Although it’s already February, it’s never too late to make resolutions for your home, especially when it comes to your deck. Your deck is one of the most important parts of your home because it affects curb appeal, value, and the general appeal and comfort of your back yard so that you can spend more time enjoying the outdoors instead of being stuck indoors all the time. If you know your deck needs a makeover, but you’re not exactly sure how or why we’re going to outline a couple resolutions you can make to keep your deck working for you, instead of against you. If you have any questions, speak with us here at Colorado Deck Drain Experts.
Safety is a huge concern, not only when you’re first starting to build your deck, but also as general maintenance projects. So, after your deck is built, what else can be done in the way of safety? A good place to start would be to simply inspect your deck. Check around the surface of your deck to look for any splinters or loose nails that could cause problems. Check railings to ensure they’re sturdy and don’t wobble around. You also need to ensure that railings meet industry standards meaning that they aren’t too far apart or too high off the ground so that someone could slip through them.
Other safety features you may want to consider are things like stair lights to help you walk down the stairs to your lower deck area safely; adding rugs can help to prevent slipping in high-traffic areas, especially if you have a jacuzzi or hot tub on your deck; Finally, if you have pets or young children, you may want to consider installing a gate at the top of the stairs leading to your lower deck area.
Consider Investments Wisely
Another thing to note when it comes to deck upgrades or repairs is that you should always take into account the potential benefits of your investments. Many homeowners will spend aimlessly on their decks only to find that their investment wasn’t worth it. Of course, when it comes to safety, you should never slack, but for just about anything else, you should spend an adequate amount of time planning out the project and considering whether it’s actually worth it in the first place.
Consider Your Deck’s Appeal
The appeal of a deck is one thing that many people struggle with. Chances are, you’ve seen plenty of examples of what a great deck looks like, but you may not be able to organize everything and perform renovations that are actually within your budget. In these situations, it tends to be best to take things slow and consider all your options, starting with the most fundamental aspect of your deck: the decking material itself. Although you may not have the means to entirely replace your decking material, you can improve its appearance by applying high-quality stains and sealers. Another thing to consider is what’s actually on your deck. Is your deck completely empty and void of life? Add some flowers and plants to increase its appeal. Is your deck overcluttered and messy looking? Try refining and putting only things on your deck that you need or that add to its appeal. If you have an elevated deck, don’t forget about the patio area under your deck. Your upper deck may look great, but if the patio area is cluttered, you’re not doing yourself too many favors. Here at Colorado Deck Drain Experts, we can install an underdeck drainage system to move water away from your patio so that you can make use of that space all year long.
Getting Ready To Sell?
If you’re getting ready to sell your home, you’re going to need to consider different renovation projects than if you’re planning on staying in your home. For example, you may choose to invest in something that improves the overall quality of your deck rather than something that personalizes it. This will give you the best chance with potential homebuyers and increase your home’s value. Deck drainage systems are a great way to increase your deck’s value without adding anything personal to it. In fact, our deck drainage systems are completely concealed so they don’t affect the appearance of your deck at all and allow you to design your underdeck area however you please while keeping it dry.
Contact Your Deck Drain Professionals
We truly believe here at Colorado Deck Drain Experts that deck drains are one of the best investments you can make for your deck, whether it’s new or you’ve had it for years. They not only make your lower deck patio area usable all year, but they don’t affect the overall appeal of your deck. Give us a call today to learn more.