More Bucks County residents than ever are turning to their back yards for spring and summer enjoyment, and decks have become the center attraction. You’ll want your deck in tip-top shape this season for relaxing and entertaining.
If your deck is showing its age, now is the time to consider improvements. Rather than dealing with the hassle of annual maintenance such as scraping, power washing, staining or painting, many homeowners are replacing their wood deck with a low-maintenance composite decking product.
Composite decking material is typically made of wood fibers mixed with plastic to create a low-maintenance alternative to pressure-treated wood. It may cost more than wood initially, but won’t splinter and requires only periodic cleaning. Most composite decking is considered low-maintenance because it never requires painting or staining.
Longer limited-warranties are another benefit offered by composite decking products such as EverGrain Decking by TAMKO. The decking comes with a 25-year limited warranty against rotting, splintering, splitting and termite damage. Several manufacturers offer these types of products – so it’s important to research different options to select the product that’s right for you.
An easy way to upgrade without replacing your deck is by installing a composite railing system. Railing systems instantly improve the look of a deck by adding a finishing touch and they also improve safety.
“Composite railing systems are a fantastic way to enhance the overall appearance of your deck,” says Stephen McNally of TAMKO Building Products, Inc. “Many options are available when choosing a railing system, but homeowners should consider several factors before making a selection, such as safety, maintenance, durability and aesthetics.”
Demand is increasing for decks with customized railing systems, according to a recent study by Principia Partners. Principia reports that homeowners often customize railing systems to differentiate their deck from their neighbors.
Today, bigger really is better when it comes to a deck. Some Bucks County homeowners are opting for non-traditional design including large-scale, multi-level decks that incorporate fireplaces, hot tubs, televisions – just about anything you can think of. They’re also concentrating on building a deck that fits their own personal style. The new rule of thumb with deck design seems to be anything but square.
When considering alternatives for improving your Bucks County deck, remember that personalization is key. Think of your deck as an extension of your home. Try personalizing your deck the same way you would a living room. This will enhance the outdoor living experience for you, your family and friends.