As homeowners, we all lead busy lives and when we can avoid extra maintenance on something, we tend to lean towards that option. Now, if we can cut out maintenance while making an eco-friendly choice, that’s an even better option.
When it comes to construction, opting for materials that are both easy to maintain and ‘green’ is high on the priority list for many homeowners looking to build. Building a deck is no exception.
The most classic option for decking material is of course, wood, and for good reason. Wood is sturdy, offers great longevity when properly maintained, and is recyclable. Wood decks are a great choice! Still, wood does come with a bit of extra maintenance. What is involved? What other options do you have? Read on.
Wood Deck Maintenance
Wood decks are fabulous, but they do demand seasonal attention. If you happen to have a wood deck you know that maintenance is not something to be pushed to the side if you plan to keep your deck around for years to come.
Maintenance becomes especially the case with the ever drastic changes in weather in the Fargo-Moorhead area across the four seasons. High heat, direct sunlight, rain, snow, ice and the like can take a toll over time on even the highest quality of wood decks constructed with the best sealants and finishes the industry has to offer.
Wood decking will need to be cared for if not annually at least every few years. Re-staining and sealing or repainting periodically is necessary to minimize visual ware and prevent decay.
Of course, any material will eventually wear out in time if put in the ring with the forces of nature.
However, that’s not to say there isn’t a product that can at least ‘reduce’ the amount of maintenance (and quite a substantial amount at that). What option is that?
Composite Decking – Low Maintenance, Low Carbon Footprint
Made from 95% recycled wood and plastic, Trex composite decking material has a great reputation in the construction industry. Trex fencing and decking is dense, durable, and stands up to the harsh weather conditions we have come to expect here in the Upper Midwest.
Trex (composite decking and fencing creator) explains “Trex composite decking won’t…
- Rot, warp or splinter
- Need seasonal painting, sealing or staining
- Fade or stain
- Become food for termites”
Yes, the Trex decking product is a low-stress alternative that will never require sanding, staining, or paint. Trex mimics the beauty of wood without ever splintering or rotting. Style and substance…win/win!
Composite vs. Wood Decking
Composite or Trex decking, though initially more expensive than other wood decking installations proves itself to be a worthwhile investment. Take for example a few comparisons with wood decking that contribute to the ease of maintenance of this superior material.
Since wood can crack, warp, and splinter over time if not properly cared for, the repair costs and maintenance costs of wood decking may actually contribute to a higher cost in the long run. Investing in Trex means you won’t have to pay us for sanding, and refinishing your wood deck periodically, or spend all your spare time working hard on it yourself.
Install a Composite Deck
Maintaining Composite Decking
A basic part of good maintenance is always cleaning. A good cleaning routine is a first step to making sure your deck stays in tip-top shape, and also remains appealing to the eye. So what is there to know about cleaning composite decking? Is there any special products or techniques?
Fortunately, the answer is no! All you need is a water hose and occasional soap for any stubborn spots or stains. Couldn’t get much better than that!
As was stated earlier, composite decking is made from 95% recycled wood and plastic (go green!), making it the eco-friendliest option for your decking material.
Caring for the Earth by choosing an environmentally responsible product like Trex also gives you peace of mind knowing you’re contributing to the overall well-being of our beautiful planet. In fact, one of our previous articles mentioned that Trex saves 400 million pounds of wood and plastic from landfills each year, making it one of the biggest plastic bag recyclers in the USA!
But just how long can you last without having to worry about your composite fence? Actually, Trex offers a 25-year warranty, which means you can relax on your newly built deck for decades.
Install a Deck
If the low-maintenance and eco-friendly nature of composite decking appeals to you, our team here at Liberty Fence and Deck Co. will be happy to help you install it. The same goes for wood decking! We do both.
If you opt for classic wood, our top quality wood and expert craftsmanship will help you minimize the need for long-term repair, and we’ll be there to give tips and even perform seasonal maintenance. When maintained, a sturdy wood deck can last for years and years and it can even be recycled when you’re done. There’s no wrong answer!