5 tips to transition your deck from summer to fall

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Just because the weather is starting to cool off doesn't mean you have to head indoors and stop enjoying your deck. In fact, with the cooler weather and the leaves changing color, some might say that fall is the ideal season for taking advantage of your outdoor space. However, many homeowners put away their outdoor furniture and close off their decks come colder weather. Learn how you can get the most enjoyment from your deck this fall with these 5 ideas.

#1: Add Some Lighting

During the fall it may feel like the days are becoming shorter, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying your deck to the fullest, even when it’s dark outside. By adding additional lightingyou can maximize the value of your outdoor space. Try incorporating festive lighting options like outdoor string lights and lanterns, which will make your deck feel warmer and more inviting, making it the perfect setting for evening entertaining.

#2: Swap Out Your Patio Furniture

Before winter’s wet weather rolls in, you’ll want to change your deck’s plush outdoor furniture that you used in the summertime to something more durable and water-resistant. However, don’t feel that you have to compromise on comfort, instead, add seat cushions to your outdoor furniture to maintain the same level of comfort and style. If you’re in the process of building or redesigning your deck you can opt to include built-in seating. This option provides an easy way to transition your deck from summer to fall since you’ll only need to store your summer patio furniture during the winter months, and rather than buy another furniture set, you can use the built in seating as the weather cools off.

#3: Add an Outdoor Rug

Adding an outdoor rug to your deck not only keeps you from having to walk on cold, bare planks, but it also gives the deck added warmth and color as well as a more comfortable feel. A rug can bring your entire outdoor space together and make it feel more like a cozy room. As an additional bonus, rugs can help protect your deck when moving furniture or other objects.

#4: Create a Barrier From the Cold

If you live in an area that tends to have harsh seasons, having a permanent deck covering installed by a professional builder is a good way to protect your deck. Additionally, the cover can be enclosed, and can help create a barrier from the cold so you can enjoy your deck well through the fall and into early winter. If you don’t need a permanent cover consider installing a soft-top, like an awning, which can then be easily removed in the spring.

#5: Break Out the Fall Decor

What better way to prepare your deck for fall than by decorating with the appropriate colors and accents. From jack-o-lanterns and hay bales to pots of colorful mums and dried corn stalks, you can bring the beauty of fall to your deck easily and affordably. While carved pumpkins and gourds are great decorative elements, you’ll want to ensure that you place them on an elevated surface to help prevent trapping moisture on the deck.

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