Vinyl Decking Tips To Improve Functionality And Visual Appeal

Posted on: 6 July 2021

When it comes to residential decks, the options are more varied than the traditional wood and stone decks. Vinyl is a modern decking material that is not only visually appealing but also long-lasting. Unlike wood, vinyl is water-resistant and bug-resistant, which makes it an excellent choice for outdoor use. As you consider installing a vinyl deck in your home, here are a few tips to maximize the functionality and improve the visual appeal of the new structure.

Invest in High-End Vinyl 

Vinyl is a synthetic material; therefore, you may be worried that the material will give your deck an unsightly shiny plastic look. This problem usually occurs with cheaper vinyl products. If the manufacturer doesn't buff the boards, they may come with a shiny appearance. Most homeowners use vinyl to achieve the wood appearance without dealing with the drawbacks of natural wood. To achieve this look, go for high-end vinyl boards. 

High-end vinyl products may be costlier, but they have a beautiful grain design that resembles natural wood. Higher-end products also come in varying grain patterns. The wood-like look and feel will make your decking look stylish and authentic.

Choose Fade-Resistant Materials

Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause some vinyl decks to lose their color luster over time. This change is usually noticeable with darker-colored decks. Repainting the deck isn't a viable option because paint doesn't adhere well to plastic. Therefore, you may need to repaint or refinish the decking every few years to maintain its appeal.

You can invest in factory-treated, fade-resistant vinyl decking. No-fade vinyl has unique chemical properties that block out UV rays and prevent them from affecting the paint molecules in the compound. Invest in high-quality vinyl boards that have been thoroughly engineered to resist UV damage.

Go for a Textured Surface

Smooth vinyl surfaces become slippery when wet, which can increase the risk of slip and fall accidents. To maximize safety on your deck, go for textured vinyl. Textured vinyl boards have a rougher surface due to the nature of the grain. Therefore, when the deck is wet, the surface isn't slippery. A textured decking may cost more than a smooth one, but it will prevent fall accidents in your outdoor area.

Consider Your Climate

If your deck area receives a lot of sunlight, the surface will absorb the heat. In areas with extremely hot summers, the heat absorbed by the vinyl can make it difficult to step on the deck barefoot. This problem is common with dark-colored surfaces as they absorb more heat than light-colored ones. Therefore, if you live in an area with a warmer climate, go for cool or light deck colors as they reflect solar heat, making the space more comfortable.

Consider these tips when installing a vinyl deck in your home. For more information on vinyl decking, consult your contractor.