5 Ways to Use Your Deck in the Winter

deck fire elementAs the temperature dips, many homeowners pack up their patio furniture and abandon their decks until warmer weather emerges. But wait—you don’t have to put away your cushions just yet! With a little creativity and resourcefulness, there are many ways you can continue enjoying your deck year-round. Below, we share five ways to transform your deck into a relaxing and warm retreat.

Add a Fire Element

Nothing beats the ambiance and comfort of a fire on a cold winter day. Add warmth to your deck with a fire pit or patio heater. Consider a gas-powered fire pit for convenience and control, or opt for a wood-burning one for rustic charm. 

Enclose Your Deck for Winter

Keep all that warm air inside your deck by enclosing it. You have many options to choose from, including patio covers, vinyl covers, and canopies. Enclosing your deck helps maintain the connection to the outdoors while enjoying the warmth and protection of an enclosed space. At Rutter Roofing & Exteriors, we offer several deck services to help you enjoy your deck all year.

Illuminate Your Outdoor Space

The wintertime can be dark, but your deck doesn’t have to be. String lights around the railings or enlist the help of Rutter Roofing & Exteriors to provide deck lighting options like stair lights, recessed lighting, or deck post cap lights. Strategically placed lights will automatically illuminate your walkway and steps, ensuring safety. If your deck needs an upgrade to accommodate these additions, our deck repair contractors can handle everything from railing enhancements to electrical wiring, making your winter deck dreams a reality.

Decorate for the Season

Transform your deck into a cozy space for relaxing and enjoying the winter scenery. Layer warm blankets and pillows on your seating area, or consider adding a hammock or swinging chair. Choose whether-resistant options that can easily be stored when not in use. 

Protect Your Deck

Wood is vulnerable to prolonged freezing temperatures. A few extra cold nights can cause your deck to crack or warp. And the smooth surface can become quite a hazard if snow and ice are present. If you want to protect your deck from the effects of winter, try using a broom to clear snow and ice. You can also contact our deck repair contractors to discuss protection options like sealing, staining, or waterproofing. 

Deck Installation and Repair With Rutter Roofing & Exteriors

Don’t let the cold weather confide you indoors. With a little planning and expertise from Rutter Roofing & Exteriors, your deck can be transformed into a place of comfort you can enjoy throughout any season. From deck installation and repair to refinishing and waterproofing, our team is here to help you make the most of your outdoor space. When you’re ready to bring your winter deck dreams to life, Rutter Roofing & Exteriors is just a phone call away. Contact us at 610-584-2084 to learn more about our deck services and how we can help you!