know, I know, the start of winter is only a little more
than a month away. Unless you live in Florida or the
Southwest, your deck is not high on your to-do list
so at Trex, which produces low-maintenance composite
decking and where decks are a year-round priority.
prep work is a big part of the process of sprucing up
your outdoor-relaxation space for next spring or
designing a new deck from scratch, a lot can be
accomplished when the weather is cool.
a game plan, courtesy of Trex’s experts:
internet is a good place to get your creative juices
flowing. Start by perusing the outdoor-living projects
posted on websites such as Houzz and Pinterest. For more
inspirational images and information, check the sites of
home and garden magazines, contractors, and decking
a deck starts with the same questions as planning indoor
rooms. Decide whether it will be used for relaxing,
grilling or socializing.
determine how to incorporate those activities into your
space, explore the possibilities with online tools. To
try out the ones on Trex’s website, go to goo.gl/2K5RlJ.
They provide the details of a deck’s dimensions and
the materials needed, so you can experiment with layouts
that will help create the space you’re envisioning.
can also check out the types of design elements that are
available for customizing a deck — built-in seating,
planters, and storage, as well as accompanying features
such as pergolas or outdoor lighting. All are options
that could add to your comfort, the character of the
deck, and its convenience.
careful consideration to the deck’s railing, one of
its more visible parts. It, too, can be a source of
ensure that dream deck of yours remains within reach,
keep costs in mind. When evaluating expenses, think
beyond the initial material and labor costs and peer
into the future. That, of course, includes the costs of
maintaining the deck down the road. Depending on how
much upkeep you want to handle year to year, make your
choice: wood vs. composite.