A deck or patio is one of the most enjoyable areas of a home, especially during warmer months. After winter weather and spring rains, however, your deck may need some sprucing up to look its best. The following tips will help get your deck ready for the summer season.
1. Clean Up
After the winter months it’s time to do a thorough inspection of the deck. Start by looking for any loose boards or splinters that need sanded down. The next step is to clean the deck with mild soap and water. After repairing and cleaning, it’s time to refinish the deck if it’s made of wood.
2. Add Some Color
When bringing out the tables and chairs make sure to inspect the finish on each piece of furniture you’ll be using on your deck or patio. A fresh coat of paint is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to spruce up outdoor furniture and make it look brand new. Try to choose two main colors that complement one another.
3. Put out Lights
Lighting adds great ambiance to any outdoor area. Stringing lights along branches, railings, and even canopies can make a deck look elegant and romantic. Lights that are strung through a lattice can be arranged in ways that provide intricate designs as well as adding necessary light. Tiki torches and lanterns are also great options for lighting up a deck.
4. Create Shade
Outdoor decks can quickly get hot during the summer months. Canopies and even table umbrellas can instantly add shade and bring the temperature down several degrees. If you have a roof over your patio adding curtains can provide shade as well as style.
A deck is an extension of your home and should be a place where everyone in the family can relax. Rugs, pillows, and candles are easy ways to add personal touches that can make an outdoor deck comfortable. If you choose to decorate with cushions make sure to pick those that are waterproof.
6. Arrange Plants
Plants are a great way to add color and style to a deck. The types of plants to choose from are almost endless. Lily of the Nile are hardy plants that grow well in pots. Coleus and Pansies are also plants that usually do well on patios and decks. Tall potted plants can be used to add privacy on a deck. Some types of plants and herbs can even help repel insects.
Lakeside Exteriors offers exterior remodeling for decks, gutters, siding, windows, and doors. They provide a certified team of craftsmen and nearly 20 years of experience making outdoor areas look great. If you want to build a new deck or make repairs to your current deck be sure to call Lakeside Exteriors for a free remodeling consultation.