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singular American creation, the backyard deck, conjures up
images of idyllic afternoons napping in a hammock or festive
get-togethers around the grill and a tub of ice-cold beer.
But maintaining that elevated expanse of lumber is a
downright chore, what with all the scrubbing, bleaching, and
staining that wood requires—not to mention the occasional
replacement of a splintered, warped, or rotten board.
When the less demanding plastic-composite decking appeared
on the scene in the 1990s, homeowners happily adopted it,
despite the higher price and limited color selection (gray).
A decade later, as companies began to offer new products
that looked like fresh-cut cedar and Brazilian walnut but
never turned gray, sales of composites took off. Last year's
tally came to $1 billion. That kind of popularity represents
a big boost for the environment, too, because most
composites are made from waste: sawdust, used plastic milk
jugs, and shopping bags. Every 20 feet of decking contains
about 30 pounds of material that would have ended up in a
landfill. Trex, the first and largest of the composite
manufacturers, recycles 6 million pounds of plastic each
The fact that composites don't feel or look like real wood
is beside the point. Once in place, they just do their job
and don't need much more than an annual wash down, leaving
you plenty of time to work on your nap.
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Deck installation costs
the one thing that concerns everyone? Cost. For example,
let’s use a basic deck that measures 14 by 20 with one set
of stairs not more than 2 feet off the ground. Depending on
the deck material you choose, the total installation cost
including materials, permit, labor and haul away might look
something like this:
Factoring in wood maintenance costs
Although the installation price for a composite is
definitely going to be more than wood, the actual cost over
time is a good deal closer. This is because wood decks
require more maintenance. If you're willing to do the
resealing and repairs yourself, a wood deck will still be
cheaper, but if you're going to hire someone then it would
be worthwhile to factor that future cost into your decision
at the time when the deck is being installed.
say the same size treated lumber or cedar deck mentioned
above costs $700 to stain the first year. You’ll need to
stain it every two years thereafter. A stripping and sanding
will be required every six years before you perform the
annual deck stain, which will cost about $900 total.
you’re maintaining your wood deck properly and hiring
professionals to do so, I'd say that by the end of year
eleven you will have spent more than $4,600 on maintenance,
and you’ll still have a wood deck that may crack or
splinter, whereas a deck with manmade materials will require
little regular maintenance.
Although we tend to recommend composite decks, you need to
decide for yourself what fits best for your home and
situation. The best way to do that is to talk with a
knowledgeable deck building professional that can ask you
the right questions and help you make the best decision.
Just be honest with yourself from the start about whether
you're going to do the maintenance yourself.
Contact us today for help.
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