Top Reasons to Install Vinyl Decking Rather than Paint
You’ve seen the infomercials – why wouldn’t you just paint an old deck, rather than install vinyl decking? In just one weekend you could have a deck that looks amazing! Like the adage, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is – and that goes double for deck painting. We’ll explain why you’re much better off to install a new vinyl membrane rather than painting.
#1: Cost Comparison of Paint vs Vinyl decking
Many homeowners choose to paint a deck because it’s cheap. Or rather, it seems to be. The truth is, digging into real experiences paints a more expensive picture of the reals costs of painting a deck.
Reading reviews indicates that it seems to take much more product to paint the deck than the product information indicates. Then there’s the cost of materials like sandpaper, brushes, rollers, etc. But that’s not all – it could cost much more in the long run.
#2: Quality & Lifespan of Paint
Homeowners typically decide to paint a deck because 1) their deck is failing and needs protection, 2) they want a quick and affordable solution. While this is perfectly acceptable, in the long run paint won’t satisfy either option.
Paint will eventually crack and peel, allowing water beneath. This will require repainting, which puts you back at square one. Meanwhile, if water has damaged the deck surface you might be faced with replacing the entire deck (or covering with vinyl membrane, which you could have done in the first place). And paint doesn’t last nearly as long as covering the deck with a high-quality vinyl membrane.
#3: Look & Feel of Paint vs Vinyl Decking
Painted deck products can look okay to start, but sun, scrapes, and heat will cause peeling eventually. Vinyl decking, meanwhile, is strong, built to stand up to the rigors of weather and traffic. Do you want a short-term solution, or long-term protection to ensure your deck will remain in good condition for a long time?
Instead of a quick, cheap solution to restore an old deck, choose one that will protect your deck for the long-term – vinyl decking. You won’t have to worry about cracking and peeling, and your deck will be protected for many years to come while it looks great and is low maintenance. It’s well worth the investment and will offer peace of mind to homeowners.
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