The Dog Days of Summer are Here – Enjoy Them with a Deck Makeover

The Dog Days of Summer are marked by the Old Farmer’s Almanac as the 40 days beginning July 3rd through August 11th. While in ancient times this had a negative connotation as a time of drought, our fortunate present translation usually indicates enjoying this time with the least amount of rain in the northern hemisphere. What a great time for a deck makeover!

Ideas for a Deck Makeover

two level deck by Duradek
Your deck space doubles with two level decks.

Go Big When You Go Home – Outdoor living space has become a favorite feature for many North American residences. The old style of constructing decks to a 10 foot by 20-foot single surface has been replaced by a growing number of expansive decks. In addition, you can double your deck area by using your second level deck as a roof for a deck area below. Deck waterproofing specialists like our Duradek trained applicators can provide a roof-grade deck surface on your upper-level deck, enabling you to double your outdoor living space with a protected lower level deck below.

Durarail topless glass railing and picket railing
A combination of topless glass railing and picket railing were used on this deck

Get Creative With Railings – There are many styles of railings available for defining your outdoor living space. In addition to traditional picket railings, you can also select glass railings, stainless steel cable railings or powder coated aluminum railings that can provide the classic look of wrought iron without the need for maintenance. Go one step further and combine any of the above options for a completely unique look. Durarail powder coated aluminum railings allow for standard or custom designs, and incorporating unique features can provide the best of design and functionality for your individualized deck.

Durarail Panorama Post Topless Glass Railing System
Durarail Panorama Post virtually ‘bends’ around corners.

The Shape of Things to Come – There is no need to be stuck in same old rectangular shaped deck with today’s decking options. Choose octagonal, oval or multiple curves to create a unique shape that brings an element of contemporary style to the traditional feature of a deck.  Innovative railing products like Durarail’s PUP Post allow you to define a curved deck with a topless glass railing system that virtually “bends” around corners.

Multi-Level Deck - Duradek
Multi-level decks create distinct outdoor ‘rooms’.

Multi-Level Decks – Decking trends like outdoor kitchens, permanent (as opposed to seasonal) outdoor furniture and fire features contribute to the use of outdoor living space being used as often as any other room in your home. Incorporating multiple levels to your deck with distinct separation allows you to treat each level of your deck like a separate room. While your outdoor kitchen is on one level, your lounging area can be another and your spa is on yet another…the possibilities are endless based on your favorite leisure activities. When your deck surface is protected with Duradek vinyl, the area below is kept dry; and even if a lower level of your deck is only elevated a couple of feet, that provides some great dry storage for gardening supplies, camping gear or other outdoor toys.

Want to explore the possibilities with a decking professional? Contact one of our Duradek installers to discuss your deck make-over options.

Originally Published July 3, 2013

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