Did you have big plans for your deck this summer? Plans that never quite turned into reality? If your outdoor space isn’t looking exactly like it did in your dreams, you’ll be surprised by how little it costs to show your deck some lovin’ before the end the season.
For as little as $50 and a couple of hours of work, your deck can be revitalized. Whether your deck is new or old, it likely needs a few accessories, a good mopping and perhaps some small repairs. It won’t take much to have your deck looking more like the deck of your dreams.
A little elbow grease
While a good power wash will go a long way in renewing an old tired deck, perhaps all it needs is a good mopping with a general household cleaner. A standard mop will usually do the trick and remove lots of dirt and grime. Start by cleaning your deck off. Your deck can become a dumping ground for all kinds of things. Find a safe cleanser that will be friendly to your deck, whether wood or low maintenance, and be sure to rinse as well.
Take a walk around your deck and take a good look at the surface as well as the rails. Are there missing screws, chipped boards or stained hand rails? Many of these problems can be remedied in just a few minutes with a hammer and nails, screwdriver and a magic eraser. Once the tour of your deck is complete and all small repairs have been made, you have a beautiful clean canvas to work with and you’ve still only spent pennies.
Midsummer is a great time to go to the nursery and find a great deal. Many annuals and perennials can be found at half price. This is a perfect opportunity to buy a few affordable planters and some great colour for your deck. With this small investment, your deck will be blooming with color, looking alive and feeling a lot more like the deck of your dreams.
Regardless of what your deck is made of, it will likely need some maintenance through the years. A good deck cleaning is a great start.
Being the proud owner of a powerful pressure washer isn’t going to do the trick all on its own. The options for cleaning your deck have increased and improved over the years. Your deck is an investment into your property. Keep it clean and in good repair and it will continue to reward you.
Whether your wood deck has turned grey from years of wicked weather or you are just trying to get a stain out, your trusty pressure washer can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Though a pressure washer will strip your deck of years of aging and wear, it can also damage your deck. Be careful with the angle and pressure. Experiment with a less visible piece of wood until you get the desired effect. When deciding which cleanser to use keep in mind that toxic doesn’t necessarily mean better. There are many non toxic, biodegradable products out there that won’t have you wearing a hazmat suit. Remember to rinse well. Depending on your deck’s size, cleaning your deck could take you a full day.
Though composite decks pride themselves on being low maintenance, this does not mean it won’t need a good cleaning from time to time. Your composite deck can be cleaned and sealed in one weekend, but it will take patience and elbow grease. If you’ve got what looks to be dirt that won’t come up, it’s likely not dirt at all. Some older brands of composite have shown to grow and harbour mould. A good cleaning with a good cleanser will remedy this and if you choose to seal your deck, depending on the product you choose, the mould will be a problem that you can put behind you.
With the right products, some time and energy invested, you will find yourself falling in love with your deck all over again.
Having raised more than $100 000 for charities since it’s inaugural year, the Hickory Dickory Decks Charity Golf Classic is again fast approaching. Get in on the action by registering, or sponsoring this worthwhile event.
Last year alone, the HDD Classic,which is held at the Flamborough Hills golf club in Copetown raised $31 000 in support of Sleeping children around the world, ALS and the Youth for Christ youth centre in Waterdown. Each year, the goal of course is to beat last year’s total. You can be a part of this success.
To play the tournament on Thursday, June 25th, the cost is $175 or $640 for each foursome. This price includes green fees,cart rental and a steak dinner. If golf isn’t your thing, consider coming out to enjoy a fabulous steak dinner with a great view for only $60.
Each year the HDD Charity classic sells out and space is limited this year as well.
The HDD Classic provides an opportunity for the whole community to become involved. Business’ might choose to sponsor a hole or donate a door prize or silent auction item.
A great time is had by all as each participant comes together with one common goal. To raise money for a few excellent causes. You may even be one of the lucky winners of a bottle of famous Hickory Dickory Decks wine. (It’s horrible.)
Check in is 10 am and tee off is 11am. Dinner will be served between 5:30 and 6 pm.
In addition to the silent auction, there will be a 50/50 draw, a putting contest, hammer and nail contest and best dressed. If you aren’t the best player on your team, don’t worry. At the HDD classic you can buy a mulligan and there will also be prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive, and best team score.
The Hickory Dickory Decks Golf Classic is a great way to kick off your summer.
Visit hddgolfclassic.org for more information and to get involved.
Beams can give your deck more than a foundation and stability. Extending your foundation beams or adding beams to your decking project will open up a number of opportunities to enhance your deck’s functionality and appearance.
Beams facilitate many other elements of a deck. Beams allow for a roll back shade or a pergola. This in turn provides the opportunity to add colour to your deck with endless fabric options. If you’re adding beams to your deck, why not use them to frame in a seating area. Add in a fireplace and you’ve got yourself an additional living room, right in your back yard.
If your existing deck design requires beams, why not jazz them up. Beams can be covered with vinyl, wood, or composite. If you want to cover your beam there are many different styles and colours to choose from. There are also many options to create the base of your beam. Some beam covers simply slip over the metal or wood beam while other decorative covers snap around the structural post. Choose a matching or complementary colour and you’ve just created a design element to your outdoor space. Even if your deck doesn’t require support beams, you may want to add them. If you are looking to hide your beams, choose a dark colour, like black. Beams will add dimension and visual interest. They can tie two separate areas together or break up your deck into distinct sections.
Be sure to consider beams when designing your dream deck. You’ll be delighted in the professional appeal that beautiful beams give to your outdoor space.
If you didn’t dream big enough when you first built your deck, its not too late to expand your vision and build that deck addition.
Just like adding a room to your house, putting an addition onto your existing deck will not only increase your square footage but totally update the overall look of your outdoor space. It’s important, however, to spend time and energy carefully designing any deck addition so the change in size or shape is seamless. Nobody wants a deck addition that looks like a deck addition. Before starting any addition, ensure your existing structure is stable.
Wood decks can be tricky to match. After years of weathering, the wood on your existing deck will not look anything like the new wood of your deck addition. Staining all the wood, once your addition is in place will go a long way in tying the two pieces together.
If your existing deck is made of vinyl or composite, simply purchasing more of the same materials used when you first built your deck will ensure that no one will be able to tell the difference. Though the addition may initially look brighter and newer, it won’t take long for the product to season and blend right in.
Talk to the professionals when it comes time to design any addition. Now is your chance to get creative. Maybe you regret that square platform. Maybe you’d like more decking to surround a new pool. The addition doesn’t necessarily need to match but may simply compliment your existing deck. You might be in the market for a few curves or perhaps you might choose a different colour. Your deck addition may simply be a couple of benches or planters or an extension of your existing deck by way of privacy fencing or a pergola.
No matter what you decide on for this deck addition, be sure to think it through, stay on budget and be creative.
Did you put off getting quotes on that badly needed deck and now as you sit outside in this surprisingly early hot weather wonder why you continue to procrastinate? Don’t have regret. It’s not too late to start the ball rolling, and in fact, waiting for the warm weather does have it’s own advantages in the decking industry.
While your favourite decking company is likely up to their rails in work right now, it’s never too late to pick up the phone and get that quote. If your timeline is flexible, you won’t have to wait for the snow to fall before you’re enjoying your new deck.
Having your outdoor space in full bloom may give you a better vision for your new deck. It is certainly easier to see what is needed when the pool is open, the flowers are in bloom and everything isn’t covered in snow. If you know what you are looking for in a new deck, communicate this vision, in detail to your designer so that you start off on good foot. If you’re not sure about the design of your new deck, use the expertise of your designer and contractor. They’ve likely seen and built it all. Having your space ready to receive your new deck will also help to avoid delays. Keep in mind, there some timelines you will have little control of. You are at the mercy of the city when it comes to getting the appropriate permits.
You may want to take advantage of fall rates but it is still time to get things started. Your design expert will want to spend some time with you discussing your vision and budget.
Don’t let another year pass you by. Make your new deck a reality, just in time for a labour day barbecue.
While low maintenance decks have surged ahead in popularity within the decking industry, wood remains the leader and hard wood has got it’s hold on consumers because of it’s obvious attributes.
If you enjoy your hardwood floors inside, you’re likely to consider using hardwood for your deck and here’s why. Unlike pressure treated wood, many hardwoods will look beautiful for 25 years or more. Because of it’s density and natural oils, hardwood decks will resist rot and insects. Many hardwoods that are used in the decking industry include, red mable, golden ironwood,cambara, cumaru, redwood and cedar. While these hardwoods are certainly more expensive, they are durable, feel good under your feet and can be installed with ease. Like every exquisite product, there are drawbacks and choosing a hardwood deck will be no different.
When selecting your wood, it’s wise to stick to a lighter colour. The darker hardwoods will heat up faster and hold heat longer. It can be next to impossible to put a nail through some hardwoods and pre-drilling is often necessary. This can make your deck project more labour intensive. With the often higher cost of hardwood, you won’t want a lot of waste, so proper installation is key. Any wood deck will need a good cleaning each year to maintain it’s look and all wood decks can change colour over time. Hardwood decks will need to be periodically re-stained as well.
When you invest in a hardwood deck, you get the best of both world’s. While the price tag may be hard to swallow, the end result is often better than the dream and owner’s of hardwood decks swear by their their beauty, durability and functionality. Choosing to install a hardwood deck, truly creates an outdoor space that is an extension of your home. One that will be enjoyed for many years to come.
Can’t decide between a patio and a deck? You likely don’t have to.
You might be asking yourself, “What’s the difference between a patio and a deck?” You might also being wondering which will suit outdoor needs. You may be surprised to find that both are the answer.
Patio is a spanish word that means courtyard. A courtyard is traditionally an open space and if you are opting for a patio, it is likely to be made of stone, pebbles, brick, or concrete and sit directly on the ground. Decks are primarily made of wood, composite or vinyl and often sit above the ground so that access can be made from the house. Space permitting, why not consider a patio and deck combination.
Choosing a patio and deck combination will ease transition from one space to another and with a little application of design, both will enhance your outdoor space while providing lots of room to be creative. Decks are often used in the backyard to take advantage of a spectacular view while a patio frames out that pool nicely.
Deck and patios are an extension of your personal home environment and just like your home, there may be more than one room. Building a patio and deck combo will ensure you have more than one room in your outdoor space as well. The variety of materials that will be used in a patio and deck combination will give texture and depth to the overall look of your backyard.
Creating a deck and patio combo can seamlessly tie in your hot tub, fire pit, outdoor kitchen or any other element that you want to incorporate into that space. Goals can be established in creating your deck and patio combination with careful planning. Attention to detail and a great design will ensure that your vision becomes a reality and that your reality includes an inspired outdoor retreat for family and friends.
Couch sitting is way more fun than fence sitting and a heck of a lot more comfortable. Outdoor furniture has been redesigned, reimagined and rediscovered. Gone are the days of expensive, impractical and poorly made patio sets. The options available to the consumer today are endless.
Creating the outdoor atmosphere you want, like any living space, starts with a great couch. Purchasing patio furniture can be icing on the cake when you’ve just built a new deck. This new addition could also be sprucing up an existing structure.
Your first step to choosing a great couch is to know your space. You won’t likely get stuck in stairwells if your new couch is too big but you will still need to conform to the square footage that is available to you. Though sectionals are popular, you might opt for two love seats. If you can find it in a house, you can find it for your deck. While outdoor furniture used to be made of wood, today’s furniture is made in a variety of materials and durability has certainly increased with these choices. Today’s outdoor furniture is made of plastic, aluminum, wood, wrought iron and wicker. Choosing which you prefer will help to establish the over all look of your outdoor space.
Next comes colour. Where you might otherwise shy away from colour, this is your chance to go wild. Your outdoor space begs for vibrant colour and any green space can be complimented by patterns and textures.. Outdoor furniture often comes in a variety of colours. These colours can be switched up year to year depending on, if keeping up with the trends is important to you.
When making a decision about your outdoor furniture, consider your needs, space and design preferences. If all three are met, you have likely found a fantastic couch and you can move on to filling your outdoor space with all the necessities. You are ready to enjoy couch sitting at it’s finest.
It’s always important to make sure your skirt isn’t too short. Your deck skirt is no different.
With so many design options for your decking project, it’s important to pay attention to details like deck skirting. These details can make the difference between a professional look and a do it yourself appearance. Having an ill fitting skirt will always leave you feeling exposed even if it’s just your deck skirt.
No matter what materials you’ve chosen for your deck, the finishing touches will enhance the final project. Skirting should be part of this completion. It not only gives it a polished look, but a professional one.
Skirting materials should be build into your materials budget and can represent, on average, 5% of your overall cost.
Deck skirting is essenitally pleasing to the eye but serves more than one purpose. It can aid in proper drainage and provide loads of storage.
While skirting should be part of any deck design, deck skirting can also be retrofitted and this is especially useful if you are looking to improve drainage around your property. Deck skirting provides the opportunity to hide a lot of drainage solutions within it’s design.
Who doesn’t need more storage? Depending on the size and design of your deck, loads of storage can be created. With a couple of hinges and a decorative handle, you’ve just created outdoor cupboards. Hidden hardware may be the way to go, if you don’t want the overall appearance interrupted.
If you have an existing building outside like a shed or pool house and are considering a new deck, skirting will go a long way in tying these buildings together and deck skirting will create that unified look.
Installation is key. Like any finishing work, deck skirting has very little room for error as it is often covering up existing mistakes or rough work. When done right, deck skirting can transform a deck and ultimately your whole outdoor space.