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Getting the Most Out of Your Deck

Everyone knows that once you have a deck installed that deck becomes the place to be for get-togethers, lounging around, entertainment and more. You can easily go from barbecuing to relaxing in the sun. With all the money and time you’ve invested designing and building your deck it only makes sense that you use it as much as possible. There are plenty of accessories and items that have been developed specifically for allowing you to enjoy time on your deck all year round. Even on days when the weather isn’t very nice.

Deck Coverage

For the hot days of summer an awning can be attached to your deck. It can be a retractable awning or a permanent awning. Either way they both will allow you to be able to enjoy your deck when the sun is blazing and even when it’s raining. If you like the idea of being able to look at the stars at night then a retractable awning would be perfect for you since they can easily be rolled back. There are also other innovations that allow you to provide coverage for your deck like pergolas and gazebos that are more appealing than awnings and can have screens to keep insects from swarming your deck.

Staying Warm

On cooler days where the extreme wind and low temperatures make you want to avoid spending time on your deck there are items like outdoor heaters that you can use to keep you warm on your deck. You can also have a fire pit installed, which will instantly add appeal to your deck and keep you warm throughout the entire winter. Fire pits can also be used for entertainment for those nights with the family when you want to make smores or grill hot dogs over an open flame.

Using Your Deck at Night

One of the biggest ways to get all you can out of your deck is by using great lighting. Lighting will help with your decks safety and let you keep the party going well into the late night hour. There are solar lighting options like Pegasus as well as low wattage LED lighting options available like Polaris. You can choose to have your lights stand out and be a focal piece or blend into the deck like stair lights or post cap lights. Whichever type of lighting you choose you will be able to enjoy your deck for much, much longer.

Choosing the Best Furnishings

When thinking about all the accessories and innovative ways to get the most use out of your deck you should first think about what you will be using your deck for most often. Will you be throwing parties and entertaining guests a lot? Will you be simply lounging on it and using it for personal enjoyment? Is it for your family to be able to extend their entertainment from the house to your backyard? The answer to what you will be using your deck for will help you be able to choose the best furnishings and layout for your deck. If you plan on entertaining a lot you may want to focus on furnishings that are portable and easy to move around so you can change your decks layout to restrict certain areas or open up more space like with privacy screens. Ottomans are a great portable furnishing choice because they can be used as a footrest, a seat, and a storage unit all while being lightweight enough to be moved easily.

Beautify Your Deck With Flowers

Another way to get a lot of use out of your deck and make it incredibly eye-appealing is by adding plants. Vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers can all add to the look of your deck and make it instantly beautiful. When choosing plants to add to your deck the first thing you should take into consideration is whether or not that plant can survive in your climate. If your climate is hot and dry all the time you will want to choose plants that can hold up against extreme heat like succulents. If your climate is humid and wet all the time you will want to choose plants that love lots of water like some perennials.

As you can see, owning a deck means a lot more than just having a place to curl up with a nice book, have a nice brunch, or entertain family and friends. It can be your oasis on any day of the year, no matter what the weather is like or whether or not it’s dark out. Once you use your deck to its fullest you will have plenty of excuses to spend time outside, enjoying the deck of your dreams.

 

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