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Patio Decks | 3 Considerations To Echo Your Personality When You Choose Patio Decking Materials

by غزل موسوی

Outdoor decks are extraordinary additions to most homes because they help you enhance your alfresco living space with the décor you desire. Choosing your decking material requires careful planning, so consider these factors to echo your personality when you choose materials for patio decks.

Consider Your Maintenance Needs

Some homeowners don't mind regular cleaning and maintenance, while others prefer something that requires minimal upkeep –– either because they are busy or simply don't want the hassle of everyday cleaning. If you fall in the former category, then your have a myriad of decking materials at your fingertips, whether you decide to go with timber, composite, natural stone or bamboo decks. If you fall into the latter category, then you'll want deck materials that offer minimal maintenance. For instance, synthetic decks made from high-quality PVC are designed for extreme low maintenance because of their scratch, mildew and stain resistant properties. Modern synthetic materials allow you to simulate the look of natural stone and wood, so you can get the finish you desire without the same level of maintenance necessary.

Consider Home Aesthetics

The existing aesthetics of your home will play a role in the type of material you choose. While there's no specific rule about pairing a specific material against your home style, you may want to consider the types of materials that offset your home's outdoor design best. For instance, vintage-inspired homes look perfect when adorned with timber, bamboo or composite decks because of their classic and timeless appeal, while natural stone and decorative concrete look stunning against modern home designs because of their minimalist appeal. Of course, your personal taste and preferences will play a role in your ultimate decision.

Consider Your Local Climate

Your local climate conditions may also play a role in the decking material you desire for your home because some materials may not withstand extreme weather conditions as well as others. For instance, while natural wood is unparalleled in beauty, it can split and warm over time when exposed to weather elements. To prevent this from happening, you will need to seal and stain the timber regularly. In comparison, composite decks made from recycled plastics and wood fibres offer stronger and more resilient ability to withstand tough weather conditions, making them a good choice for areas with heavy winds and rain. Natural stone is also an ideal choice for wet climates, but you'll ideally want to choose decking with some texture to prevent slipping. Modern sealants are available today to make most materials weather and slip resistant, so you have a myriad of choices that echo your personal taste.

If you're planning to introduce alfresco decks to your home, keep these factors in mind for making choices that resonate best with your personality.