True Value

Do you remember those days as a kid, helping your parents clean, stain, and reseal the wood deck every year? Or getting splinters or stubbing your toe on loose boards while you were playing? What about slipping on the mold-covered steps?

A traditional wood deck requires constant maintenance, which means you get less time to enjoy it. Inteplast Building Products Decks are engineered to perform and look like real wood, but without the time-consuming maintenance. As you consider the type of building material you want to use to build your new deck, keep in mind the intangible value of your time over the lifespan of your deck.

Here are some estimated initial deck cost comparisons using different types of building materials. Note that prices will vary according to your geographic location, design features, and deck construction costs.

Treated lumber products typically have the least upfront cost when building a deck, but the shortest life cycle. They’ll require time-consuming annual maintenance like sanding splinters and cracks, cleaning, and re-straining or repainting. For a 15’ x 20’ pre-treated lumber deck, you can expect to pay $700 to stain it the first year, and then every two years after that. Within 6 years you’ll need to strip and sand the deck to smooth splinters and cracks before you re-stain it. By year 11, you’ll have spent more than $4,600 on maintenance alone. Not to mention the hours spent working on the deck, rather than enjoying it.

Here’s a look at real deck costs over a 25-year period:

Solid Cellular PVC products, like Inteplast Building Products Decks don’t have the organic filler materials like composites, and, where composite decking fades over time to fluctuating degrees, PVC products retain their color. Inteplast Building Products Deck materials are backed by a limited lifetime warranty, something you can’t get with natural wood. And, they’re virtually low maintenance.

Exotic hardwoods like IPE have a long lifespan, but still require maintenance, and are generally the most expensive option.

Despite the fact that cellular PVC decking products typically cost more initially than wood and composite materials, its low-maintenance and longevity make it the best value in the long run.