Small Deck Changes That Make A Major Impact

Posted 26 October 2012 8:02 PM by Universal Forest Products

Updating your deck to enhance its appeal doesn't mean replacing the entire structure. A few easy steps and simple additions to refresh your deck’s appearance can give your outdoor space a new personality.

Build the understructure 

We recommend using ProWood® professional grade treated lumber when building the understructure for your deck. ProWood pressure-treated lumber is made for ground-contact and backed by a lifetime limited warranty against termite infestation and rot.

Clean the entire structure

When is the last time you cleaned your deck? Even if you don't use your deck frequently, nature's elements leave layers of dust, dirt and grime that detract from the appearance. The easiest way to clean a deck is with soap and water. Once it dries, you'll be amazed at how fresh and clean your outdoor space appears. For deeper cleaning and more detailed information on cleaning both composite and pressure treated decks, see links below.

Update railings and balusters

If your deck structure is still in good shape, but you want to add a new look with a bonus element of safety, consider updating the railings and balusters. Deckorators®railing come in a variety of styles and finishes for any railing need, as well as a selection of balusters to suit your personal taste.

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Add post caps

Decorative post caps are one of the first things people notice about an outdoor deck or patio, but many people forget about them when designing a deck. Why not upgrade your current outdoor space with some elegant post caps from Deckorators? For example, copper post caps provide the finishing touch a deck needs and forms a wonderful patina over time. Glass post caps provide a sophisticated look with Tiffany-style glass. Solar post caps provide visual appeal during the day, and soft lighting at night for impressive evening entertaining.

Voyage Varied-plank Decking in Tundra with ALX Contemporary Cable Railing in Textured White

Light the night

If your deck doesn't have adequate light, you're missing out on some of the most beautiful times to be outdoors - when the sun goes down. Watch the stars, have a bonfire or simply enjoy the cool fresh air when you add low voltage lighting solutions from Deckorators. With a variety of options to choose from, each features LED lighting, making the system energy efficient while softly illuminating stairways and railings for both style and safety.

Incorporate flowers and seasonal items

One of the reasons more people are expanding their outdoor space is to bring them closer to nature. Whether your deck opens up to the mountains or overlooks a concrete jungle, you can add a natural element with fall plantings and decor. By potting plants such as mums and hanging window boxes for other fall foliage, you'll add visual appeal and a calming natural element no matter where you live. Incorporating pumpkins, various squash or gourds, and dried floral wreaths can add a pop of color for the fall season. You can view ideas like this on Pinterest.