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Adding a wooden deck to your house is a delightful idea, especially if you enjoy the breeze and the sun. Beautiful as it looks, wood needs some basic upkeep. It tends to fade, turn grey, and dull during hot summer months. UV rays from the sun are harmful to its color and luster, causing it to lose its rich color quite quickly if left untreated.
Let this not discourage you from getting an amazing wooden deck. We have a few techniques to ensure it stays safe from damage. Keep reading to know the best practices for wood and sun exposure.
The first thing you can do to minimize sun damage is go for a stain color that will absorb the least heat during the summer months. Decks can get hot during summers, which is often because darker stains absorb more heat. Try to choose lighter stains, so that much of the heat and light are reflected, and your deck stays cool. Stains like black, mahogany, or redwood may look very attractive initially, but they are quick to fade compared to lighter stains.
A sun umbrella will provide shade to your deck and prolong its life. Not only does it look great on a deck, but it is specifically designed to block harmful UV rays from reaching the deck surface with its long-lasting UV-resistant fabric. A vidaXL 4-Tier Parasol has a pole on one side instead of the center, so it doesn't obstruct the seating area in any way.
An awning is excellent for maximum sun protection. It might cost you some extra money in the beginning, but it will be worth the investment to protect your deck.
Awnings are retractable, allowing you to sunbathe in the cooler months by pulling them back. They are designed to be heat-resistant and provide flexibility if you love basking in the sun. The Aleko Half Cassette Motorized Retractable LED Luxury Patio Awning offers ease of operation with the click of a switch.
You can create a natural barrier to harsh sunlight harming your deck by planting a shady tree. Using plants as natural shade filters out sunlight and helps keep the deck cooler by allowing the breeze to pass through. They will add more green to your deck area and make it look more fresh and appealing. Additionally, outdoor plants are naturally resistant to harsh sunlight, so they wouldn't require much maintenance.
Wood weathers and fades. It is also susceptible to mold, infestations, and rot. Wooden decks need to be restained and resealed every few years to keep them looking fresh. Such consistent maintenance can be avoided by using alternative materials.
A popular alternative is a composite deck. Composite deck panels are made by combing wood fibers with plastic to make a more durable material with a longer life and fewer maintenance needs. VidaXL Decking Tiles WPC are decking tiles with an interlocking system made from wood and plastic composite. They are heat and water-resistant and have a longer life.
A pergola over your wooden deck has dual functions. It looks modern and stylish while providing sun protection to your deck. Pergolas are of different kinds, serving different purposes. The vidaXL Garden Gazebo with Retractable Roof Canopy makes a great gazebo and provides an option to retract the fabric covering if you are in the mood for sunbathing. On the other hand, the vidaXL Round Gazebo with Curtains allows more permanent shade along with privacy. Overall, pergolas are worth the initial investment.
Now, your deck is safe and summer-ready.
All this hardware and masonry can make you feel unsettled, but it is easier than it seems. You can DIY almost anything in your house with the right tools and techniques. Even better, you can do a summer project with your friends or family and invest in something personal.All the tools and parts you require to add a shade to your deck are available here; you don’t have to face the awkwardness of being clueless in a hardware store. Check out a whole range of deck coverings, from awnings to sun umbrellas, at Garage Department. The ideas mentioned in this article will protect your deck from the sun just enough for you to enjoy your summer evenings.