Your deck is the go-to place for catching some rays and late-night stargazing, a part of your home that combines the best of being outdoors with the comforts of the indoors. A well-built deck will last for decades, but they have to withstand the cruelty of the elements so it’s a good idea to perform an annual inspection on the structure to ensure everything is holding together for the safety of your family and guests. Some of the problem items to look for are weak post connections, rotted or wobbly posts, and rotting wooden floorboards that feel uncomfortably like they are about to give way when you step on them! You should definitely consider having those replaced before someone really does fall through!
Fortunately, there are much better alternatives to wood nowadays, like Trex decking, an eco-friendly “green” blend of 95% recycled timber and plastic that offers durability, sustainability, and ease of maintenance so your deck will be safe and sound for many years to come!
Once you have made sure your deck is in tip-top condition, it’s time to add some exciting elements to help make it an even more fun and pleasant place to be.
One surefire way to cosy things up is to add a deck-safe fireplace. There are a variety of models that can fit in an unused corner of the deck and provide a chilly night with warmth and the soothing flicker of firelight. You can even roast some marshmallows!
Another winning addition is to enhance your decks with some electric lighting, just make sure the fixtures you choose are rated for outdoor use. Try some upward-facing mood lights to give the corners a friendly glow, and be sure to have at least one strong floodlight available to help people navigate in the dark after the barbecue party runs late, adding an important level of safety.
If your deck gets a lot of full sun it doesn’t take much to make things too hot and chase everyone back inside. The easy answer to this is to bring in some big, portable umbrellas like those found in outdoor cafes, they not only give your deck a touch of elegance, they allow you to enjoy the outdoors even when the sun is at its height. Beware high winds, they can take those big umbrellas for a ride!
It’s time for a deck party!