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Want your home to really make an impression? With a few simple and affordable improvements, you can give a lackluster deck or a shabby exterior a punch that will knock the neighbors’ socks off! As a bonus, these projects also add value that will deliver a handsome return when you decide to sell the house.


  • Stain it. No amount of decorative touches can hide a dirty deck in disrepair. Take the time to test the wood, make repairs, apply deck cleaner, and stain or seal boards to maintain a deck’s beauty and extend its life.
  • Add planters. Rather than allowing patio furniture to dominate your deck, add some large planters in various shapes and sizes. They are an easy way to add style, color and personality, and can be used to create a more defined outdoor entertaining area. Tall ornamental grasses act as living privacy screens. Low planter boxes around the edge of the deck still add oomph while permitting a view into the backyard.
  • Install a retractable awning. A retractable awning offers protection from the sun and keeps the interior of your home cooler. With awnings installed over your deck or porch, you can enjoy these outdoor spaces any time of day. SunShade retractable awnings by Gutter Helmet® feature 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabrics specifically designed for outdoor use. Choose from hundreds of solid and striped fabric options.
  • Go with gutter protection. Avoid the mess that clogged, overflowing gutters can leave on your deck by installing Gutter Helmet® gutter guards. Leaves, twigs and debris can’t get through Gutter Helmet®, so water flows smoothly through gutters and downspouts.
  • Upgrade railings. An updated deck railing is a cost-effective way to make an eye-catching statement. Remember that your railing doesn’t have to match the deck material; a blend of aluminum and composite can be used to create a unique deck design that will not rot or corrode. Stone postcovers fit over standard wood deck posts, and provide the look of authentic stone.

Explore these ideas today to create a deck you’ll enjoy for many seasons to come!