The Pros and Cons of Wooden Porches

The Pros and Cons of Wooden Porches
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    A porch is a valuable addition to any home.

    It adds aesthetic appeal, expands living space and contributes to your property's resale value.

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Wood remains among the most popular and enduring materials with which to build a porch, but with so many alternative choices, is it still the best option? What are the pros and cons of wood versus composite and concrete? Here is a closer look.

Maintenance and Upkeep

Real wood has a traditional look, but how do maintenance and upkeep compare to other materials? According to KompareIt, pressure-treated lumber costs 25 percent less than composite decking, so if you are working with a budget, wood is a good choice.

It does, however, require regular waterproofing and UV protection to shield it from moisture, insects, and sunlight. The maintenance schedule is not forgiving. Do it regularly and your wooden porch may last a lifetime, but delay it too long, and boards can splinter or warp. 

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Composite decking, however, requires virtually no upkeep, so it can be a better long-term value when you consider the cost of maintenance. It comes in hundreds of colors, requires no coating, and it is impervious to pests. Dark-colored planks may fade over time, but most accept paint or stain.

Concrete costs less than composite and is roughly the same as wood; however, laying it down is not a do-it-yourself job for most homeowners, and the cost of professional labor adds up. Concrete also requires sealing, and while it is not as susceptible to insect damage as wood, it is prone to water damage and needs similar maintenance.

Adding Appeal to the Home

A porch adds curb appeal and resale value to any home. It highlights the entryway and gives the house a finished looked. Arlington Development suggests choosing materials that match the home create the greatest appeal. Wooden porches enhance conventional cedar shingles, but a composite porch may be a better match for vinyl siding. Concrete is paintable and blends well against brick and stucco.

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Expands Space

The Plan Collection says that consumers everywhere across America have placed an importance on having decks, patios, and porches to expand their living space – utilizing the exterior landscape of the home. A covered porch extends your living area. Expand on a rustic space with a wooden porch and rocking chairs for entertaining, or create a functional area for storage with moisture-resistant composite or concrete.

Whether you choose the charm of wood, the ease of composite or the utility of concrete, a porch will add comfort, interest and resale value to your home as long as it is well-maintained.

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