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More and More homeowners are referring to their deck as “Ugly”. The average deck in the United States is hitting 20 years old. As homeowners are struggling with the maintenance of their deck, they are investigating different maintenance free products. The list of materials being considered are composite, pvc, aluminum and vinyl.
As a contractor that has been in the home improvement industry for 20 + years, I prefer PVC for decking and aluminum for the railing system. Timbertech and Azek are my two preferred brands for decking. Decking technology has dramatically advanced over the last 5 years. Decking now simulates beautiful wood but doesn’t require the maintenance of traditional wood. Also deck boards have hidden fastening systems built into the product. The days of seeing nail and or screws are gone. Now decking has a clean hardwood floor look.
Aluminum railing system offers the most advantages for deck railings. It comes more variety of styles, colors, and post sizes then any other railing system. I prefer the Westbury Aluminum railing system over any other. It has the best paint powder coating system in the industry. I also haven’t found any system that incorporates as many choices as the Westbury system. I like using pvc for decking and aluminum for railing because it provides a nice a balance of material.
Over the next decade homeowners will be replacing their “Ugly” decks with decks that look great and eliminate the constant maintenance of wood decks. The revolution has begun.