The common trend in decks is to get everything as low maintenace as possible. These homeowners were no exception. Time is better spent with family and friends, rather than spent staining a deck. We looked through many decking options before our homeowner decided on TimberTech's XLM product. XLM offers a great choice for that lowmaintenance option our homeowner was looking for. With fade, scratch and stain warranty you can be sure that this product is going to look great for a long time. We also went with aluminum railing here for the second half of the project. No more staining around spindles. Lights were added for functionality as well as evening ambiance. The only maintenance to do on this project is to paint the oversized columns and arches. Paint is the best way to tie things together to get that extension of your home look.