the use of the beautiful gray composite decking. Low maintenance
is the way to go. I don't
recommend borrowing money, but if it takes getting a loan to
afford composite decking... then do it. Why? Simple: The cost
or staining will eventually eat up the difference between pressure
treated and composite. And from that "break even" point
on you are throwing money away that you could have been saving.
an investment stand point it makes very good sense. What is that "break
even" point? My calculations tell me it is 1 to 2 years
depending on what you paint or stain with and whether or not
you do it yourself.
But after two years you are essentially throwing money away
if you did not build with a low maintenace composite material.
I'll tell you something else, too, while I'm at it. You may balk
at the extra expense of going composite and vinyl, but you will
get your money back (and then some) when you sell. Think about
it: No/low maintenance decks and porches are only becoming more
popular every year (industry is growing 25% a year).
How attractive will your house be to a buyer if your deck or porch
is in pressure
treated that they KNOW they will be maintaining? How attractive
will it be if it is in vinyl or composite? How much more will you
sell the house for if it is composite/vinyl? It makes a tremendous
amount of sense to go no/low maintenance and go composite/vinyl
while you live there and you will
recoup your investment when you sell.
due to problems with other composites, we only recommend
one: GeoDeck flooring and railings and Fairway
Vinyl Railings. Click
on the links to learn more.