Vinyl decks join function, durability
Allowing for a variety of colors and designs with minimal maintenance, vinyl decks are ideal for homeowners who appreciate function and practicality. According to Consumer Reports, these lightweight designs resist the elements better than their wood, composite or aluminum competition. They are also mildew- and pest-resistant, though regular cleaning goes a long way toward protecting your investment. These features make vinyl perfect for those living in harsh or damp climates.
When considering a vinyl deck, it is important to take your neighborhood and home style into account--what passes for fresh and functional in a new subdivision may look out of place in a historic district. Vinyl also costs $500 to $600 per 100 square feet on average, making it more expensive than most wood or composite options. Still, vinyl decking is available in a number of styles and colors, making it a relatively customizable addition to your home.