When you add a deck to your home, you add more than a beautiful outdoor space, you add value. Make the most of your investment by protecting it from water damage.
Invest in your home
You can expect to recoup about 83% of the cost of building a new timber deck and 65% of a composite deck when you sell your home, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost Vs. Value Report. With a bathroom addition, the ROI is just 57%. For a kitchen renovation, it’s about 60%. Additionally, the cost of building a deck is relatively affordable. So if you are looking to add more living space and increase your home’s value, build a new deck.
How much does a deck cost?
The cost will depend on the materials you choose. While some materials have greater cost initially, lower maintenance and greater durability may make it the better choice for you.
Decking costs anywhere from $200 – $1,000 per square metre, according to HiPages.com. This breaks down to:
- $200 per square metre for treated pine decking
- $320+ per square metre for hardwood timber decking
- $350+ per square metre for composite decking
- $1,000+ for elevated cyclone rated decking
Thus, an average-sized composite deck at 6 x 6 metres would cost about $12,000.
Make it Last Longer
Most decks are expected to last for years to come. However, the greatest danger to timber is water damage. Without proper protection, a timber foundation can start decaying long before the warranty runs out. According to homebuilders, most decks start to split and rot around 8-10 years.
The cause: The timber joists and bearers used to build your deck are exposed to moisture. Water enters through the deck boards and screws holes. Once it gets into these spaces, it sits on the timber causing it to rot and the screws to rust. In areas with especially hot and wet weather, the damage happens even faster.
Your deck boards will last a lot longer than your timber base structure unless you take steps to protect the joists and bearers from moisture.
Choose the Right Joist and Bearer Tape to Get the Job Done
A simple solution to extend the life of your deck is to seal the joists and bearers with protection tape. This tape creates a moisture barrier between the timber and galvanized metal, protecting the decking structure from timber rot and decay.
There are two primary options when it comes to selecting joist and bearer tape:
- Asphalt-based taping. Although the cost of asphalt-based tape is less expensive, it will dry out more quickly, curl up and hold water. As a result, you will not get the full life out of your deck.
- Butyl tape. Butyl tape is stickier, endures less staining, less oozing occurs during high temperatures and it has a wider temperature range for installation. Butyl tape is also more rubbery than asphalt-based tape and flows around screws making for a tighter seal so no water infiltrates the screw holes.
The net result: butyl tape is a superior product for weatherproofing the timber foundation of your deck and making it last longer.
Choose Trex Protect for best results
Trex Protect’s butyl tape is easy to use and simple to apply. Available in two widths – 50 mm x 20 m for joists and 100 mm x 20 m for bearers —Trex Protect is applied as a cap (vs. wrapping) to horizontal and vertical surfaces, allowing the timber to breathe. It comes with a 20-year warranty that guarantees you will get the life out of your deck.
The small cost is well worth adding years to your new timber deck.
Adding a deck to your home is a smart way to extend your living space outdoors. Extend the life of your deck, with butyl tape, such as Trex Protect.