Many homeowners in Vancouver may enjoy the sounds and ambiance of a light rain shower from time to time, but if you are like other homeowners who have a deck, you may also worry about the damage the rain is doing to your deck. Rain damage is most commonly associated with wood decks, but there are now excellent waterproof vinyl decking materials available. When you make an upgrade and use waterproof vinyl decking for your home’s deck, you can enjoy a number of benefits.
When wood gets wet, it can get rather slippery. This creates a safety concern for those who tread across the surface when it is wet. This can be particularly problematic if you have wooden stairs attached to your deck. Waterproof surfaces will stop water penetration and prevent moss and algae growth. Furthermore, vinyl decking has a textured embossing on the top surface providing you with traction on those wet days.
When wood gets wet, it is prone to developing mold and mildew. This can be an eyesore, and it can also lead to the increased decomposition or weakening of the wood. Waterproof materials that are used for decks are resistant to mold and mildew growth.
When wood gets wet, it inevitably will take on a worn look if the wood is not properly sealed and protected. Because of this, most who have a wood deck will need to seal or stain the material once every year or two. Ultimately, this can be a time-consuming task, and the maintenance task can be eliminated when you invest in a waterproof decking material. Simply by washing the deck once a year you will enjoy a clean and virtually maintenance free deck.
In addition to looking worn and weather-beaten when exposed to water, water can also cause wood to warp or even to rot over time. Some pieces of wood may need to be repaired or replaced from time to time in order to keep the deck in great condition, but this is not the case when you choose to install a waterproof vinyl deck material.
Ultimately, waterproof decking is a material that will provide you with a longer life than wood. While it may have a slightly higher up-front cost, you will enjoy greater functional use for a longer period of time from it. It will also continue to look great for a longer period of time. With wood decks there is no warranty but with our vinyl decking we offer a 15 year material warranty.
You cannot prevent the rain from falling on your deck, but you can minimize its impact. If you are interested in making an upgrade to your property to enjoy waterproof decking benefits, rest assured that Arbutus Sundecks can help. Contact us today to set up an appointment for a time that works best for you.