Your deck and porches spend every day of the year outside. They get wet when it rains and they get sun when it is sunny. There are bugs that may stop by to take a bite out of it. They face a lot of issues and it is a major problem for homeowners to have to deal with. That is why we feel that it is important for you to learn the best way to protect your porches and decks. A little effort now could save your deck later on.

One thing to keep in mind is that it is never too soon to start protecting your wooden decks and porches. Even a brand new deck can see extreme damage over just a year’s time. That is why it is recommended that you use treated wood and paint it with deck waterproofing stuff to ensure it looks great for a longer period of time. However, once you have used waterproofing, don’t think you can skip out on regular maintenance.

Even a treated porch or deck will suffer if you allow water, leaves, and dirt to sit on it for an extended period of time. This also includes snow piling up over it. Another consideration is whether the cracks between your boards are tight together, you may need to use a tool that can scrape dirt out so that it does not block airflow from getting between the cracks. This is less of a concern with porches and decks that have a larger gap.

If your porch or deck is older and perhaps already dirty, you should pressure wash it to ensure that the wood is clean and free of dirt before waterproofing or sealing it. The thing is, if you are using a soft wood, you cannot allow the pressure washer to spray too firmly, close to the surface of the wood. If you put it too close to the wood, you could damage it to the point that it will need to be sanded down. In either case, you should try to test it in an area that is small to see how your wood reacts to the pressure washer. If it is not something your wood can handle, soap and a garden hose will work well enough. The important part is that you find a way to get it clean so you can re-protect it.

Who doesn’t want a large deck or porch on their home? The larger the space, the more you can enjoy being outside in it. However, if you see a very large home with a deck that is very small, you are going to scratch your head and wonder why. On the other hand, if you see a very tiny house with a very large deck, you will have the same thoughts. We recommend that if you want to ensure your home looks perfect from the outside looking in, you keep your porch and deck size proportional to your home and yard.

A small home or a small yard can be overtaken by a porch or deck that is too large for it. Even if the idea sounds great, you wouldn’t want to have a deck take up over half of your backyard space. This is because most people like to see a little greenery when they are out on their deck. Admittedly, small homes have people in them that may want to have a large area for spending time outdoors where they can cook out, entertain, and more, but this doesn’t mean you should cover the yard for it. If you do want to have a large entertaining space and you have a small home, you should consider building the porch and then having a designated entertaining area away from the house. This will make the entire yard a part of your deck, but you will not have an area that takes up the entire yard.

On the other side of this spectrum, not everyone with a large house needs a backyard that is filled with a deck either. However, instead of simply putting steps out the back door, you can build out a little from the house so that you have a nice porch. Consider spanning the area across the back half of your home or at the very least centering the porch around your back door. This will give it a symmetrical appearance, even if you do not have a huge, fancy deck area.

Whether you have a big home or a small one, the deck space can give you an area to enjoy and relax. It can provide you with a great space to entertain others. However, if you build it too large or too small, you could end up having it look bad. You wouldn’t want that.

Most people do not spend much time outside. They would rather stay in their home where they have televisions to watch and the internet to browse. Most often, when asked they will say that they would go outside more often if they could find something to do. Therefore, we feel that decks and porches can make a boring yard better. It will give you the space that is outdoors, but also more enjoyable to be in.

If you have a large yard, you can build an amazing outdoor space by adding a large porch or deck to your home. In this space, you can have a covered area for sitting down and relaxing. You can get very comfortable outdoor furniture to fill it with. You can have an area built that gives you an outdoor kitchen, complete with a grill, refrigerator, and sink. You can have speakers outdoors that give you something to listen to. There are so many unique options for you to consider and all of them will be useful in getting your family outdoors more often.

Even if you don’t have a large yard or the money for a large designated outdoor space, you can still benefit from a small porch and deck. Many put a swing on their smaller outdoor area. They may put a table and chairs so that they can have a meal outside. They may have a grill set up on it. You don’t have to go large. You can keep it simple and add a little bit of sound with a radio or speaker set. All families love having picnics and it could be something you are missing out on.

The biggest issue isn’t the size of the porch for some people. Some have a great deck or porch on their home, but still sit indoors. Most likely this is because of the heat. If this is what holds you back from enjoying time outdoors, you can consider putting up an awning or a roof over it to keep the sun off your head while you enjoy all that you can do on a porch.  What will it take for you to get up and outdoors?