Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference: Like how a little wax can extend the paint job on your car or a coating of polyurethane can seal your hardwood flooring for years to come.
There’s a small investment on a deck that makes a similar difference.
Getting the Most from Your Deck
Getting a solid return on your investment is important when you are building a deck. You can recoup about 80% of the cost of building a new wood deck, during resale, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report. The average price to construct a new deck runs $15-30 a square foot, according to HGTV, so you want to get the most value from your money.
So what’s the one thing that you can add to your deck to get a greater return and longer life for your deck? Joist and Beam Flashing Tape
How Can Joist and Beam Flashing Tape Help?
With your deck, one of the costliest future repairs is fixing or replacing the substructure — the joists and beams that support the deck. Research shows that the deck substructure can begin to spilt, rot and decay in as little as 8-10 years.
Trex Protect is a non-skid, self-adhesive deck flashing tape that shields the tops of joists, rim joists, beams and the ledger board from moisture that can lead to the development of rot and wood decay and the loosening of deck screws and fasteners. It’s like wax on a car or polyurethane on your hardwoods, protecting against costly future water damage.
And this protection comes at such a low cost.
For an average size deck, measuring 12′ x 24′, five rolls of Trex Protect Joist Tape and one roll of Trex Protect Beam Tape will be all you need. So for less than a $100 investment, your deck substructure can last as long as the decking it supports.
HomeAdvisor estimates that the average cost of building a 200-500 square foot deck is about $7,000. When you’re spending thousands on a dream deck, $100 is the smartest possible add on — whether you’re a builder or a homeowner!
To find out exactly how much Trex Protect Joist and Beam Tape your project requires, use our Materials Estimator.