Monday, July 04, 2022
The sunny summer days are here and your family and kids are ready to play in the sun. To spend quality time outdoors, it’s time to make the most of your composite deck. Outdoor composite decking can be the perfect family place with just a little planning and remodeling. A good outdoor deck will allow you to have better fun, get your family through the warm summer months, and make some special memories.
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Whether or not you have kids or pets in your home, it’s important to improve your outdoor safety and security. Before you start your outdoor life, make sure your outdoor deck is not a safety hazard. Improve outdoor safety by modifying your deck according to the following requirements.
According to the Residential Safety Code, if your outdoor deck is 30 inches above ground level, handrails and fencing must be installed. the composite railing should be at least 36 inches in height. The space between the individual posts in the composite railing should be less than 4 inches. The distance between the bottom of the railing and the top of the composite deck surface should also be no more than 4 inches. These are to prevent children from getting stuck or slipping through.
Install treads on smooth step surfaces to prevent people from falling. However, add gates at the top and bottom of the stairs and use child safety locks to secure exterior doors to prevent children from running up high on their own.
When you are relaxing on your outdoor deck, you may place some furniture. When you place furniture, remember to stay away from the composite railing, this is to avoid children from climbing furniture and railings.
Check the composite railing and deck stairs to make sure they are secure and in good condition.
Children are always active, in order to let them be quiet for a while. You can add some elements to the composite deck so that they can play quietly. You can prepare a children’s table and chairs for your children on the composite decking. You can also create storage space for your child’s bubbles, outdoor toys, and watercolor paintings. Make them the perfect space for family fun!
If your composite decking is a high-level deck, you can build a play space under the composite deck board. Turn the space under the composite deck into an oasis for you and your kids. You can hang swings or rocking beds on the edge of the outdoor deck, thus creating an area protected from the hot summer sun. Don’t forget to set up some benches and picnic tables so that when the kids are tired of playing, they can take a break and eat some snacks and fruits.
Staying inside the house can be a bit stuffy during the hot summer months. So, why not plan some outdoor activities for summer nights? For example, host a party in an outdoor living space and have drinks and songs with friends. Or build an outdoor movie theater and enjoy a movie while enjoying a snack. Or, of course, you can lie around with the kids counting the stars and telling them some fairy tales. What a great summer evening!
If your kids don’t like to eat much, you can try picnics. A change of scenery may whet their appetite! Get out a picnic mat and enjoy a meal on composite decking. Of course, you can also have an outdoor barbecue. One thing to keep in mind is to keep the kids away from the grill to avoid burns. Depending on your needs, you can add some tables and seating. The outdoor deck dining area can also be relaxed and fun.
The summer sun is still very sunny. Therefore, when you are ready to spend the summer on your outdoor deck, you must remember to prepare a shaded area. A shaded composite deck board can make your time outdoors much cooler. In addition, a good shade area can prevent your outdoor deck and furniture from becoming too hot.
For building a shaded area you can choose a colorful shade umbrella. Or install a composite pergola with a shade curtain. You can also use a retractable awning to add shade.
Even though kids adore the idea of sleeping outside, camping can be a lot of extra work. Setting up a tent on your deck can be simple and enjoyable. On a nearby fire pit, toast marshmallows while discussing the night sky. Make it a teaching moment by showing your little ones some of your favorite constellations. The Big Dipper is missing. Orion, how about you? Are there any other sights?
Gardening on the deck is a fantastic science lesson. Beautiful flowers and mouthwatering fruits and vegetables can be found in the container garden. For kids, this is a fantastic first gardening project. You’ll enjoy seeing your kids attempt to grow peppers or tomatoes at your back door! Keep in mind to water your plants frequently and to keep them on risers to prevent moisture damage to your deck.
If your yard is on the small side, installing landscaping beneath your deck can give you plenty of room for shrubs and flowers. Because your deck may block some sunlight, be sure to select plants that don’t need constant sunlight. To grow fresh vegetables or herbs, you can even construct a garden or garden box. Many plants can tolerate shade well and do not always require direct sunlight to grow, including lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, spinach, mint, fine parsnips, cilantro, oregano, and parsley.