Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Deck & Patio

The leaves are changing colors, the air is crisp, and school is back in session. It’s officially fall and we are once again reminded of what a beautiful season it is. The summer heat may be fading, but it’s still a great time of year to spend time outside on your deck or patio. Here are some fun fall decorating ideas for the outdoor spaces around your home:

Pumpkins - Nothing screams fall quite like pumpkins. There are so many fun ways to use them to decorate your deck and patio. A few pumpkins on the steps leading up to your deck or patio will give a great fall feel or you can carve them as Halloween approaches to delight trick-or-treaters! You can even hollow out pumpkins and use them as planters.

Flowers - Flowers aren’t just for the spring and summertime. Bold colored chrysanthemums, goldenrod, and sunflowers will complement the color of fall leaves as they change from green to yellow to red. Place some potted flowers on and around your deck to bring new life to the season.

Leaf Garland - It may not be quite time for string lights or garland wreaths just yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate the railing or fence around your deck. Use silk leaves, pinecones, ribbons, and anything else you can think of to create a fall themed garland to hang around your deck or patio.

Furniture - Give your outdoor furniture fall flair! Paint your table and chairs a deep red or rust orange, place a wool blanket over an old rocker, or invest in a warm-toned table umbrella. Not only will this give your deck a warm fall feel, it will also make the furniture in the space feel new again.

If you decorate your deck for fall, send us a photo! We’d love to see how you celebrate autumn in your outdoor space!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Deck Maintenance Tips

Decks are a wonderful addition to any outdoor space, and with the proper care they can be kept looking great all year long. Here are a few tips to help you maintain the quality of your deck and help protect it from the elements.

First of all, regular maintenance is crucial. We recommend sweeping the main surface of your deck on a weekly basis to remove any fallen leaves or debris from nearby trees and bushes.

It is also important to do at least one more thorough cleaning per year. Be sure to check the weather forecast before beginning this process, and try to avoid doing it on days with strong sun exposure or rain.

Before any serious cleaning is done, you must remove any dust, dirt, or debris from the deck. Using a household broom (or a leaf blower if you have one), quickly clear off the main surface of your deck. Although frequently overlooked, the cracks and crevices of your deck can attract a lot of the same types of unwanted debris. Take a look at the spaces between the wooden boards and remove any significant buildup in those spaces. This can be done using a putty knife or any similar crevice cleaning tool.

After your deck is cleared, you can begin washing. If you are not quite ready to invest in the purchase of a power washer, you can opt to rent one from your local hardware or home improvement store. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the different settings of the pressure cleaner before washing your deck. To prevent against water damage, make sure that you are using a gentle pressure setting and avoid holding the nozzle too close to the wood surface.

The next step in your process will be to apply deck cleaner. When choosing a cleaner, pay close attention to labels. There are a variety of different cleaners out there and it is very important that you select the proper one for your specific deck material (wood, composite, vinyl, etc.). These labels will also provide detailed instructions for applying the cleaner. Follow these instructions, as they tend to vary from product to product.

In order to protect your deck for the upcoming year, we recommend using a protective finish. Applying a sealant to your deck will help to preserve the quality of the wood by limiting the harmful effects of weather related damages.

All of these tips will help keep your deck in tip-top shape. If you have any other questions about how to maintain your deck, feel free to get in touch with us – we’re happy to help!