Building a Deck? A Comparison of Materials
Looking for a way to enhance your outdoor space? A deck may be the answer. According to the experts at Fiberon Decking the materials you decide to use, whether wood or composite, can affect the project from initial investment to maintenance years from now.
Building a deck with composite materials will cost more than virgin wood initially, but not as much as most homeowners think. The substructure is the same cost for either option and the remainder of the project could cost about 25 percent more for composite. However, most wood lumber is pressure-treated with different chemicals to boost its integrity and make it last longer.
That cost is often recouped over time because there is little maintenance required with composites – maintaining a wood deck can cost hundreds of dollars each year. Nail pops and splinters are common safety hazards with wood decks, as are cracked, warped and rotted boards that need to be replaced. And refinishing a wood deck can cost up to $850!
Composites are also environmentally-friendly – the material not only saves trees, but is created from recycled materials, keeping waste out of landfills.
Want to see how the numbers compare? Visit http://www.epa.gov and check out the EPA’s GreenScapes Tools Excel Decking Cost Calculator.
Judy Gratton Your Real Estate Edge