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Composite vs Vinyl Decks vs Wood Deck

Designing a home or a property goes beyond the overall decision to structure it in particular ways as the mind finds most appealing. Features such as deck type and properties can go a long way in burgeoning the value of the property if handled correctly. Therefore, it is important to consider the best types of decks such as composite and vinyl decks before deciding.

Since time in memorial, wooden decks have held a special place in the hearts of many developers. However, modern advances in technology have led to the development of more virile decking types such as composite and vinyl decks. Although these decks have a more expensive upfront cost when compared to their wooden companion, they easily become more economical as the years roll by due to their drastically lower maintenance cost and heightened durability.

 

Before we delve too deep into the benefits of composite and vinyl decks in deciding which is best, it is important to consider what they actually are.

Composite decks

Composite decks are developed from wood waste and recycled plastics. It basically involves the extrusion of waste materials into valuable deck material.

Vinyl decks

Vinyl decks are entirely produced from plastics that are derived as a byproduct of petrochemical refining and are often called virgin vinyl.

Wood decks

Wood decks are the original decking materials and are often pressure treated and chemically infused to mitigate occurrences of insect and decay infestation, thus increasing its durability.

 

When comparing these three major decking types, what easily becomes noticeable is the different parameters on which they contest and some of these are listed below

Upfront material cost

This refers basically to the unit cost of the decking material per square area. Wood is the best in this parameter while composite has the highest cost.

Environmental sustainability

This measures the level of environmental material savings the deck provides e.g. does it use recycled products or not. Composite decks have the highest score on this parameter, while the other deck types perform averagely.

Maintenance and repair cost

This refers to the cost incurred in keeping the deck in a functional state, feel and aesthetics. Both composites and vinyl decks have similarly good maintenance and repair costs while wood deck has poor (expensive) costs.

Flexibility

This refers to the ease of conversion of the deck material to suit individual developer’s or homeowner’s needs. Composite decks are the most flexible to work with. Desks can be attested to by most developers while the others perform averagely.

Longevity

Longevity is the measure of how long the material is meant to last in years. Both composite and vinyl deck materials last the longest while wood decks perform poorly in comparison.

 

It easily becomes obvious that composite decks are the most sustainable and adaptable choices for homeowners. Developers that are not money conscious but are environmentally conscious. Also, vinyl decks are the best choices for people that are looking for affordability. However, the durable of decks that can serve them effectively for years to come.

 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Building a Concrete house

Most of us think that concrete houses are an unconventional way to build a house when compared to building a house with wood and bricks. But concrete blocks are quite often used these days to build house and buildings. Most people think that concrete build houses don’t look pleasing to the eye, but these days the external facings are so good that you hardly can make out the difference between a brick built house and a concrete block-built house. The following are some of the advantages and disadvantages of building a concrete house with a concrete contractor.

Advantages:

Concrete houses are best if you live in a humid environment:

Concrete homes are best for an area which is filled with moisture. If you happen to have a wooden house in such environments, the wood might get wet, This might attract fungus and rot which will damage the wood. When you have concrete blocks, you can avoid such things. These blocks are also resistant to termites and other things which have the potential to damage your home.

Concrete blocks are best for windy areas:

Homes built out of concrete blocks are extremely strong and thus are perfect for areas which are prone to high winds. Concrete houses will not be easily toppled over even during extreme weather conditions. It is said that concrete blocks can withstand winds over 200 miles an hour. If you maintain it properly, your house will last for years. The concrete house is also fire resistant as cement is not flammable.

Concrete houses have great insulation:

The insulation is pretty great, and the hot air or the cool air inside the house won’t escape that easily from the house. It is also soundproof, which is great to host parties. Even having a loud music inside your house and not disturb your neighbors. You can also avoid the noise pollution from outside.

Disadvantages:

Concrete blocks are expensive:

When compared to other materials, concrete homes tend to be a little more expensive. The price may fluctuate based on the region you live in, and thus you need to do proper research and find out the cost in your area before you buy them.

 

Not very pleasing to the eye:

Concrete blocks are grey and dull. As they are plain, many homeowners refuse to buy concrete blocks. If at all you want it to be painted you will have to add a coat of cement to get your house painted.

Plumbing in concrete can be hard:

If at all there is a plumbing issue in your house. It can be quite hard to access the broken pipes through the concrete walls. You might have to break the concrete to fix your pipes. To avoid this, you need to make sure that you have a good drainage system in your house so that you wouldn’t have to break anything.

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