If your wooden deck is worn out and reaching the end of its useful life, listen carefully to the call of the low-maintenance deck. Can you hear it?
We’re going to let you in on a little secret not many people know about the Houston area. Outdoor living in Houston is not just about covered patios and pool surrounds. For all the talk about pavers versus stain-and-stamp concrete versus natural stone and tile, we also have our share of deck lovers around here. Are you one of them?
As Houston’s suburban neighborhoods have matured, and the original decks need replacing, homeowners are faced with one overarching question: Do I really want another wood deck?
As your Houston deck builder, Archadeck of Southwest Houston suggests you give this question some thought. If you purchase a new wood deck, you will be making a 15- or 20-year deck maintenance commitment.
Are You Up for Another 15-20 Years of Deck Maintenance?
A typical wood deck should last a good 15-20 years – if you follow the recommended maintenance schedule. Cleaning and sanding. Staining and sealing. Year after year. It’s a lot of work, and you can still get splinters. Whether you do the work yourself or pay a deck-cleaning service, you’re investing time and money in this annual ritual.
Synthetic and composite decking materials like those from TimberTech and Trex have the power to release you from wood deck maintenance forever. You may have heard that these wood alternatives are more expensive than wood. Up front, they usually are more expensive, but …
Weighing the Long-term Cost of a Low-Maintenance Deck
It’s true a low-maintenance deck is initially more expensive than a wood deck (with the exception of exotic hardwoods … but that’s another story). If you compare the cost of composite decks and synthetic decks to those made of pressure-treated pine, cedar, or redwood, then wood decks are more economical up front.
For a true comparison, though, you need to factor in the maintenance costs over the expected life of a wood deck. You can expect a pressure-treated pine deck to last about 15 years and cedar or redwood deck to last about 20. We’re assuming you perform all the recommended maintenance. The wood maintenance chores not only keep your deck looking good; without them it wouldn’t last that long.
Add the cost of 15-20 years of maintenance to the price of your new wood deck. Then, in 15-20 years, you will need to start all over again because that deck will need to be replaced – or at least redecked. Meanwhile, your neighbor paid a premium for a low-maintenance deck. The annual maintenance costs are … $0. The deck lasts … 25-50 years, depending on the specific materials selected. Who paid more?
Benefits of Owning Houston Low Maintenance Decks
Here are The Top 5 Reasons our clients who opted for a synthetic or composite low-maintenance deck made that decision. (Please provide your own drum roll sound effects … )
1. We loved having a wide array of colors to choose from.
2. We don’t want our children to get splinters from playing outdoors.
3. We especially liked the 25 or 30-year stain and fade warranty. (Note: TimberTech AZEK™ synthetic decking comes with a 50-year stain and fade warranty, the most extensive warranty in the industry.)
4. It’s beautiful … and our deck always looks GREAT!
5. Low-maintenance decks just don’t look the part, they perform the part too! Additional benefits of synthetic and composite decking include resistance to mold, mildew, scratches, insects, rotting, warping, and cupping.
Why “Low Maintenance” Doesn’t Mean “No Maintenance”
Low-maintenance decking boards are easy to clean with a hose or sponge. If you have a spill that won’t rinse right off, you can usually sponge it off with an ordinary household cleanser.
When you purchase a deck made of composite or synthetic materials, you’ll receive instructions about how to care for it. These instructions vary by manufacturer and also by product line in cases where a manufacturer offers more than one type of decking. You may be told to keep your deck free of decaying leaves, for example, by sweeping or blowing the leaves off periodically. Whatever the instructions, they will be nothing as onerous as sanding and staining or sealing. Not even close.
Archadeck of Southwest Houston is your Houston TimberTech deck builder, but if it sounds like we’re trying to push a more expensive deck on you, we’re not. We want to help you make an informed decision.
Living the Good Life in Southwest Houston – Outdoors
The concept of outdoor living is about enjoying the outdoor spaces at your home in a way that is relaxing and stress-free. Having any outdoor living structure – deck, porch, open patio, covered patio, outdoor kitchen, pergola, fire pit, outdoor fireplace, pool, etc. – improves your quality of life. At Archadeck of Southwest Houston, we happen to believe that choosing a low-maintenance outdoor living space improves your quality of life even more. For you, that may look like a deck, or it may look like a patio – which is also a low-maintenance structure.
Now, for the ultimate low maintenance outdoor living space, consider a low maintenance deck and patio combination. And would you like an outdoor kitchen with that order?
Whatever outdoor living structures you desire for your home, we can design and build them for you. Call Archadeck of Southwest Houston (281) 214-8299.