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5 fabulous fall upgrades can extend your deck time this year

(BPT) - Who says you have to give up time on the deck you love just because summer is over? Whether you’re just relaxing or tackling home improvement projects, time outdoors is a great way to recharge at the end of a hectic day or tiring week. A few simple do-it-yourself updates can help you enjoy your deck this fall – and throughout the rest of the year.


1. Add decorative touches like post caps and privacy lattice.
Just having a deck adds value to your home, but you can easily make yours more appealing and enjoyable by adding some decorative touches. Post caps are an easy-to-install way to dress up an ordinary deck railing. Deck product manufacturers like Deckorators offer extensive post cap options, including wood designs, metal and decorative caps that incorporate stained glass, metal accents and even solar lighting.

Lattice is another way to add interest to your deck, while creating privacy at the same time. Durable plastic lattice from Deckorators allows you to visually shield areas of your deck, or block off the space beneath your deck to keep animals from slipping under it.

Not sure how the decorative element of your choice will look on your deck? Deckorators’ website provides a deck visualizer to help you understand how your design choices might look on your deck. Visit www.deckorators.com to learn more.

2. Light the way to longer hours of enjoyment.
As summer winds down, days grow shorter. Adding lighting to your deck can help you enjoy fall evenings outdoors. Low-voltage LED lighting can help illuminate steps, accent your deck railing and create areas of interest – all while using less electricity to save you money. Deckorators offers an LV light system that easily clips onto deck railings, making installation quick and easy for most DIYers.

3. Plant the seeds of great seasons to come.
Landscaping adds value and relaxation to a deck area. Wooden planters are a great way to enhance a deck’s visual appeal. Building a planter is an easy weekend project, and provides you the perfect location to plant some fall veggies as well. Add a removable lid to the planting box and you can turn it into additional seating when then growing season is over. When spring comes, remove the lid and you’re ready to plant spring vegetables or flowers.

4. Warm up the decor.
Fall is a great time to score deals on outdoor decor. Deck furniture, outdoor area rugs and decorative items all go on sale as summer ends – even though in many areas of the country there will be plenty of warm days and evenings left in which to enjoy your outdoor spaces. Simply replacing worn furniture and adding an area rug can make your deck feel warmer and more inviting.

5. Heat up your outdoor space.
Of course, your outdoor environment will eventually get chilly as fall settles in. Why not add an outdoor heater to extend your deck time even longer? Home improvement and lawn and garden stores sell a variety of patio heaters in a range of designs to fit every space, taste and need. A single, well-placed heater can provide enough warmth to keep your entire deck comfortable on a chilly fall evening. Need an additional source of warmth to supplement your patio heater? Fire up the grill and fill the fall air with the aroma of grilled treats!

Don’t let fall drive you indoors too soon. A few simple updates can allow you to enjoy your deck throughout the autumn months.