How to Enjoy Your Deck in the Winter

How to Enjoy Your Deck in the Winter Grand Rapids, MI

We think it’s a shame that most homeowners don’t use their decks during the winter. In fact, winter can be one of the best times to install a backyard deck if you know what you’re doing. (Check out our blog post on why winter is the best time to start deck construction.)

Continue reading to learn how to use your deck in the winter. As a building materials supplier, we believe that decks and other outdoor spaces should be enjoyed as much as possible.

How to Enjoy Your Deck in the Winter?

Some of the best ways to use your deck in the winter are to gather around a fire pit, soak in a hot tub, or grill delicious seasonal food. A 2017 survey from the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association says that 23% of consumers grill for the Super Bowl and 14% for Thanksgiving. Making a few simple changes (like adding space heaters) can help you enjoy your deck year-round.

Add a Heat Source

Who says you can only enjoy your deck in the summer? As a building materials supplier, we understand the time and effort that goes into building a backyard deck. After all the work of either building your deck yourself or hiring a contractor, you deserve to enjoy your new deck as much as possible.

To stay warm, we recommend adding a heat source raised above your deck. That way, you’ll be able to avoid overheating your wood or composite decking boards. A fire pit or a few patio heaters can make your backyard deck a cozy place to roast marshmallows and watch the snow fall lightly over your neighborhood.

Consider a Hot Tub

While it’s much easier to add a hot tub during deck construction, this doesn’t mean it’s impossible to change your plans later. Before adding a hot tub to your deck, you’ll need to make sure the location is sheltered from the wind (and the prying eyes of your neighbors).

Many people appreciate being able to soak in their hot tubs year-round. However, you’ll want to install your hot tub close to the door so you won’t have to run far through the snow to get back inside your house. Your contractor can help you determine the best place for your new backyard deck and hot tub.

Grill Outside Year-Round

Love outdoor cooking? There’s nothing cozier than gathering on the backyard deck to eat hot delicious food just off the grill. Not to mention, your neighbors will probably be pretty jealous when they smell your food wafting over the fence.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, your grill should be at least 10 feet away from your house. You also shouldn’t grill under something that can catch fire, such as the overhang of your roof or low tree branches. As long as you take the necessary safety precautions, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy grilling on your backyard deck year-round.

Eikenhout is a building materials supplier in Lansing MI. We also have locations in Grand Rapids, Mt. Pleasant, Holland, Traverse City, Saginaw, Petoskey, and Kalamazoo. To learn more about our decking material for sale, call (517) 367-0699.