TIPS FOR OUTDOOR LIVING IN WINTER
Chances are you’ve spent so many happy hours out on your deck this summer that it’s begun to feel like an extra lounge room. But what happens when the temperatures dip, the rain comes through and the wind picks up? Does winter mean the end of your outdoor room? Not according to Bryan Fairbanks, director of international business development for Trex, the world’s number one decking brand.
“There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t continue to enjoy your deck all year round,” Bryan says. “In fact, a deck takes on a whole different personality in winter.”
Following are some tips from the experts at Trex for extending your outdoor living season:
Heat Things UpAdding a source of heat to your outdoor space is a top tip. Consider incorporating a built-in fire pit into your deck design. An ideal autumn project, a fire pit is a great place to roast marshmallows and gives your outdoor living space a real sense of atmosphere.
If you haven’t got room for a fire pit, consider stylish outdoor gas heaters. You can find freestanding models and models that fix to the wall.
A chiminea is another option for ensuring you and your guests don’t get chilly enjoying your outdoor room in the cooler months. And inexpensive blankets are always a winner as your guests can grab one if they need a little extra warmth.
Minimise MaintenanceMake time to reflect on how your deck and garden are currently working for you and think about things you might like to do differently to make your outdoor living space the best it can be.
“Trex high-performance decking is always a great choice as it’s extremely low maintenance, won’t warp, rot, crack or splinter, and is highly resistant to wear, tear, fading, staining and scratching,” Bryan says.
Unlike wooden boards that require regular staining and repair, Trex composite decking requires only an occasional soap-and-water cleaning to retain its beauty and performance year after year.
Let There Be LightLighting is another effective way of bringing warmth to a winter deck and extending your outdoor living season. The Trex OutdoorLighting Collection, available through Amazon.com, offers sophisticated, energy-efficient LED components that can be easily installed directly into a deck, railing or landscape to enhance the ambiance – and safety – of any outdoor space. For added flair, string lights in trees, pergolas or trellises, or simply decorate with candles to make those outdoor dinner parties extra bright and cheerful.
Curb the ChillAdding clear café-style blinds is another great outdoor project to add value to your outdoor entertaining room and curb the chill during cooler months. Or you could consider building a cover over your deck to help keep out the winter rain and the summer sun.
For a pop of colour and added warmth, an outdoor rug will add texture and dimension to your entertaining space while providing a soft layer between your guests and a cold floor.
And, don’t overlook cushions. Added to benches and chairs, they can help take the chill off your outdoor furniture and give you somewhere cosy to sit while you make plans for next summer.
About TrexTrex was launched more than 20 years ago in the USA and is recognised as the inventor of composite decking. Now the world leader in its field, the Trex brand is sold in 43 countries.
For more information about Trex high-performance decking, visit www.trex.com
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