In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked into some of the simple ways to prepare your deck for the hot Utah summer that’s on its way. From inspecting and cleaning the deck to potentially adding sealant or paint, there are a few ways to ensure your surface will be protected against everything from temperature to elements.
At Crown Finish, we’re proud to offer a number of custom deck services, including deck installations and maintenance for any needs you have here. In today’s part two of our series, as we get even closer to the hottest part of the year, we’ll focus on a related element: How to keep your deck cool throughout the summer, both for materials protection and to ensure you or anyone else in your home doesn’t get burned while walking on it. Here are a few basic tips for how to accomplish this.
Use of Rugs or Other Covers
For decks that are exposed to long periods of direct sunlight, one of the simplest ways to protect the surface is to use rugs or other types of covers. This can help to provide some insulation against heat, as well as absorb any UV rays that would otherwise be harmful to the materials.
Not only will this keep your deck cooler, it will also help it last longer by protecting it from potential fading or other damage that can come from too much exposure. Just be sure to choose materials that are durable and won’t trap moisture, which could lead to mold or mildew growth.
Paint a Lighter Color
If painting is part of your deck’s regular maintenance anyway, you may want to consider a lighter color for the upcoming summer months. This can help to reflect some of the heat away from the surface, as opposed to darker colors that tend to absorb it.
You’ll still want to be sure the paint is rated for outdoor use and can withstand any weather or temperature changes, but this can be a easy way to help keep your deck cooler in the heat.
Add Some Shade
If possible, one of the best things you can do to keep your deck cool is to add some shade. This can be done with anything from an umbrella or awning to larger structures like pergolas or gazebos.
Not only will this provide some protection from the sun, it can also help to create a more comfortable space to relax in during the hottest months. And, like with using rugs or covers, it can also help your deck to last longer by preventing fading and other damage.
These are just a few of the ways you can keep your deck cool this summer. For more tips or assistance with any of your deck needs, be sure to contact Crown Finish today.