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Optimizing Your Deck for Year-Round Use

Deck Railings, Glass Railings | September 23, 2021

While most outdoor decks are popular destinations during spring and summer, they are often not as commonly used during fall and winter. Colder weather, rain, and snow can make your deck uncomfortable, significantly reducing the amount of time you can spend on it throughout the year. As leading providers of aluminum railing systems, glass wind walls, and other deck railing solutions, the team at Vista Railing Systems understands how the right products can maximize comfort and enjoyment. That is why we have provided some tips for optimizing your deck for year-round use to maximize the amount of time you and your family can spend on it.

Learn about some of the benefits of glass railing systems and how they are suitable for all types of weather.

3 Ways to Make Your Deck Comfortable All Year

To keep your outdoor deck comfortable during the cold winter months, consider the following tips:

1. Use the Right Railing Products

The right railing systems can maximize comfort without compromising visibility or safety. For example, a glass wind wall or frameless glass railing system can block strong winds without obstructing your view. This can help to keep warm air contained within your deck while minimizing the amount of cold wind that gets in. Alternatively, if you live in an area that is warm all year, consider using an aluminum picket railing or cable railing system to allow for maximum ventilation.

2. Create Warmth

During winter, it is a good idea to add a source of heat such as an outdoor heater or fire pit. Umbrellas or other forms of cover can also be installed to keep rain, snow, and hail off of your deck, maximizing comfort regardless of the weather. The right combination of heaters, railing systems, and covers can make your deck a contained space that is unaffected by seasonal weather.

3. Maximize Light and Visibility

During winter, night falls quickly and greatly reduces the amount of daylight you have to work with. This makes lighting systems a crucial component of your deck. String lights, ambient lighting, and other modern lighting systems are a great choice for optimizing visibility at night without being overly bright or warm. The right railing systems can also maximize the amount of natural light that gets through to your deck during the day, so it is important to consider which option is best for your needs.

To learn more about how to optimize your deck for year-round use or to learn about our deck railing products, get in touch with the team at Vista Railing Systems. We can be reached by call or text at 1-800-667-8247 and will work with you to determine the perfect solution for your needs.