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Design & Planning

How to Make the Most of Your Deck During Colder Months

November 19 2018
Decking Porch Design & Planning
william short photography

3 Ways to Turn Your Deck Into a Year-Round Escape

Many homeowners predominantly use their deck during the spring and summer months and may not  consider using it after the weather turns cold. However, not utilizing your deck through the off-season means you’re not getting the most value from your investment.

Here are 3 ideas for taking advantage of your outdoor space regardless of the weather.

Install a Cover Over Your Deck

One of the most common reasons a deck sits idle during the fall and winter months is due to rain and snow. Installing a cover on your deck means you’ll not only be protected it from the elements, but you’ll also be able to sit outside regardless of the weather. And, there’s nothing quite like sitting on the deck with a cup of hot cocoa, enjoying the serenity of falling snow. 

Add Heating Elements

Falling temperatures are another top reason why deck owners head indoors. By adding just a few portable heat lamps to your deck you’ll be able to beat the cold in no time. If you’re worried about your electricity bill consider another popular option: the chimenea. This portable fire feature is made from either metal or clay and can be loaded with small pieces of firewood. Chimenea’s also retain more heat than fire pits since they are more contained. Combine a portable heating feature with a deck cover and/or deck screen to retain the most heat.

Decorate Your Deck for the Holidays

If you decorate your house for the holidays, why not the deck? Replace your summer flower pots with holiday string lights and add some miniature evergreen trees or a poinsettia for an extra touch of color. These small additions will make your deck a destination rather than an afterthought.

Talk to Your Builder to Ensure Year-Round Use of Your Deck

Before you have your deck designed, talk with your builder about all of the options available to you, and your intentions for your deck. Tell the contractor that you want to be able to enjoy your deck all year around, not just in the spring and summer. Additionally, if you are building a multi-level deck, consider adding under deck drainage such as TimberTech’s Dryspace. This will help with collecting and channeling moisture away from the living space under the second story. 

Follow these tips to help ensure that you get the most out of your deck even in the winter months.