Decks: Not Just For Summer Anymore
Extend the use of your deck into the fall.
Sponsor content courtesy of Royal Building Products
Homeowners across the country are investing more in their outdoor decks. According to a 2017 survey by the American Institute of Architects, outdoor living rooms have taken the top spot in terms of growing consumer interest among special function rooms. Homebuyers are seeking lavish but functional outdoor spaces even in states with cooler climates. Decks are replacing kitchens, dining and family rooms as the go-to gathering spaces for family meals, parties and leisure time. But as crisp fall temperatures descend on many areas of the country, homeowners tend to abandon their decks until spring. Below are tips on how to get use out of your deck well into the fall season and continue enjoying the space even as the weather gets cooler.
Think Beyond Natural Wood Decking
If you find yourself gravitating towards the look of natural wood, consider your natural environment and how much time, money and effort you want to spend maintaining your deck. If you live in an area where the seasons change and experience various weather conditions, such as extreme heat, rain and snow, natural wood decking will sustain a lot of damage throughout the year and require regular costly maintenance. To preserve the beauty of your deck throughout the year without the time and cost of maintenance, invest in a premium composite deck that echos the same warmth and appearance of natural exotic wood, like Zuri® Premium Decking from Royal® Building Products.
Bring the Heat Outside
Consider adding a heating or fire feature to your deck such as a traditional gas or bioethanol unit. With the addition of an outdoor heating system, your deck becomes a second living room that you can continue enjoying as the temperatures dip. To avoid any damage on your decking, place a porcelain tile or a stone beneath the fire source. You could also opt for infrared heat, which can be mounted on a structure, such as a wall, pergola or ceiling. Who says s’mores can only be enjoyed around a campfire in the summer?
Enjoy Grilling Season into Football Season
Another great way to extend your deck season is by adding an outdoor kitchen to your deck with features that can extend or complement your indoor kitchen. In addition to a standard grill, modern outdoor kitchens now include amenities like a smoker, beer tap, wine cooler, brick pizza oven, or a large burner. These outdoor culinary amenities will keep you cooking your favorite summer foods well into fall. Enjoy football season by hosting a tailgate—right on your own deck!
Keep it Warm and Cozy
Continue using your deck in the fall by investing in comfortable outdoor furniture that will keep you and your guests warm. Change up the look of your outdoor seating by swapping out your bright summer accent pillows for fall colors like darker greens, burgundies and rustic golds. Keep warm throw blankets nearby for when the temperatures begin feeling chilly. Finally, add traditional fall decorations like mums or pumpkins to complete the warm, seasonal and festive deck space.