Need suggestions on replacing a wood patio deck.
October 25, 2011 8:16 PM Subscribe
I have a 7' x 10' concrete slab patio. It currently has wooden deck tiles on top, but they are falling apart and need replacing. What is the best, inexpensive replacement option?
Ideally, I would replace the deck tiles, but it is in the $300-$400 range, which doesn't seem worth it for such a small space. I am thinking of just building a small wooden deck at ground level. However, I'd like to keep cost and maintenance at a minimum. I'd prefer no annual painting or staining. I'd like something that is nice to walk on (barefoot) especially for young kids (pavers or concrete seem too rough if they fall on it).
Is painting out of the question? Would it would need to be repainted ever year, or can I use a specialty paint that would last longer?
If I use a nicer quality wood, can I forgo the maintenance? Any suggestions on what wood to use? All I see at Home Depot is the regular pressure treated deck panels. Would I need to go to a specialized lumber yard for more options? (and can I still keep it affordable?)