of your screen porch should you consider using low maintenance materials for? The recommendation we make is dependent on your priorities in durability and upkeep in future years. Are you ready to add a new low-maintenance porch to your Kansas City area home? Perhaps you’re looking to replace an aging wood porch design. We have low-maintenance materials in an array of design choices and price ranges. Give us a call for a free consultation at (913) 704-6240.