We all know decks can be made of low maintenance decking. Can pergolas and porches be made to have lower maintenance too?


Low-maintenance in outdoor living has been a growing trend over the past two decades. It seems that while the appetite to move outdoors has grown, so the desire to have products that require little to no maintenance.

Decks have led the way in this category. Trex came on the scene 20 years ago and revolutionized the way we think about product attributes. There have been many other providers such as Azek and others that have jumped in and flourished in the low-maintenance category.

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal relaxing backyard!

So what about screen porches, covered patio’s, pergola’s, and other outdoor products? Here is what we have foundĀ over our 27 years in the design/ build outdoor living space.

Pergola’s were one of the first additional products that were tackled and it was achieved using PVC or vinyl as a substrate. While these are still available, they are approximately 3 times more in pricing and are usually made is standard sizes rather than custom. The other knock on the vinyl pergola’s is they are a bit shiny or not natural in appearance.

PVC trim is a category that has flourished as a low-maintenance alternative to wood. The use of trim boards has been expanded to include wrapping posts on porches and pergolas, soffit and fascia, and any type of exterior trim application. While it again is more costly, this is an area that has not met the price resistance of the pergola’s primarily because it is a smaller ticket and so the overall cost does not seem to be a barrier.

To find dozens of low maintenance alternative products, go to charlotte.archadeck.com and the photo gallery!

Trex Transcends Spiced Rum photo at Lake Norman in North Carolina with Trex Transcends black rail and a custom bench

Trex Transcends Spiced Rum photo at Lake Norman in North Carolina with Trex Transcends black rail and a custom bench

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