The immediate benefit of a vinyl deck is the expense. On average, vinyl decks cost significantly less per square foot than other materials, especially wood. Larger homes often require more expansive decks, so the wood can suddenly turn into a massive up-front cost during installation.
The vinyl-treated deck is also an effective option to maintain your resale value. On average composite decks recoup 68% of the initial investment when reselling your home, while the more expensive wood option brings in an average of 80%. However, a vinyl deck is a great way to boost your ROI closer to that 80% without the expense of wood. Given that vinyl is cheaper to configure to different sizes and shapes, it can allow you to compliment your home more effectively.
Visual appeal is a major concern of any new deck. As an exterior fixture, the deck has a huge impact on your curb appeal. Of course, when considering a new deck, you also have to think about how it will match the overall design and aesthetic of your home.
Vinyl provides a unique opportunity in this regard as a, particularly flexible material. Vinyl can effectively emulate anything from wood to granite, allowing you to easily configure it to the overall aesthetic of your home. It also allows you to adjust the texture, with options ranging from slick to grainy. Many people can’t even tell the difference between vinyl and wood without a close inspection.
Ultimately, the chief benefit of a vinyl deck is the extremely low maintenance requirements. Vinyl is an exceptionally reliable material. Its finishing is ideal for waterproofing, and a hidden fastener system, creating a water-tight undercarriage without compromising the look. Especially compared to wood, a major benefit is never having to worry about warping, cracks, or splintering. Like other composite decks, vinyl is extremely resistant to insects and mold.
The durability of vinyl comes with significantly lower long-term maintenance costs, as you’ll never have to undertake costly sealing or staining to prevent damage. The exceptionally durable material also means that you’ll rarely have to replace individual elements of the deck, allowing you to treat the installment as more of a one-time investment.
If you’re considering vinyl or any other material for a deck, we have the expertise to identify and implement the best option for your home. Contact us to begin building the perfect deck for you.