When the sun is shining it automatically lifts your mood and often makes you want to get outside and enjoy some socializing in a comfortable and relaxed area.
The perfect venue for watching the sun go down is likely to be a porch or deck area that is all ready for summer fun.
Here are some ideas to get your outside area dressed up and ready to go for some summer entertaining. Including decking installation and maintenance tips, plus some ideas on choosing the right furniture.
Getting decked out and ready for the sunshine
If you don’t already have a decking area that might need sprucing up before the summer months, it is never too soon to get started on building an area that will become your main hub for entertaining outside.
A deck is considered to be an excellent way of extending your dining and entertaining space in your home and it can be considered an investment in your property that should repay you in a number of ways.
If you are starting from scratch and creating a new decking area it would be a sound idea to at least familiarize yourself with your various options before you get started with creating this new area in your yard.
Choice of materials
Think about the functionality as well as the potential benefits associated with the various types of decking materials you can use for your project.
Pressure-treated and composite decks are the default for many homeowners, mainly because of their ability to cope with the demands placed on it by adverse weather throughout the colder and wetter months of the year.
They also tend to require less maintenance, which is a bonus if you are more interested in tending the barbecue than staining your decking on a regular basis.
Pressure-treated wood is much more robust and durable when it comes to not only resisting the elements but also bugs and the threat of rot as well. Another worthwhile option to consider is composite decking, which is more expensive to install but does often manage to last longer and requires minimal maintenance.
Making the right furniture choice
Another important aspect of your entertaining plans is the need to provide plenty of comfortable seating options for you and your guests so that you can enjoy the outdoor scenery and ambiance in style.
You might want to visit a site like Bridgman.co.uk/teak-garden-furniture for some inspiration on what sort of seating style and configuration you would like.
Think about how your choice of furniture will blend in with your decking or porch, as well as how it will complement your outside entertaining area in general.
As you would expect, there are plenty of choices when it comes to outdoor furniture and it is not just styles that you have to consider but the finish too. Teak furniture should last you for years with a bit of maintenance and should prove to be much more stylish and comfortable than some of the plastic options around, which are much less expensive but look it and feel it most of the time.
Most of us have a budget to restrict our design ambitions to a certain degree but you want an outdoor entertaining area that you are going to enjoy and get plenty of use out of for many summers to come, so bear that in mind when making your decking and furniture choices.
Time for a bit of TLC
If you already have a decking area installed and want to get it looking its best for the summer months, there are a few maintenance tasks to get out of the way before you settle down to a few months of barbecue parties and generally relaxing and entertaining.
Don’t be tempted to fire up the pressure washer and think that this will blast away all the grime and prepare your decking for the summer season, without doing some basic prep work beforehand.
Your deck will need to be thoroughly cleaned before you set to work with the pressure-washer.
If you don’t do the preparatory work you could be forcing damaging mold spores deep inside the grains of the wood when you set to work with the pressure-washer, leading to potential decay that starts from the inside of the planks. It is well worth making the effort to scrub the deck with a bristle brush so that you get all the benefits of the pressure-wash afterward.
You will also need to consider re-staining the surface every 2-3 years to keep it in perfect shape and to give you a much longer life out of your decking as a result.
Is your outdoor area ready for the summer? If not, it’s time to get to work so that you can enjoy the party season properly when it comes around.
Gabriel Mistry works as a gardener and handyman and loves nothing better than sinking his hands into compost! In the quieter times of his work, he writes articles sharing his garden knowledge with an online audience.