Get Your Deck Ready for Summertime Entertaining

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deck entertainmentSummer will be here before you know it and what could be better than spending some much needed outdoor time on your deck? Practically nothing! A deck is the perfect gathering place, whether it’s enjoying a socially-distant Memorial Day BBQ with your friends or sitting back and relaxing with your “quaranteam” or having breakfast. It can also be seen as an extension of your home, especially now that we are all spending a lot more of our time at the house. Because of this, it’s important to care for and maintain your deck as you would with any other part of your house. The experts at Rutter Roofing are sharing how to get your deck ready for summertime fun with these five tips:

Clean It
No one wants to spend time on a dirty deck. The first step in prepping your deck for the summertime is cleaning it. Sweep the surface of your deck to remove dead leaves, dirt and any other build up. Next, wash your deck and railings with soap and water. If you have any outdoor furniture left out from last season, remember to give them a good scrubbing as well.

Repair & Protect It
Sun, snow and rain are your wooden deck’s biggest enemies. If your deck is weathered or damaged, consider some simple deck upgrades to help you get it back on track. Repair and replace any broken or cracked boards and add an extra layer of protection by staining and sealing the wood. If your old, wooden deck isn’t cutting it for you anymore, consider upgrading to a composite deck. At Rutter Roofing, we only use TimberTech for our composite decks which is the highest-performing decking material available on the market.

Make It Fun & Functional
Sit back and relax in style with a fabulously furnished deck. Adding tables, chairs, an umbrella, coolers, a trashcan and even an outdoor couch can boost the functionality and create a comfortable outdoor oasis. If you frequently host parties or get-togethers, a grill and fire pit are both nice touches. The deck design ideas are truly endless, so have fun with it!

Add Texture & Accents
Add the finishing touches on your deck with fun accent pieces like pillows, blankets, rugs and potted plants. Find a theme you like, such as a contemporary look with striped patterns in blues, greys or blacks or go bold with funky prints like bright tropical flowers or an appealing nautical theme.

Add Upgrades
Adding deck upgrades like lighting and railings can completely transform your space. Not only can they boost your decks aesthetic, they can also offer safety benefits, especially at night. You would be surprised at the endless options of each you can choose from to truly make your deck your own. If bugs are a problem at your house, having a screen installed can keep the critters out as you enjoy a family BBQ.

How Rutter Roofing Can Help
Not only do we specialize in roofing, we’re a complete exterior home improvement company. As a Timbertech-Azek certified deck installer, we can bring your backyard design ideas to life with a new deck. Contact the professionals at Rutter Roofing today for your full deck replacement or new deck installation.