Buyer’s Guide to Vinyl Patio Decking
A new vinyl patio can make a huge difference when it comes to making your home more inviting, enjoyable, as well as improving the look and feel of your yard space. So how do you go about choosing and installing a patio and vinyl patio decking? Tuff Industries has covered all the options for you:
Vinyl Patio Considerations
Before installing a vinyl patio, consider how your patio is going to appear in relation to your home. Generally speaking, patios and decks are a focal point for your yard or garden – so you want to draw attention to the nicest part of your yard space, if possible. If not, you might want to plan for some landscaping after the project is completed.
Next, consider the elements your deck will be exposed to; such as sun, wind, snow, rain, etc. Many deck and patio surfaces take a regular beating from heat, cold, and wind, which over time will cause wear – which in turn can mean regular maintenance. Of course, with vinyl patio decking your deck will hold up in all types of weather, but you also might want to consider adding some protection from the elements so you can get more enjoyment from your patio.
Should You DIY?
There are many projects that are easy to do yourself, building a patio probably isn’t one of them. There are many factors that go into patio and deck building, to make them safe, long-lasting, and in line with local building codes. Hiring a professional contractor to build your patio and install a vinyl patio decking will often cost less than your think since contractors have access to discounts with building suppliers.
Include Finishing Touches
There’s nothing worse than a bare patio, so you’ll want to include in your budget some funds for patio furniture, a new barbecue, and some ceramic pots for plants. These touches will help your new vinyl patio space feel like home. Installing solar lighting or strings of lights and lanterns can also help you enjoy your deck more once the weather warms.
How to Plan your Patio
The best place to start planning is Houzz, where you can view projects and take a look at what contractors have to offer. Tufdek™ has its own profile on Houzz, so you can view some of our finished vinyl patios and decide what style is right for you, as well as visualizing the types of vinyl patio decking that will work best with your home.
Why Start Now?
Looking outside, it seems like there are eons to go before spring arrives. However, by the time you choose your style of patio and vinyl patio decking, interview and select a contractor, and apply for a building permit (if required) it will be an ideal time to build a patio. Start now so you can get the most out of your vinyl patio this year.