“We were talking about having a deck added to our home, and I don’t know – I just assumed decks were made out of wood. But it turns out that the deck company near me specializes in PVC decks,” Amber said. “So tell me, what are the advantages of a PVC deck?”
The first thing to understand is that a deck is outdoors, continually exposed to all kinds of weather. Here in the Framingham area, we see every extreme. Summers can be extremely hot with bright sunshine; in the winter, we get lots of snow and icy-cold temperatures. In between, heavy spring rains and frosty fall mornings happen. A wooden deck will respond to these changing weather conditions in a number of ways: shrinking, twisting, splitting, changing color, and generally falling apart over time. A PVC deck doesn’t respond to the elements. It stays strong, durable, and looking good no matter what Mother Nature throws at it.
Another reason PVC decks are awesome has to do with animals. We’re not talking about your dogs and cats – although PVC decks do stand up to the wear and tear of pet traffic much better than wooden decks. Instead, let’s talk about termites, carpenter ants, and the countless other insects that like to snack on and make their homes in wooden decks. These little creepy crawlies just aren’t interested in PVC decks. There’s nothing there for them to eat or nest in, so they don’t even bother. As a result, your deck lasts longer and you never have to worry about insect damage.
Did somebody say maintenance? Wooden decks are a lot of work. They have to be cleaned, stained and sealed periodically. Depending on the size of your deck, this could be an entire weekend’s worth of work. Is that how you want to spend your free time? No – and that’s what makes PVC deck so appealing. Every now and then, you spray off the deck with a hose to keep things tidy and that’s it. Super easy and smart!