Hey guys, it’s Jennifer, and if you are like me, you’re so ready for winter to be on its way. The good news is Punxsutawney Phil didn’t cast a shadow on Groundhog Day, which means an early spring! And I’ve got the fever already. To cheer me up, I spent the weekend planning my biggest spring project yet - a new deck! After last spring of cleaning, staining, sanding down splinters, hammering popped-up nails, and sealing the deck, I declared that I would never do annual maintenance on a deck again! Time is the one thing in life you can’t get back. And I already have a deficit the way it is.
Don’t quote me on this, but I read somewhere that by year 11 of a natural wood deck, a homeowner can have spent nearly $5,000 on maintenance alone. No thank you! What makes doing a deck project so exciting is the countless design and accessory options from Inteplast Building Products. Their decks and porches are engineered to be durable, yet lightweight, moisture resistant - which means no mold and mildew - and the best part, low-maintenance. But if you’re especially interested in the design options and styles, like I am, you don’t have to compromise longevity and durability for aesthetics. They’ve got that covered too with 6 variegated colors and 6 solid colors, all with slip-resistant, splinter-free surfaces. Though I hate the upkeep of real wood, I do like the look of natural wood and modern, dark colors. That’s why I’m partial to their solid color Espresso decking.
When you’re shopping around for the right deck or porch product, take advantage of the online inspiration photo galleries that most manufacturers have. Inteplast has a share feature in their gallery so I was able to send images that I liked to my hubby to get his thoughts. I also used their Deck and Rail visualizer tool so I could match deck colors with rail colors. They help give you a real-world idea of what the products will look like put together.
As an overachieving DIYer, I’m the first to admit my limitations, and this is one of those projects. While I’ll do a lot of the planning and designing myself, I’m gonna leave this installation to the pros and I’ll concentrate on finding just the right patio furniture and accessories to complete the project. Be sure and talk with your local lumberyard or contractor if you are unsure of your deck-building abilities. Inteplast has a DIY checklist if you think you’re up for the challenge.
Keep in mind when thinking about the right deck materials, the time and upkeep needed to maintain your deck over its lifespan I’d rather spend my time enjoying my deck than working on it.
Guess what….only 16 more days until spring! Happy decking everybody.