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Two-story white deck with greenery.

5 Signs that Your Deck Needs Replaced Rather than Repaired

Springtime is the perfect time to evaluate the health of your deck. The weather is finally becoming beautiful again and you want to have a functional deck area to spend time on this season. You must be thoroughly inspecting your deck at the beginning of each deck-using season for tell-tale signs of wear and tear. Your deck may simply need sanding or a couple of bolts tightened, but if you become aware of these five red-flags it may be time to contact Distinctive Deck Designs to install a brand-new, quality deck!

Test your railings

If your railing posts feel wobbly or loose when you touch or shake them, this is a sign that your deck may be becoming unstable. Railing posts loosen over time so replacing your deck with Distinctive Deck Designs will help to assure your railing is secure for years to come.

Check for discoloration

Wood decks weather over time, even when they’re built with pressure-treated wood and stained or painted regularly. Stains and discoloration are big signs that you should be looking into replacing your deck. Our products are durable and have incredible staying power. You’ll be investing in materials that will keep their color and finish despite heavy foot traffic and other elements.

See if you can find rot

Even if you can’t spot visual rot, a sagging deck indicates its presence. Rotting wood also becomes susceptible to termite damage, which further weakens its stability. When you examine the deck and regularly find more hardware on the ground—or you replace screws that don’t hold the frame or have the same effective purchase—that’s another indicator that it’s time to replace your deck.

Hire a professional if your deck is older than current regulations

Hire a professional to inspect your deck if it’s more than six years old. Someone with prior knowledge of deck aging properties will know what to look for. Since Virginia has dramatic seasonal changes, those temperatures can dramatically affect your deck’s structure and stability.

After the thorough inspection of your current deck, contact Distinctive Deck Designs to request a free, design consultation! Our team is dedicated to designing a deck that is high-quality and matches the design aesthetic of your current outdoor area.

Suburban home with a porch and shrubbery

Spring Cleaning for Your Outdoor Area

When spring rolls around, everyone reaches for their cleaning supplies to complete their annual deep-clean of the house, but how many people remember to complete their outdoor, spring cleaning too? Your backyard tends to get neglected during the fall and winter months. Now that the weather is beautiful again, it’s time to revamp your outdoor area by considering decking options from Distinctive Deck Designs.

Our services will elevate the look and feel of your yard this season. From deck installation to outdoor lighting options, we will help to prepare your outdoor area for all that spring has in store.

Design a brand-new deck area: 

A functional and beautiful deck area is essential to have as part of your North Virginia home. During the winter months, your outdoor space gets cluttered and tarnished. The goal is to clear the space and to make your backyard feel like an extension of your home this spring. Beginning a deck design project is the best way to do it. Decks create natural gathering spaces for friends and family and provide you with a spot to serve meals, relax, and enjoy the stunning views that Virginia has to offer. Our team at Distinctive Deck Designs works with you to bring the vision you have for your deck to life. We start with an in-person consultation to see the space and then come up with an installation process for your project.

Not only do we handle the deck construction, but we also include features like built-in outdoor lighting, patio pavers, fire pits, and covered living area installation. Choose from options like sunrooms, screened porches, and gazebos to add an extra touch to your brand-new, outdoor area.

Plant flowers and add greenery: 

Another great way to spruce up your yard after the colder months is to plant flowers. Pull up any dead plants in your yard and start a garden, including potted plants, or add bushes to add color and life back into your outdoor area.

Replace décor and furniture: 

A new season means an opportunity to switch up the design and color scheme of your outdoor living space. Replace your old, rickety furniture with modern, sleek pieces and brighten up your new deck with splashes of color. Breathe new life into the area with seat cushions, hanging plants, and outdoor rugs.

Commit to a thorough spring cleaning this season and continue your focus on your outdoor area. Let Distinctive Deck Designs create a backyard that is livable, functional, and that adds value to your home overall. Contact us today for a free, in-person consultation!

A white, two story deck with stone pavers.

How Installing a Deck Will Increase the Overall Beauty of Your Yard

The beauty of a Distinctive Designs Deck will transform your outdoor area into the perfect place for entertaining and will increase the value of your home greatly. There are so many different options when it comes to decking, which means we can help you create the perfect, customized deck to enhance your home!

Hosting guests 

Installing a deck will make your space a hub for entertaining. It’s the perfect area to host family get-togethers, dinners and parties. When the weather is agreeable, a deck allows you to enjoy the sunshine and warmth in a beautiful, outdoor setting. You can add comfortable furniture to make your guests feel at home on your deck as well.

Increases value 

Decks are a highly sought-after feature for potential homebuyers. Since decks create a natural gathering place, your outdoor space will be a family-oriented area. Homeowners will love the possibility of spending time with family and friends on a deck. They will be able to picture themselves having get-togethers outdoors which is a wonderful thing to be able to do with the beauty of Northern Virginia as a backdrop. In case you ever plan to sell your Fairfax home, installing a deck with Distinctive Deck Designs is a beneficial decision.

Aesthetic appeal 

Since there are so many design options when you install with Distinctive Deck Designs, we’ll make sure to build you the deck of your dreams. Add options like outdoor lighting, which can be very helpful when the days get shorter in Virginia and covered living spaces like gazebos which can be great barriers to the weather. You can also design your deck to enhance the existing features of your home. Install pathways to draw attention to elements like gardens, plants, fire pits, and water features. Adding your personal design touch with decorations will make the space truly unique and beautiful.

Extension of your home 

The best part of installing a deck is that you can add an extension of your home. Making the space feel homey and personalized is a great way to make your deck feel like an outdoor living room. This will increase your quality of life and make your home feel much bigger and luxurious.

Install a deck with Distinctive Deck Designs to add beauty, value, and comfortability to your home. Contact us today!

A close-up of a two-person, outdoor dinner with appetizers and wine glasses.

How to Prepare the Perfect Valentines Dinner on Your Deck

 If you’re planning on spending the night in for Valentine’s Day, serve your dinner outside on your Distinctive Deck Design’s deck! An outdoor setting is exactly what you need to make your holiday special. Even if you’re just planning a meal for friends or family, dinner on your deck will be the perfect atmosphere for a wonderful dinner!

Take advantage of your outdoor area

Since you have a beautiful, fully functional Distinctive Deck Designs deck, setting up a table and chairs for a sunset meal is a great way to make your Valentine’s Day special. Place decorations around your patio and create an outdoorsy display for your table. Take inspiration from rustic table settings and put out a wooden cheese board or include greenery in your design. A tip to creating a luxurious dining experience at home is to create a restaurant-like table spread. Include wine glasses, placemats, and tea lights.

Illuminate the area with outdoor lighting

Switch on your deck lighting to create an ambiance and to prolong the time you can spend outside. Illuminate your Fairfax home well after the sun goes down so you and your partner or group of loved ones can enjoy the beautiful views for as long as you please. Lighting a few candles and placing them around your deck will also be a nice Valentine’s Day touch!

Light your firepit

Your outdoor fireplace will come in handy this Valentine’s Day. After your meal, pull up chairs and enjoy the warm glow of the fire and stargaze. Not only will the fire provide a beautiful element to your night, but it will also serve as your heat source on a cold, Virginia night. Our firepits are completely customizable and built to provide you with comfortability, and beauty.

Plan for future holidays

No matter the holiday, spending it on your Distinctive Deck Designs deck is sure to make your day enjoyable. We provide the best products and services to build you the deck of your dreams. We will work with you to create an extension of your home and to decide on special features like covered living areas, lighting, and pathways.

Have a magical dining experience this Valentine’s Day on your deck. Contact us today to install a beautiful patio space with Distinctive Deck Designs to enjoy your holidays and family get-togethers.