TimberTech Decking: Why It Is a Great Alternative to Real Wood?

by | Sep 27, 2019

A great looking deck adds class and style to your property. It also enhances the value of your property and gives you a fun spot for social gatherings or a private hour. Decks improve the aesthetics of both indoor and outdoor spaces. If you have decided to add a deck to your home, it is important to know the available material choice. With traditional hardwood and new TimberTech decks, you have a variety options to select from.

Until recently, hardwoods had been the material of choice when it came to wood decks. This is understandable. Hardwoods offer superior protection again mildew growth, bacteria, and other problems to which wood boards are exposed. There is a notable advantage when compared to less durable wood varieties. However, when you put hardwood against the more modern composite wood varieties, the composite materials are the hands-down winner.

One of the leading brands that manufacture composite decking is TimberTech. TimberTech decking has taken the deck industry by storm over the past two decades. TimberTech decks look exactly like real hardwood, but are a lot harder, durable, and cost-effective. Some of the key benefits offered by TimberTech decking are as follows:

Zero Maintenance

Traditional hardwood boards require laborious maintenance every two to three years. TimberTech decking makes use of capped composite and polymer boards. These boards require little to no maintenance. All you have to do is wash the boards with a special soap once in a while, and that’s it. No staining, cleaners, or finishes are needed.

Exceptional Durability

Real wood decks have a small life span. Many will last up to 20 years if maintained meticulously. It is very rare to see real wood decks that last longer and maintain their original looks. TimberTech decking, in comparison, has a life of more than 30 years. In the case of more advanced varieties such as TimberTech AZEK decking, the boards come with a limited lifetime warranty. All TimberTech boards also have a warranty against color fading or staining for more than 30 years. Such extensive warranties are unthinkable in the case of traditional woods.

Long-Term Integrity

Even the best hardwood may sustain some damage after one or two decades of use. TimberTech decking boards, in contrast, can protect against rotting, cracking or other structural problems. Even after 30 years of use, these boards have a warranty to maintain structural integrity.

Environment-Friendly Choice

TimberTech decks are a more eco-friendly choice compared to real wood decking. Hardwood decking usually costs 1.25 trees for a single deck. In contrast, TimberTech boards crafted from recycled woods and plastics present no damage to real wood.

TimberTech decks comes in a variety of styles and choices. The initial costs of composite decking may sound steep, but with zero maintenance, you can offset these costs within a few years. If you are looking for a deck that will remain durable and maintain its original looks for a lifetime, TimberTech decking is a great choice. Contact MG Construction & Decks for your next deck needs.

If you’re thinking about adding a deck to your property, your planning should take into account ROI variables. Materials, size, access, and the “wow factor” all contribute to a prospective buyer’s perception of the value added by a deck to the property. It’s worth becoming familiar with deck construction in the comparable properties in your area so you can position yours where you want to be value-wise. Another value relationship to consider is that between your deck budget and the overall value of the property. It doesn’t make ROI dollars and sense to build something too grand for the size and likely resale price of the home. One rule of thumb used by contractors and architects is that a deck should be no larger than the home’s biggest interior space. 

Keep in mind, too, that adding value to your home gets the attention of the assessor and the underwriter, so your property taxes and insurance premiums are like to be increased. Like anything else built by human beings, a deck will inevitably require some maintenance and/or repair as time goes by. Good choices of materials, with expert design and construction, are the ticket to keeping those costs down and your enjoyment and ROI up.

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