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Carson Arthur dishes on the value of decks

A good deck can increase a home’s perceived value by up to 10 per cent by increasing the available living space according to several sources including the Gallop Organization. If you can rely on a 10 per cent increase to your home’s value by adding a deck, you now know exactly how much you can spend when creating useable space in your backyard.

I tell homeowners to never spend more than 10 per cent of your home’s value when adding a deck. Why spend money that you’re not going to get back? Unfortunately, wood decks don’t mix well with the elements as compared to some other outdoor materials like stone and concrete. Sun, snow, rain, ice and hail can all deteriorate unprotected wood, reducing its lifespan significantly. We are now seeing more products entering into the market that extend the life of your deck. Composites like Trex mix plastics with wood, allowing you to have a deck that lasts up to 25 years. Even the traditional green pressure-treated wood is getting a facelift with new products like MicroPro Sienna, which is a rich brown toned wood that uses a stain with smaller molecules allowing for deeper penetration.