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How to Use Your Deck During Cooler Months

How to Use Your Deck During Cooler Months

October 11, 2023

As the temperature drops and we enter the Fall season, some folks might lament the loss of spending hot summer evenings outside. But just because it’s getting cooler outside doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy your outdoor space. If you’re looking for cozy deck ideas, look no further. We’ve got ways to make your deck a four-season space.

If you’ve got a covered deck, one of the first things you’ll want to do is enclose it. No, not completely; that would defeat the purpose of being outdoors. However, having retractable window screens will help keep snow from blowing in and offer some protection from the wind chill. They work for virtually any sized opening, allowing you some privacy while outside. 

After the screens, an outdoor deck heater is the first item you’ll want. These usually run on propane and can heat the entire deck if need be. They can be the tall ones they use at restaurants with outdoor seating, or you can find smaller ones that take up less space. Read the specs on them to see how much of an area they’ll heat; you may need more than one, depending on the size of your deck.

Propane is a much safer option for a fire pit or table than your usual wood-burning pit. You’re less likely to accidentally start a fire when you can close a valve to put the fire out. Propane fire options come in various stands and tables to fit in with the design aesthetic of your deck. Adding a propane fire table can create a beautiful ambience while radiating heat. Plus, you can roast the marshmallows for your hot chocolate, and who doesn’t love that?

Do you know what else runs on propane and can be used in the winter? Your barbecue! Don’t put it away just because it’s cold; use it to heat up a pot of chilli or soup to sip on out of a mug or cook up some hotdogs. There’s nothing like a hot dog and some hot chocolate outside in winter. 

If you’ve been debating on getting a hot tub, it’s time to take the plunge—so to speak. Cold weather is the best time to use a hot tub. There’s something about being in the steaming water and watching the gentle snowfall on a brisk winter night that gives you peace of mind. Plus, you can dare your friends and family to jump in a snowbank before hopping back into the hot tub.

Get some mood lighting rather than relying on a porch light or the ambient light from your home. Drape patio lanterns or string lights with whimsical-shaped bulbs around the space to keep it lit enough to see the people you’re spending time with but not so bright that you need shades.

As we move into winter, Christmas lights are always abundant, so why not decorate your deck for the festive season? Save a few decorations that typically go on the lawn and the front of the house, and make your winter wonderland out back.

Once you’ve got all your heaters, lights, and snacks, you only need some big fluffy blankets to wrap yourself up in. Toss a few decorative pillows onto the outdoor furniture to make lounging in the cool air even more comfy. 

If you’re ready to embrace your deck year-round, we can get you started with the retractable screens. We have the highest quality screens and the best installation team around. Call us for a consultation today at 250-762-7592!

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