Install a roof under the deck
If you have untapped space under your deck, you may be able to convert it into a dry, spacious second outdoor living area by building an under-deck roof. The roof catches any water dripping through the deck boards and redirects it outside the patio area. Adding gutters, though optional, prevents the draining water from splashing onto the patio.
Restore your deck
After a few years, your deck is sure to show some wear and tear and make you feel like you have an ugly deck. Don’t rush to replace boards that are otherwise in good condition. With a deck restoration coating and just a few days in the sunshine, your deck will look as good as new.
Moveable deck umbrellas
Does your deck umbrella always seem to be in the wrong spot to shade you from the sun? Mount several sets of galvanised plumbing pipe straps on the deck posts or railing in key places. Use straps with a slightly wider diameter than the umbrella pole. Then just pick a spot and slip the umbrella pole through the straps until the bottom of the pole rests on the deck. You’ll get shade right where you need it.