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In the U.S., the summer season is all about being outdoors with friends and family. From weekend barbecues to night-gazing under the stars, a deck is the perfect summertime destination for all things relaxing and fun. However, over the years you may discover that your current deck design no longer suits your needs. Many homeowners initially build their deck on a budget, only to realize several years later that they have the capital needed to make further improvements. In most cases, homeowners will decide to add on to or renovate their deck rather than fully reconstruct it.
If you’ve been thinking about ways to enhance your deck then read below for simple deck renovation ideas that add value.
If your deck is made from wood, then moisture is its natural enemy. As part of an annual maintenance routine you need to apply a waterproofing sealant to it to prevent the boards from swelling and warping. Waterproofing a wood deck is essential, even if you are trying to let the cedar or redwood age naturally. Adequately protecting a wood deck can be extremely costly, especially if you factor in staining and repairs. Investing in a low-maintenance, capped polymer or capped wood composite deck may be the answer for protection, longevity and overall cost. TimberTech Building Products has created this decking materials cost comparison chart to illustrate the differences. Read on for more on composite decking.
One option for a deck which lacks seating space is to add built-in benches. This type of seating can be cheaper than modern furniture in the long run, and you never have to worry about storing it away during the winter months. This renovation not only adds more comfort and functionality to your deck, but just adding seating alone makes the home more attractive to prospective buyers, should you ever decide to sell.
With this in mind, adding built-in benches to an existing deck is a solid way to maximize your ROI. For the most fluid look, just be sure to use the same decking material for the benches.
Daylight lasts longer in the summertime, but many homeowners like to take advantage of their deck after dark. So, why not make your deck a little more accommodating after the sun goes down by adding some select lighting? Depending on the aesthetic goal, you can surround your deck with solar lighting so no wires need to be run, or you can string some fairy lights or Japanese lantern-style lighting to create more of a festival feel. If you’re considering a major deck renovation you can opt to add more permanent lighting fixtures such as in-deck lights or accent lights.
Your initial deck design may no longer be the most ideal deck design if you’ve lived in the same home for many years. For instance, you may notice that your deck has become the go-to spot for family gatherings and parties, and rather than dealing with the cramped space, it may be worthwhile to extend the deck. In order to make your deck extension project as pain-free as possible try to keep the design simple so that it only requires standard length lumber, such as 6’, 8’, 10’, or 12’ boards. Not only will you save money, you’ll produce less waste as well.
If you have an older wood deck or haven’t yet built a deck and want to keep maintenance needs to a minimum, then you should consider using composite decking or PVC decking materials. Although the initial cost is a little higher, the added expense of maintaining a wood deck ultimately makes these modern materials a more cost-effective choice. When comparing the maintenance costs for wood verses composite, the cost savings can amount to several thousands of dollars over the deck’s lifespan.
TimberTech produces premium wood composite decking that is capped with a protective polymer on all four sides. It is resistant to mold, mildew and moisture damage. It also won’t splinter, rot or warp. In addition, TimberTech’s innovative decking material also comes with a 25-Year Limited Warranty. To learn more about our composite decking products read here.