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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Spruce up Your Deck This Summer


Owning a deck has its perks. It’s a place where family and friends come together to soak up the sun and where grill masters find joy in a well-cooked steak. Alongside being a place of pleasure, a sturdy deck adds value to a property in a competitive housing market and is appealing to prospective buyers.

So, what can you do to ensure your deck stays in great shape all year round? We’ve made a list of DIY deck-improvement steps that will keep your deck looking fabulous without breaking the bank.

Start with a Clean Slate

Before you get to decorating, make sure all surfaces are clean and free of dirt. We suggest using a leaf blower to blast away dust on deck surfaces, railings, and furniture, ridding your deck of grime and pollen that has accumulated over time.

Consider what furniture will be refurbished and what pieces need to be replaced. Keep in mind that refurbishing chairs and tables may cost more in the long run, so don’t be afraid to make room for newer and nicer pieces.

After materials are free of dirt and dust, it’s time for a good old-fashioned wash. Make your own DIY soap and clean all areas affected by blemishes. For a solution that rids of stains, combine lavender oil, unscented soap, and one tablespoon of sodium borate into a 16-ounce bottle. Lavender oil naturally wards off bugs and offers a pleasant aroma.

After applying the solution, dilute the soap with warm water, scrub well, rinse, and enjoy your spiffed-up deck. Don’t forget to clean railings and sand down any areas worn from weather and heavy use. Now that you’ve put a bit of muscle into making your deck new again, you’re ready for next steps.

Painted to Perfection

Your deck furniture is now clean, smooth, and ready for a fresh coat of paint. Before applying paints, consider the sorts of materials you’ll be working with. Plastics, metals, and wood wear certain paints better than others, so make sure to do the appropriate research before applying any products. Place cardboard beneath all objects to protect surfaces from unwanted residue.

If you’re applying spray paint, use a circular motion to create an even and polished look. Using several coats will ensure your paint job looks great and withstands harsh weather and everyday use.

It’s all in the Details

A deck is an extension of your home and looks great when you dress it up a little. Adding colorful cushions, rugs, and plants make your space come to life, offering a cozy retreat for casual and formal gatherings. While shopping for new pieces, consider what patterns and fabrics suit your style and opt for materials that will last in both hot and cool weather.

Umbrellas and couch cushions made with UV-protected materials are great for hotter climates and are durable and long-lasting. If you’re a fan of fun patterns, don’t be afraid to go all out, but consider purchasing simpler couch cushions if you wish to cover them in the future. Use colorful rugs made with synthetic materials to visually widen the space, withstand foot traffic, and give your deck a festive feel. Umbrellas are of equal importance, as they shade you from the sun and are colorful and fun.

Be sure to store them in cool, dry areas so you can use them for years to come. To make your deck come to life, bring a bit of the outdoors indoors by decorating your deck with potted plants. Place flower boxes and herbs on deck railings to frame your outdoor space with color and texture.

The Value of Joy

In the December 2016 Remodeling Impact Study by the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Landscape Professionals, research concluded that adding a wooden deck to your home recovers 106% of its value after it has sold.

Homeowners not only receive a fiscal profit from their investment but enjoy the many perks their deck has to offer while it’s in use: a cozy gathering space, outdoor pleasantries, and the joy of lounging on a worthy investment. 

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