Dreaming of Building a Deck Next Summer?

Dreaming of Building a Deck Next Summer? Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverDreaming of building a deck next summer? Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Denver has a few tips for you to keep in mind while you are in the planning stages. A little bit of research now will go a long way, giving you a head start on construction next year.

Size

If you’ve been dreaming of building a deck next summer, you may have a lot of exciting plans in mind. This should give you an idea of the size you want to build your deck. So, what do you plan to use the deck for? If you want to throw big parties, we can go big. And if you tend to plan more intimate gatherings with family or just a few friends, our deck experts can create a cozy space.

Of course, don’t forget to factor in the size of your yard and other landscape features. Leaving some green space around your deck can make it feel like an escape into nature. A good way to guesstimate the size is to haul your patio furniture, barbecue, and other relevant items out into your backyard and arrange them how you envision they will be on the deck.

Another thing to consider is that the larger a deck is, the more maintenance it will require. Be aware of how much time you’re willing to put into deck upkeep.

Building Codes

You can’t just design a deck based purely on aesthetics and start building it. First, you will need to check the building codes and zoning rules for your area. The town hall is a good place to get that information. If you work with a reputable contractor like Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, our representatives will already know what the requirements are in your area. Compliance with these codes is essential not only because it’s the law, but more importantly, for safety.

The View

Take a look at what you’ll see from your deck. Remember that the wood deck will be at least a little raised, so take that into account. Do you have a view in your backyard that you love? We can frame it. Don’t want so high of a deck that you can see your neighbor’s overgrown grass? We’ll find the right height, design around a better focal point, even lay the decking pointing in the direction that has the prettiest view. The eye will naturally follow the lines.

If you have a privacy fence in your backyard, the deck may lift you up high enough that you lose a bit of that privacy. An easy way to remedy this is to build a patio cover or plant a few trees to create a nice privacy barrier. It also adds some pleasing green to your backyard scene.

So, if you’re dreaming of building a deck next summer, taking a bit of time to plan what you want now will help a lot. Once you know what you want, or to get some help with planning, talk to one of the professionals here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers. We’ll ensure that your plans fit into building requirements and you’ll be all set when summer weather returns to Denver.

How to Winterize Your Deck

How to Winterize Your Deck Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverKnowing how to winterize your deck can help prevent unwelcome surprises and damage when spring rolls around. Carefree Decks and Patio Covers has compiled this list of things you can do to protect your wood deck during the winter months here in Denver, Colorado.

Clean it up

First things first, get rid of any debris such as leaves, pine needles or other landscape materials that can absorb and trap moisture on the deck’s surface. Moisture is not good for your wood deck as it can cause mold and mildew to grow. Eventually, the wood itself will begin to rot. Also watch out for other items that will trap moisture, such as potted plants. Either elevate them with something that is more resistant to rot, like cedar, or move them around every once in awhile.

Wash it off

Wash your deck thoroughly with an oxygen-based cleaner to remove any beginnings of mold or mildew or any unwanted stains. It’s a pretty easy task that requires spray a solution (either store-bought or homemade) applied to your deck – get your concrete patio while you’re at it, too. Let it sit for a good 20-30 minutes then just rinse it off with the garden hose, and you’re good to go!

Stain and seal it

When it comes to how to winterize your deck, this is more labor intensive. But, a water-repellent stain or sealant will do wonders for keeping your deck safe all winter. If the current stain/seal is past its prime, you’ll want to strip that off first and then apply a new coat.

Remove the snow

Carefully remove snow to prevent damaging your deck. If the snow is light, use a broom. If the snow is heavy or wet, opt for a plastic shovel over a metal one and scoop in a direction parallel to the grain. This will help keep from gouging or scratching the boards as you remove the snow.

Remove the ice

Ice is a bit tougher. Ice chippers are another popular ice removal option, but it is not a good idea to use one on your deck. It’s almost certain that you will dent or gouge the wood or even cause it to crack. Using salt or other chemicals to remove it can end up causing damage to the sealant or stain that is protecting your deck, so be sure to get a product that’s safe for wood decks.

Build a new deck

To avoid the hassles of protecting and maintaining a wooden deck altogether, simply build a new deck using new materials that are resistant to all the hazards that can damage wood decks. Trex decking is a great option. It’s easy to clean and won’t splinter or rot. Plus it doesn’t require re-staining and re-sealing to keep it in tip-top shape.

We hope these tips on how to winterize your deck have been helpful. As always, our experts here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Denver are happy to help answer any questions about decking that you may have and get your deck upgraded to Trex. Contact us for details.