Summer doesn’t last forever, so why not make the most of it while it’s here? There are plenty of ways to enjoy the warm season—vacationing, camping, boating, hiking, swimming, etc.—but sometimes there’s nothing better than simply relaxing in your own outdoor living space. So, if you plan on spending most of your summer on your deck or patio, here are six ways to make the most of your outdoor spaces.
1. Revitalize Your Deck
Before anything else, assess the state of your outdoor living space. If you have a wooden deck, consider the last time you had it sealed or stained. Look for signs of damage and pay close attention to its structural integrity. After all, in order to fully enjoy your deck this summer, you must make sure it’s in good shape. Investing in deck repair and restoration is an important first step toward transforming and optimizing your outdoor space.
2. Freshen Up Your Furniture
Your deck or patio’s furniture plays a major role in its overall atmosphere and comfortability. If your furniture is outdated, poorly maintained, or simply lacking, now is the time to act. You might replace your old patio furniture or fix it up. Teak furniture, for instance, is highly durable but requires regular maintenance along with periodic deep cleaning, oiling, and sealing. Whatever the case may be, don’t forget to properly furnish your outdoor space.
3. Get Shady
The summer sun can be brutal both on your skin and your deck itself. Even if you enjoy laying in the sun, it’s always good to have the option of shade to prevent you and your deck from burning out. Installing roofing, awnings, or pergolas enhances the look of your outdoor space while protecting it (and you) from UV radiation and fallen objects. These overhead additions also allow for some decorative creativity.
4. Light it Up
Some of the best memories are made during summer nights. Like roofing, outdoor deck lighting is both functional and fashionable. Installing new lighting enhances visibility so everyone can clearly see where edges, stairs, and rails are at night. Doing so also adds flavor and personality to your deck and encourages late-night gatherings. If you want to really make an impression, consider adding deck rail lights and hanging lights (if you have a roof or pergola) to your outdoor space.
5. Prioritize Privacy
Even the most sociable among us enjoy some privacy. But if you don’t wish to fully enclose your deck or patio, privacy walls present a perfect solution. These walls, which can be solid or vented, create a partial barrier that keeps sound in and prying eyes out. Privacy walls also increase your deck’s safety, preventing accidental falls off ledges.
6. Fire in the Hole
Cool summer nights aren’t the same without a fire for people to gather around. Consider having your local deck contractors install a fire pit or fireplace for your outdoor space. Just make sure that the heat and sparks do not make direct contact with the deck’s wood.
Your summer oasis might be waiting for you right outside your door. The decking aficionados at SEAL-A-DECK can help you make the most of your outdoor living space this season with our various deck services, including installation, repairs, treatments, lighting, roofing, and more. To learn more about us or to schedule a deck check-up today, give us a call at 978-538-7325.