Your deck should primarily be about enjoyment, not maintenance. Here are some deck ideas to help restore the balance, even when it’s wet and rainy.
Anyone from the Pacific Northwest will tell you that, as troublesome as rainy seasons can be, a good rain is cathartic for your soul.
It’s a wonder then that more people don’t celebrate the rain by making their outdoor spaces rain-friendly. Sure, it’s nice to sit on the sofa as the rain patters down your window, but there’s also no time the world smells better, I think, than during or after a good rainfall, and for that you need to be outside to enjoy.
If you’d like an outdoor space that’s not just great for summery days, what do you need?
Get under cover
From awnings to lean-tos and full roof additions, you have some options for your deck. Today’s new technology offers retractable protection made with all-weather fabrics, vinyl, aluminum, and more. That’s a pricy option that will give you the most flexibility in a small space.
Classic, and cheaper, choices come by way of good vinyl panels that will last through all kinds of weather, are affordable to replace, and won’t block the sun on a clear day, while hopefully not raising the temperature much if you’re under it. Of course, you can build a roof that extends from your home, or invest in a metal or cloth awning.
Whatever you choose, make sure it’s appropriate for the heavier weather in your area so it withstands what nature has to throw at it.
If you want an all-weather rain-proof area for relaxing on rainy days, you’ll need to have a raised deck or well-drained patio. You can do this with your standard wooden deck, install all-weather tiling, or go for modern composite decking solutions. They all offer their own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s about your preferences, style, and budget, rather than what’s right or wrong.
Wood decks need maintenance but are easy to repair and more budget-friendly to install. Tiles can crack and chip and be costly to repair, but are more likely to last longer and be hardier. Composite decking has come a long way recently and offers a number of solutions for a range of budgets, and in some instances, are easy to replace damaged sections.
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Another aspect of wet weather and wood decking is choosing the proper deck stain, with regular applications later in the year for deck restore projects when the rain isn’t quite so persistent. A big part of your choice in deck stain is going to be which species of wood you’ve actually got. Talk to your local deck stain retailer about your options, especially when it comes to high moisture environments, and how your choices will perform long-term.
If your furniture is covered all the time, you don’t need to worry much about what you choose for seating and table options on your deck. One thing you want to ensure is that your fabrics are mildew-resistant or even water-resistant/proof.
Lesser wicker can be affected in damp climates in ways that can shorten its lifespan, but again, that’s less of a concern if you’ve got it in a nicely covered area or you’ve bought well-sealed wicker. It’s such a timeless choice for outdoor areas that it’s hard to dismiss it as an option, I think. Metal and wood furniture are other options that all work. It really is just the fabric you should ensure can handle damp climates, and that’ll save you money and grief down the line.
Lighting and warmth
What’s a rainy night without a light to see the falling rain with, am I right? I love the idea of in-the-ground pot lights shining up to illuminate the rainfall. Consider other light choices that are easy to adjust wherever you are.
If you see yourself sitting on your covered rainy deck reading on mild nights, then think about having a weather-proof trunk to store nice blankets without fear of spiders or mildew getting inside. Have outdoor lighting you can easily turn on at arm’s length for reading. Don’t forget a chair-side table for setting down your tea while you stare wistfully into the rain, lost in thought.
More time, more value
There’s a lot to love about an outdoor area that can be a port in a spring storm. Life shouldn’t be lived only on sunny days. Make yourself a rainy day music playlist with some Miles Davis or ethereal tunes and embrace the catharsis that is a spring or summer rainy day. Your soul will thank you, and so will your future resale value.
Your deck ideas for wet seasons and climates
Do you live in a wet region, or experience a big rainy season? What is your outdoor space like in the light of this? What kinds of deck maintenance are you faced with? What are some deck ideas of your own you’d like to share with readers?
Tell us your stories and give us your tips in the comments section.