Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your outdoor deck anymore! Even though the temperature drops in the fall, homeowners’ use of their decks doesn’t have to follow suit. In fact, fall is a great time for deck owners to do some light deck maintenance to continue enjoying them throughout the fall and prepare them for winter ahead.
In terms of deck maintenance, some simple cleaning and deck repairs can go a long way in keeping your outdoor deck in great shape. Clearing leaves and debris off your deck prevents discolored staining and trimming overgrown trees and bushes away from the deck helps prevent moisture buildup and mold. It’s also a good idea to check your deck for any nails that may have popped up. If you notice any of these, it might be a good idea to replace them with non-corrosive screws to help the boards stay more firmly in place. Adding a coat or two of sealant may also be a smart option to protect against winter weather as well.
And to keep your deck cozy and warm throughout the fall, installing a privacy wall can help keep out cool winds. Incorporating an outdoor fire pit or fireplace into your deck design is another great way to add warmth, light, and extra style to your deck. Even simple touches like warm blankets, lanterns, or mugs of cider or cocoa can help extend the use of your deck far into the fall.
The deck builders at UglyDeck.com can help customers with deck refinishing or repainting a deck. If you’re looking for outdoor deck ideas to upgrade your deck this fall, looking through the deck galleries on UglyDeck.com is the perfect place to start.