A technology once used exclusively for home siding is making its way to backyard decks. As many homeowners have come to experience, water, humidity, pollen and sun exposure can leave an outdoor retreat looking faded and dingy after just one season of dinner parties, family gatherings and game watching parties, turning the dream of a spectacular backyard deck into a maintenance nightmare.
In response, many homebuilders are turning to fiber cement decking by Allura.
Fiber cement stands up to weather conditions in all climates, it does not rot and wood-boring insects are never an issue. The product is flame resistant, cooler on feet and unlike real wood, doesn't fade, peel or chip.
"The only time you have to repaint or stain fiber cement is if you want to change the color," notes Tom Taylor, Allura's director of customer relations.
"Allura decking looks like wood, but with none of the hassles," he adds. "Fiber cement is changing everything we previously came to accept about backyard decks. It's an affordable choice for transforming a landscape."
In addition, Realtors say the durability of fiber cement appeals to prospective buyers when it comes time to sell.
Taylor also advises homeowners work with their homebuilder to design a deck in proportion to the rest of their home, taking into consideration the size of their home, yard and intended use of the deck.