Your deck is an important part of your home, adding beauty and function while increasing its value. During warmer months, it’s a gathering spot for family and friends alike. But as summer turns to fall, winter can’t be far behind. Take the following steps now to prep your deck so it makes it through the winter unscathed and you don’t have any unpleasant surprises next spring.
Sweep and clear away any debris to help prevent the growth of mildew and algae. Rinse your deck with a hose to clear away even more dirt and stains, and follow up by scrubbing with a non-metal brush (like the type you’d use to wash your car) and deck cleaner.
Check the finish
If you have finish that is wearing away, strip it and apply a new coat of water-repellant finish. This will help protect your deck from the sleet, snow, and ice of winter, which could cause the wood to warp or crack.
Inspect your deck
Talk a thorough look at all parts of your deck, moving planters, grills, and other items that should be stored away during the winter. Check to make sure that your deck’s steps and handrails are safe and secure. Also look for loose or cracked boards, nails that have popped up, loose screws, or other issues that can be easily addressed before winter. This helps ensure that they’re not forgotten, causing a hazard or larger repair issue in the spring.
For more information about how to prep your deck for winter or having a new one added to your home, contact Woodscape Construction. We’re licensed to work in Virginia and the District of Columbia, and we have an experienced team of professional carpenters and woodscape designers who will help make your dreams a reality!
With spring around the corner, now is the perfect time to select a BBQ for your deck and get ready to welcome warm weather, family, and friends. However, do you know which BBQ would be perfect for your newly installed deck?
Not just any BBQ will do! You need one that not only fulfills your needs, but that fits into your budget and goes well with your new deck. So, here are some tips to help you select the perfect BBQ:
This is going to be the main concern prior to buying a BBQ. How much and what you want to cook will help you decide which model will suit your requirement. For instance, a couple may not need the same large size that a family of 6 would require.
The grill size depends on several factors. Some of these include what you intend cooking – entrees or appetizers, number of people attending your BBQ, deck size, and the frequency of grilling. If you are an infrequent user and believe in hosting close friends and family, a small or medium sized BBQ is perfect. Also, depending on the size of your deck, avoid a grill that will take up too much space.
If you will be using your BBQ frequently, it's worth the investment to go with a reputable brand model. For occasional use, opt for a more basic model.
Gas or Charcoal?
These days, many grills use propane gas and heat up quickly. Their temperature can also be controlled easily. Moreover, they are convenient to clean. However, if you are a BBQ fanatic, the taste from a charcoal BBQ can't be beat!
Having a fire pit means you can enjoy your backyard and deck year round. The ambiance of an outdoor fire pit creates the perfect spot for relaxation, fun, and good conversation. Fire pits are easy to clean and portable, but before you choose one, there are a few things to consider:
Size of Your Deck
The fire pit should fit well on your deck and not take too much space. Additionally, you do not want to choose a fire pit that is too small and difficult to fit around. Pits range in size, with smaller options being 20” to 25” and large ones about 40” to 45”. The smaller ones usually consist of a bowl and are ideal for compact decks.
The fire pit you choose should be one that fits your needs. There are different options in the market such as gas fire pits, wood burning or fire pits with chimneys. A wood burning fire pit may be the most cost effective route and is great for cooking.
Before purchasing, ensure that you know what surrounds your deck so you can make a choice that will fit well with the surroundings and the yard design.
There are two common types of fire pits:
Brick fire pits
These can be built to suite your needs and space, whether small or large.
This style is perfect for decks, patios, and grassy yards and can usually be moved easily. For spacious yards or a permanent location, a stationary square pit is a good choice.
The materials for fire pits range from copper and stainless steel, to stone and tile. As stones are heavy, they are best used with large square pits, which will be stationery. Stainless steel is pricey, but easy to clean and are rust resistant.
Installing a steel entry door
Upgrading your front door is a great way to boost your home’s value and is a long-time favorite way to do so. This can return more than 95% of its cost! It’s also the only project to give such a huge return.
Adding a wooden deck
If you are interested in adding living space and an area to entertain outside, building a wooden deck is a great investment. This can return on average 87.4% of the initial cost, but in some US cities can return 100%!
Changing your garage door
Whether you are replacing your garage door with a midrange or upscale door, this can usually be done for a low cost and not only provides a strong curb appeal, but can also return as much as 84% of what you invested.
Remodeling your attic bedroom
This has a national average remodeling cost of about $50,000, but can return more than 85% of your investment. While building an addition to your home can be extremely costly, renovating your attic bedroom is an inexpensive way to add value and living space.
Often times, folks want to add a screened-in porch to their decks. This can be tricky as there are a few things to consider. Whether the deck is inadequate to serve as a solid foundation to the porch, or requires add-ons to become one. Sometimes, you're even better off rebuilding the whole thing.
There is a great article that looks at these issues a little closer. It's called Stacking The Deck: Things To Consider When Building a Screen Porch on an Existing Deck. Check it out to learn more!
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Thinking about hosting the next big sporting event at your house? Afraid your deck won't hold the guests you want to invite? For a fair amount of our projects, we are often called to add to or replace old decking. We built this deck in Leesburg, Virginia. The left side of the deck was existing but the area was crowded and not good for entertaining. The new area we built more than doubled the size of the deck and fits the house much better.
We built this outdoor living space in Ashburn Virginia. We used Timbertech decking and the Trex Transcend railing. The deck with the landscaping and patio look beautiful.
This deck and patio is in Reston Virginia. The deck was built using a treated glulam beam to minimize the number of support posts below the deck. We used low maintenance Clubhouse decking for both the floor and rail cap. To take advantage of the view the railing included Deckorator aluminum balusters. The multilevel patio includes a hot tub, and retaining walls to increase the size of the outdoor living space. The garden stepper walkways connect the area to the front yard and to the park area behind the home.