Posted by Manny DeMelo on April 24th, 2015

Sometimes, a new deck is just the thing to improve your enjoyment of your yard – you can have your own mini-getaway right at home or enhance the curb appeal of your house.

Many people decide to go with a low maintenance type of decking material for their home. Composite and synthetic decking are two low maintenance alternatives to wood decking that can make a big difference to save you both time and money.

What are the top 5 benefits of low maintenance decking, like composite or synthetic?

1. The Obvious

Of course, the main advantage of a low maintenance deck is that it’s, well, low maintenance.

Composite and synthetic deck materials are designed to withstand the weather without fading or molding. They also don’t need to be stained, painted, or sealed yearly, like wood decks should be. You can just scrub them with some good old-fashioned elbow grease or use a pressure washer, and they’re good to go.

This saves you a huge amount of the time spent performing routine maintenance, as well as any money you’d have to spend on the materials you’d need.

But what are some of the other benefits of a low maintenance deck, besides the obvious?

2. Durable

As well as being low maintenance, these decks are actually much more durable than a wood deck. They aren’t prone to getting cracked, splintered, or riddled with insect damage.

Another issue with wood decks is that they can be warped over time by weather conditions (like frigid Canadian winters for example!). Low maintenance decks won’t expand and shrink with the temperature changes the way wood will – which means they last longer and maintain their excellent condition.

Even a well-maintained wood deck would likely need some boards replaced after 10 years or less. To compare, Azek Building Products (one of our suppliers) offers a Lifetime Limited Warranty on their decking materials.

3. Safety

Wood decks degrade over time until slivers become a common problem. With low maintenance decks, you don’t have to worry about slivers at all!

Not only that, but low maintenance decking is actually less slippery than wood decks. Especially when wet (from rain or your backyard pool), the slip-resistant surface of low maintenance decking outperforms wood decks.

4. Style Selection

It is easy to get what you’re looking for, aesthetically, with the composite and synthetic decking materials. They come in over a hundred styles and colours, they can mimic different types of wood deck, and you can choose among tons of different accessories (like gates, railings, lighting options, etc.) to match.

You just need to work with your decking contractor to figure out what type best suits your tastes and complements your home!

5. Home Resale Value

Composite and synthetic decks make your home more appealing – for you and for potential buyers when you’re ready to sell. Since they last longer, they’re more likely to still be in good condition by the time you’re thinking about moving.

You can look at building a low maintenance deck as an investment. Remodeling Magazine’s 2014 cost vs. value report shows homeowners investing in a composite deck are seeing a 74.3% return on investment.

Couple that with the reduced costs for maintenance every year (when compared with wood decks), and low maintenance decks are a smart home investment.

Your outdoor living space should be beautiful and reliable for you to enjoy all year round (okay, maybe not in the dead of winter). Low maintenance decking is a great option if you’re thinking of installing a deck as your next home renovation project.

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Manny DeMelo