If you live in the Northeast like we do, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. But we want to see you get as much use out of your deck as possible, so we have a few cost- effective ways you can extend the deck season.
Add some lighting. Buy a few shepherd's hooks that are designed to clamp onto deck railing. They are available in different sizes, some of them extend 3’-4’ above the railing. Then buy a few light strings and run them from your house out to the shepherd’s hooks on the front railing. The light strings with about 1” round bulbs are the best way to go, but Christmas light strings will work great as well. You will probably want to order these things online this time of year, most stores will only stock them in the spring
Add a firepit. This can be a great way to spark conversation as people gather around it to warm up. There are many different sizes and types available, most of them will store a propane tank out of sight underneath it. Prices vary greatly for these gas fire pits, but you can get a decent one for a few hundred dollars.
Add some patio heaters. Same concept as the fire pit, people will congregate around these to warm up, leading to good conversation. These are available at most home improvement stores and cost around $50-$100.
- Add a TV. With the advance of technology, Tvs are cheaper than ever. And they can be connected to your home wi-fi, making it easy to stream live tv to them. So instead of spending a lot of money on a waterproof, outdoor TV, and an extra cable box, just buy a regular TV that can be moved in and out as needed.
If you would like some more free deck advice, see our Deck Options page
By Ray Ebersol