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Five Ways to Use Your Deck in Winter

Monday, December 25, 2023

Not sure how to enjoy your outdoor deck on a cold day? Some people leave their decks empty when the weather gets cold until the warmer months arrive. However, there are plenty of ways you can use your deck year-round. Now that you have these winter deck ideas, plus proper care and maintenance. Then it shouldn’t be too difficult to transform your outdoor deck during the winter months.

Install a Heater on Your Deck

You can use heaters on your deck, as long as you buy the right kind of heater. For example, deck heaters, fire pits, and portable fireplaces are all very popular today. Each of these can provide a different kind of heat for your outdoor area.

Installing a heater is one of the best ways to get your deck ready for winter. In addition to providing a warm space for gatherings, heating elements can make a deck more fun all year round.

But which outdoor heater is best for a winter deck? It still varies from person to person. You need to choose the right deck heater for your needs. This is because different types of heaters vary in how they heat your deck. Some heaters cost less, produce more heat, or run longer than others.

For example, wood decks can easily catch fire. For this reason, most wood-burning fire pits should not be used on wood decks. If your outdoor living space is constructed of a wood deck, then you can opt for a gas-burning fire pit. Composite decking made with wood fibers and recyclable plastics has a relatively high fire rating. Therefore, composite decking boards can be used with many types of deck heaters.

If you want to install a gas fire pit on composite decking such as Trex, COOWIN, etc., you must cut around the composite decking. A gas fireplace should not be installed over a trim board. It is important to line the underside of the fireplace with something that will not catch fire and to build a stone or other fireproof “wall” around the fireplace. This will hold the fireplace in place and prevent the walkway from getting too hot.

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You should not install a wood fire pit on composite decking without using something like high-quality insulation. It is possible for ashes from the bottom of the fire pit or from burning to fall onto the surface of the decking. These hot falls have the potential to damage the deck. There is no problem with decorative decking surfaces catching fire when standard-size portable fire pits and their shelves are placed underneath.

However, not all sizes of shelves are available, so check with the manufacturer first to be sure. High-quality fire guards and shelves should be moved at regular intervals so that the area underneath can be cleaned. It is important to remember that even with fireproof pads, flames can “shoot” through the pads and burn the deck. Additionally, you should always check with the company that manufactured your deck to make sure you don’t lose any warranty.

Enclosing Your Deck

Patio covers, plastic covers, and canopies are just a few simple ways to shelter your deck from the elements. When chosen correctly, winter deck enclosures can make your space safer and more comfortable. They can also be both stylish and functional.

Deck fencing not only keeps your deck protected from the elements, it also keeps your deck warm. This in turn helps the heater work better. Additionally, an enclosed deck can better protect your privacy.

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Building a Hot Tub

How will you use your deck in the winter? A hot tub is the only good answer. Many people think that a hot tub is the best decoration for a deck, and they’re right. No matter how cold it is outside, your deck will be one of your favorite places to be in the winter because of the boiling hot water.

Putting a hot tub on your deck couldn’t be better in the winter. But there are some things to keep in mind before putting in a hot tub. Some things are easy to guess, like having to plug in the tub. Some are harder to predict, so if you want to put a hot tub on your deck or patio in the winter. Then you need to know a little more about deck standards and how best to handle them.

Decorating a Deck in Winter

Winter deck decorating is both fun and practical. As the days get shorter and shorter in the winter, adding new sources of light to your deck is a useful and fun way to decorate your deck in the winter. You can pull strings of lights on awnings and put low-brightness lights on railings. You can also use lights to highlight Christmas signs and other winter decorations.

In addition to making the deck look nicer and safer. Having deck furniture that is appropriate for the season can also make the deck more comfortable. For example, wicker and wood furniture are popular choices for outdoor furniture. This is because they can keep you warm or block the wind in cold weather. Adding a few holiday pillows to your furniture can make a big difference.

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Keep Yourself and Your Deck Safe

Wood is a great insulator, but prolonged cold weather can also damage it. A very few cold nights can also damage a deck if it happens at the wrong time or in the wrong place. Once the problem occurs, the smooth surface of the deck can become very dangerous.

While there are many ways to protect your deck during the winter, the most important thing is to keep snow and ice off of it. If you can, use a broom rather than a shovel to prevent scratching the deck surface. Many people use salt to keep wooden steps from freezing. However, try to avoid using salt on your deck because it can dry out the wood.

If your deck is slippery in the winter, then non-skid tape may be a better idea. Before using these non-slip tapes, make sure they work with your decking materials.

With these simple steps and the help of a winter deck fence and heater. You can easily turn your deck into the cozy winter paradise of your dreams.

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