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4 Ways You Can Enjoy Your Deck Even When the Weather Gets Colder

Perhaps the deck is what drew you to the house in the first place, or maybe this feature is one that you had immediately added. In any case, you’re bummed out that you can use this space for only a few months a year when the weather cooperates. However, the reality is that you can make your deck ready for use even when the colder months appear.

Use Heating Devices

The problem with a deck in the colder months is typically the chilly temperatures. However, opting for outdoor heating can seriously reduce this problem. You could choose simple heaters that are created for the outdoors, or you might opt to install a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. While on the absolute most freezing of days, you will likely still need to stay inside, you can quite possibly get many more months out of your deck. If you do choose to use a fire pit, make sure it is safe with the materials on your deck and that the fire is a safe distance from your home.

Cover the Deck

Another problem could be the precipitation. You may live in an area that has extremely wet weather during the spring or snow that starts to come down as soon as the temperatures go a little bit below the freezing mark. Still though, you want to enjoy your custom designed deck. One way to do so is to choose a cover for your deck. For example, you might be able to enclose the deck under a canopy, or you may be able to set up a small gazebo on the deck that you could sit in during the rainier days.

Decorate the Space

It’s also possible that you aren’t necessarily looking to sit outside during the colder months but that you don’t want the space to go to waste either. Decorating the deck for all of the seasons can be an excellent way to put this space to better use. Put up Christmas lights in December, let your kids build snowmen in January, and start planting hearty flowers during the early days of spring.

Plan for the Future

When the temperatures are really cold and the winds and rain are out of control, going outside is typically just not an option. However, these chillier and wetter times are perfect for planning for the future. Start to design how you want your deck to look in the upcoming warmer months. Another benefit of this strategy is that you can likely find deals on deck furniture and decorations during the off season.

You don’t need to wait to enjoy your deck. Regardless of what the weather is outside today, you can enjoy the space now in some capacity.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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