Who says you can’t enjoy your deck now that summer is officially over? The parties, the small gatherings with friends and family, the meals and the quiet time enjoying the surroundings are all still possible even though the chill has returned to the air. Indeed one of the advantages of owning a well, maintained and beautiful deck is that it can be enjoyed all year round. There are two tricks to extending the fun times on your deck despite the falling temperatures. The first is to clean and carefully inspect it to ensure that it is free from damage and the second is to make it cozier and cold weather proof. Here are some tips for doing both and for getting the most out of your outdoor sanctuary.
It is far easier to enjoy oneself on a clean, well maintained deck than one that is a mess. Moreover, fall is the perfect time to inspect and refurbish your deck in anticipation of the winter months. After you’ve decided that you want to use your deck in fall, as opposed to shutting it down right away, you should prep it by inspecting it for wood damage. Make sure that the bolts and hardware are all still there and in good condition as well. At Decks by Ziec we can inspect your deck to ensure its safety and utility. Next, give it a good sweeping to remove leaves and other debris. After that, make sure that the waterproofing has held up. Use degreasing agents to remove summertime spills and stains left in the wake of your parties and gatherings. Finally, clean the deck with a gentle detergent and water.
Now that you have the preliminaries out of the way it’s time for some ideas on how to enjoy your deck despite the falling temperatures. Here are ways to make your deck just as cozy in the fall as it was in the now distant summer.