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
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.
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
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
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.
Hosting during the
holidays is a big undertaking, but so rewarding. If you are planning to throw a
magical, outdoor party this season, Distinctive Deck Designs has everything you
need to get your deck or patio ready. Make sure you set the scene with outdoor
lighting, keep your guests warm and toasty with an outdoor fireplace and
sheltered from the cold with an outdoor living area.
A common misconception amongst Northern Virginia homeowners
is that the summer months are the only window of time to enjoy their deck.
Believe it or not, there are certain design elements to add to an outdoor area
that will extend the hours of enjoyment. Distinctive Deck Designs offers
services that will make it possible to spend 365 days a year on your deck,