Why low maintenance decking?
Updated: Jun 26, 2018
Time is one resources that you can't get back. Why spend your time on maintaining your deck when you can spend your time enjoying it?
Cars, tools, cell phones, the internet...what do these things all have in common? They were invented to make our lives easier. Vehicles transport us from point A to point B and as technology evolves they do so in faster and safer ways. Tools are constantly being developed to make life easier and easier. Cell phones allowed us to communicate virtually anywhere at any time and the internet has opened the gates to information. All of these things make life easier and can give us more time to ourselves. Why would decks be any different?
As Canadians, we love our decks. Possibly because we might feel a little cooped up after the winter months but our decks become an important part of our ability to relax as well as entertain friends and family. Unfortunately, they also require annual maintenance to ensure that they perform properly, look good and don't give anyone an unwanted sliver. This doesn't have to be the case. Low maintenance decking has come a long way in the last two decades and is not only a viable option but an affordable one.
“The first house I built I had a pressure treated deck. It was a cost-effective option and I knew I was only going to be in the house for a few years. I'm glad because by year three it didn't look that good. With our second house, we installed a TimberTech deck. It's been 5 years, no maintenance and it looks as good as day 1.” - Colin Urquhart (Product Manager - Gillfor)
Capped Composite and PVC Decks are an investment in yourself. They give you time by alleviating the need to maintain your deck. They also last a very long time and are back by strong warranties. It's this longevity that makes them a more cost-effective option.
“It's no secret that these decks are initially more expensive than a wood deck but we have to consider a few things. First, the only difference in expense are the deck boards - the rest of the deck structure is pressure treated. Second, you won't have to replace or maintain these decks. A pressure treated deck will probably have to be rebuilt at least once or twice in the period of time that an AZEK deck will last. That material cost and labour cost will far exceed the in initial cost of an AZEK deck." - Craig Garson (National Sales Manager - AZEK)