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Ideas To Help You Winter-Proof Your Deck or Porch

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

It may not get Super Cold in Wilmington, Nc, but Enough to Affect Your Deck

Relaxing outdoors on your porch, breathing in the fresh air, having peaceful moments together with loved ones. You can sit and read, chat with friends or family, or just lie there and do nothing, soaking up the warmth and smelling the fragrant flowers in your garden. And thanks to those screens around your porch, your enjoyment is never marred by bugs or bees. If only you could feel that same summery bliss in the winter.

Avocet Design Build is your North Carolina neighborhood carpentry expert. We can help with the tough decisions about how and when to winterize your deck or porch. Whether you are just trying to mitigate the weather for the season, or if you are wanting to go for a bigger outdoor build onto your existing structure, we can help. Visit our website today to find out how you can be living your best porch, patio, or deck life all year round.

Now we will look at some insights into outdoor-space winterization.

Yes, it’s true that coastal area winters bring their share of cold temperatures, wind, and rain. It’s enough to keep us indoors. But you can recapture the warmth of summer by transforming your screened porch into a winter oasis.

Exclude the Elements

It takes more than screens to keep winter weather at bay. You have options, from simple to sophisticated:

  • The easiest solution is to cover the screens with clear sheet vinyl using tape or Velcro. But you can do better, in terms of aesthetics as well as functionality.

  • Attach heavy clear vinyl to lightweight wooden frames and install them over your screens inside or out, as you would install storm windows.

  • Make screen covers from acrylic or polycarbonate sheets instead of flimsy vinyl. You’ll get better protection and your “winter porch windows” will last for years.

  • With wooden frames, you can nail the panels in place, hang them from hooks, or mount them in sliding tracks such as those used for closet doors.

If you want your porch to be air-tight, add weather-stripping around the edges of your screen covers to keep out cold drafts. Or invest in a few colorful door draft blockers. Or, you can always use the wintertime to get ready for summer with a new porch or deck.

Work from the Floor up

Comfortable insulating materials are a must from the inception of your deck or porch. If you wish it to be warm in winter strong durable materials like Trex composites are recommended. Also, a dense hardwood can sustain many years of wear and maintain durability. You can then insulate from the bottom up even further and include added comfort and warmth with rugs and carpeting.

For even greater control over your outdoor porch or deck in wintertime, you can have heated flooring installed for a warm-in-winter appeal that will really stave off the cold.

There are many different materials and textures you can choose from, and depending on your seasonal preferences you may want to go with something familiar. Besides the sun, what is the one thing everybody associates with summer? Grass! Soft, fluffy grass perfect for toe-wiggling. A grassy floor is a must-have if your newly winterized screened porch is going to exude a summery atmosphere. Of course, real grass won’t do, but a turf or faux grass installation could be just what you want. With the feel and familiarity of your fake porch lawn, you’ll want to keep it year-round. You can cover the entire surface, or make a faux grass area rug. You can even step it up a notch or two with quirkier variations on the artificial turf theme. Again, you can also use the time to add a roof and close in your existing structure.

Accessorize The Space

  • Add quilts or fleecy throws in bold, bright colors or floral prints.

  • Add cushier furniture. (Or plump up your free-standing hammock with some extra pillows and a warm throw.)

  • Add a couple of hanging ferns or pots of flowering houseplants to keep that summer porch-and-patio feeling going.

  • Most screened porches have no heat source, but no worries. You can make your space cozy, by adding a tiny mini-split wall-heater or one of the new space-saving, looks-real electric fireplaces.

  • Turn your porch into a media room, by adding a flatscreen TV and wireless receiver. (Which, by the way, you’ll continue to appreciate even when summer arrives for real.)

  • Consider adding blinds or other window coverings. They’ll make your space even warmer and cozier – and certainly more private – so you can use your porch comfortably at night, too.

The bottom line is that you can do as much or as little as you want to transform your summer porch into a multi-season room. And no matter what steps you take, you can easily retain the summery feel, even if the wind is blowing or the rain is pouring outside. There is no time to wait, visit Avocet Design Build today!


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