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Prep Your Deck for The Holidays!

Winter in Virginia is a beautiful sight but can be daunting for the average homeowner. You have to clean out your gutters and prepare your driveway for the harsh winter conditions. Between snowstorms, heavy rain fall, and rough winds, you have plenty to think about before the holidays! 

With all the holiday shopping and other household maintenance, it’s easy to forget about your deck. That’s why we’re here to remind you to prepare your deck for Virginia’s winter conditions. Here’s a quick guide on how to prepare and protect your deck for the season. 

How to protect your deck from Winter in Virginia.

There are several ways you can protect your deck from the harsh weather conditions that come with the season. Prevent damage to your deck from snow and ice with these winter deck protection suggestions provided by Distinctive Deck Designs. 

Clean Up the Surface

Before doing anything else, clean your deck and make sure it’s free of any debris. Remove any fallen leaves or dirt with a good sweep to ensure that you have a nice, clear surface. Use a pressure washer to get a nice deep clean for optimal deck maintenance.  

Pressure washing and removing debris from your deck before the winter months helps to avoid damage from mildew, mold, and algae. So, get your wood deck ready for winter and spruce up the deck surface before moving onto the next steps. 

Stain & Seal Your Deck

Apply deck stain to bring your wooden deck back to life before the winter weather arrives. This will prevent damage from natural elements like UV rays. Staining a deck is a yearly task that takes time and energy but helps reduce damage overall. 

Finish the job with a sealer to protect your lovely deck from water damage. Sealant offers protection from rain and snow due to its waterproof construction. Stain and sealer will help maintain your deck through the winter months and avoid repairs in the Spring. 

Cover Your Deck

Even after cleaning, staining, and sealing, you might still worry about the amount of snow you’ll be shoveling off your deck. The best way to protect your deck from harsh weather conditions is by covering your deck. You can cover your deck with a tarp and help avoid your boards from warping or ice building underneath.  

Install a Winter Canopy

Find a winter canopy or deck cover installation service to protect your deck from the season. Doing this will help prevent snow, rain, and other harsh winter conditions from building up debris on your deck’s surface. Installing a winter canopy will let you spend less time on deck maintenance like staining and power washing. 

You can also build a three season room to prevent the buildup of snow and other elements on your deck. The experts at Distinctive Deck Designs specialize in building three seasons rooms and sunrooms that can withstand Virginia’s winters. 

Store Your Furniture

After prepping your deck and making sure it’s winterized, remember to cover or store your outdoor furniture for the season. Leaving your furniture out during heavy rainfall and snowstorms will cause rust, warping, and other irreparable damage. Store your furniture in a nice, dry area so you have one less thing to worry about come Spring. 

Skip the Maintenance with Composite Decking

Another great idea to completely avoid the maintenance of wood decking, is to use composite decking. The deck builders at Distinctive Deck Designs offer top quality composite decking products from Trex, Techo-Block and more.  

Composite decking is a great synthetic alternative for your home in Virginia to avoid water damage and yearly maintenance. Trex composite decking has the elegant look of wood without splintering or warping. These features, along with many others, make composite decking the ideal product for your outdoor seating area. 

Distinctive Deck Designs offers a large portfolio of amazing custom deck designs in Virginia made with composite decking. Call the experts at Distinctive Deck Designs to find out how composite decking can improve your Virginian deck. 

A Virginia backyard with a stone patio and lawn chairs.

Create the Perfect Outdoor Space This Summer

Take advantage of the warm weather by creating the perfect outdoor space to lounge this summer. Work with our skilled team of deck builders in Virginia to bring your vision of a designer patio to life. Distinctive Deck Designs is dedicated to installing a durable, high-quality, and beautiful patio or deck area that you will enjoy all-year-long. Read how our team can transform your yard into an outdoor oasis this season!

High-quality materials:

Distinctive Deck Designs uses only the best materials to install your deck or patio to ensure safety and longevity. From low-maintenance Trex® composite decking to Techo-Bloc pavers with a lifetime warranty, we have solutions for every type of outdoor living project.

Professional consultation and installation processes:

Each deck and patio project begins with a complimentary consultation at your home. Our team will meet with you to discuss your decking and patio ideas and allow you to explore our material options. We will also evaluate your space to complete your area assessment and project scope. Our installation process is highly professional and is completed in a timely manner, weather permitting. Our team of deck builders promises to treat your outdoor space with care. Our construction zones are cleaned at the end of every working day to avoid disruptions to you and your family.

Outdoor fire pit and lighting options:

A key part of transforming your space into a luxurious, summertime oasis is installing lighting options as part of your deck design. Add a built-in fire pit for an unbeatable ambiance and illumination this season. Our fire pits are long-lasting, safe, and stunning to gather around in the evenings. Cozy up by the glow of the fire this summer. Also, consider installing deck lighting to brighten your summer nights. Increase the safety and visibility of your deck or patio area as well.

Covered living area options:

Installing a covered living area will provide shade, add value to your home, and provide a beautiful design element to your backyard. The entire team of contractors at Distinctive Deck Designs understands the lifestyle and tastes of homeowners in Northern Virginia. Your home’s covered patio or deck design can be matched to your home’s existing style and architecture. Enjoy your outdoor living area all-year-round.

Our deck builders will create an outdoor area that perfectly complements your Virginia home. Contact Distinctive Deck Designs today to be one step closer to your ideal, summertime oasis!

wrap around deck in Northern Virginina

Update Your Outdoor Space

Distinctive Deck Designs has the whole package. We can transform your home completely with custom deck construction, but homeowners can take it one step further. The one project that always seems to elevate a yard is adding enhancing, outdoor features. Embellishing your yard is a very personal process so you should work with a company that you trust. We will work with you along the way to provide expertise on creating an atmosphere that feels luxurious, calming and that matches your vision perfectly.

Outdoor Fireplace

The ambiance and warmth a fireplace adds to an outdoor space is unbeatable. Whether you are entertaining or sitting out on your patio, unwinding after a long day by a custom fireplace will be an excellent addition to your Fairfax design. We build high-quality, wood-burning fireplaces of all sizes to complement your backyard décor. Wherever you are in your design process, we will make sure your firepit installation meets your needs.


Our custom walkways will convert your Northern Virginia home to a functional and organized space. We create remarkable stone paths that make your yard easy to navigate and lead to the focal points, like patio seating, cozy fire pits, and fountains. We make sure the new pathway fits your existing aesthetic perfectly by offering a wide selection of materials. Choose from stone pavers, brick, slate or flagstone.


We believe the smallest detail can have the biggest effect. Adding simple lighting to your outdoor space will enhance the beauty and spirit of your home dramatically. Outdoor lighting brings attention to the charming features of your backyard, illuminates pathways and provides a comforting energy and ambiance that will make your guests feel at home.

Safety is another huge benefit to bringing light into your outdoor space. Paved walkways will be visible at night so navigating your yard will be less hazardous. If you are planning on having evening get-togethers, lighting will ensure that your guests are free to roam around and enjoy your entire backyard.

Increase your home’s curb appeal and add an enchanting touch to your yard with our lighting options. We offer everything from deck lighting, patio lighting, outdoor path lighting and much more.


Installing a patio as part of your outdoor project is the best way to make your space more livable. Relaxing and hosting in your yard is close to impossible without a proper patio. Extending your living area will make your home seem bigger and will create a wonderful place for entertaining and spending time with your family. Patio design is also the perfect opportunity to show off your personality by adding personal touches which we will make a reality.

Besides increasing the value of your home, patios are easy to maintain. You will never have to put in extra effort to keep your space clean because our patios are made with the best products available and designed to withstand harsh weather conditions.

Start on your backyard transformation today and contact us for a FREE consultation!

Hardscaping: An Essential Design Element for Outdoor Living

At Distinctive Deck Designs, we only work with the best quality products when designing your custom paver patios and walkways in the Fairfax area. We are proud to work with Techo-Bloc, an industry leader in landscaping product supplies. Hardscaping is our specialty and with our in-house masonry team, you can rest assured that your project is in excellent hands from start to finish.

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