Libby Smoot, October 18, 2013

Fall: There's Still Time to Hit the Deck

Many homeowners think of spring and early summer as the premium time to enjoy the outdoors, but that's no reason to let their dreams of creating a beautiful new outdoor living space hibernate through another winter. It's still not too late to transform your backyard into an outdoor oasis.

Trex, Transcend, Spiced Rum, wood-composite, deck

Keep Your CoolThe installation of decking and railing involves spending a significant amount of time in the great outdoors, especially if you've decided to handle the labor yourself, which many Trex® deck owners do. In many regions of the country, late summer and early fall may actually be preferable for taking on such an extensive home improvement project. And if you live in an area of the country where the temperatures routinely soar above 90 during the summer months, this time of year may actually be the most enjoyable time to hit the deck.

Score A Deal
Since late summer and early fall are considered "off season" for deck builders and retailers, some offer price incentives this time of year to entice homeowners. Taking the time to obtain price quotes from various contractors and retailers may pay off with a cost savings on labor.

Prepare For The Common Cold
No matter where you live, winter eventually will arrive. In preparation, homeowners with wood decks will need to wash, stain and seal them - a process that can take several days, or even weekends. If you already own a wood-alternative Trex Transcend®, Enhance® or Select® deck, all you need to do is some basic cleaning with soap and water. During the dead of winter, use a plastic shovel to remove snow from your deck and calcium chloride or rock salt to melt away any ice collected on the surface. Rinse off the rock salt as soon as possible. For more information on taking care of your Trex deck, see our caretaking guidelines or watch our care and cleaning videos.