Keeping up with annual, exterior maintenance is a nearly impossible chore when I cannot bend and stoop without getting light-headed and short of breath. The alternatives I've used for four years were to ignore the maintenance and to hire someone to do it for me. However, it is getting harder and harder to find someone reliable.
This fall, I decided to make as many of the surfaces maintenance-free. It was time for a face lift.
The deck has been sheathed in plastic composite material, made from old pop bottles, etc. All I need to do is sweep and hose it off every year.
The shed no longer looks like a homesteader's hut but is encased in vinyl siding and matches the house.
I am pleased with the outcome, and I am very pleased that these surfaces do not require annual maintenance.