Holiday Shopping List for Your Deck

December 23, 2018

As you’re making your lists, and checking them twice, take another look. Did you forget to get your deck a present? There are many outdoor accessories on the market, but not all of them are right for composite decks! Here we’ve compiled a list of some great options, and also some of the special considerations you need to have to protect your investment.

String Lights

Set the mood with some ambiance! Globe string lights are one of the best accessories to add charm to your outdoor space, and this LED option steps its game up a level by featuring Edison filaments.

Fire Pit

Although fire pits are an incredible accessory, you do need to be careful adding them to a capped composite or a capped polymer deck (like ours!). This article from Hunker, does an excellent job of laying out the steps you’d need to take to protect your composite deck underneath a fire pit. As far as style, you certainly can’t get any more luxe than these options from Restoration Hardware, which was featured in a Seattle project completed by none other than Dr. Decks (featured in this blog post)!


There are a lot of questions on what mat works best with composite decking, and many customers have made the mistake of leaving rubber-backed mats on their deck. Our Care & Cleaning Guide states that customers should “avoid the use of rubber-backed mats, tarps, and other non-porous items on the deck for any extended period of time as these items may cause discoloration to the decking surface.” When shopping, make sure to check what material your mat or rug is made of, and to be safe, remove the mat when the deck isn’t going to be in use, which can prevent some of the common issues.

Melt the Ice!

In the winter, decks often get slippery, icy, and definitely require some extra caution. For ice removal, most products containing calcium chloride can be used without damage to the deck porch surface. Something to keep in mind, though, is that these products may leave a white residue which can be cleaned using the steps listed in our Care & Cleaning section.


Get Inspired!

What’s next for your deck? Get inspired with our incredibly accessorized Chicago roof deck here on Houzz!

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