Tips for High-Tech Vinyl Patios and Decks
Remember back when the height of luxury on vinyl patios and decks was a couple of lawn chairs, and maybe an umbrella. No longer. As people spend more and more time enjoying their homes, vinyl decks and patios are stepping up their game to become another “room” in the house to enjoy. So how do you go “high-tech” on vinyl patios and decks? Tuff Industries has scoured the net for the top tips:
Tip #1: Relaxation or Entertainment on Vinyl Patios and Decks?
How you want to use the space is the first decision to make before upgrading vinyl patios and decks. If you’re aiming for relaxation, you’ll have a different set of choices before you, while entertainment will take you down another road. Here are some ideas:
Relaxation vs. Entertainment
Firepit Sound System
Privacy Screens Television
Paper Lanterns Disco Lights
Outdoor Couch Floor Area (for dancing)
Water Feature Movie Screen/Projector
Outdoor Kitchen/Grill Game Table
Tip #2: Make it Comfortable
Once you decide on how your potentially going to use the space on vinyl decks and patios, it’s time to invest in high-quality furnishings so you’re comfortable. While the folding chairs might have worked for an hour or two of sitting outdoors, if you’re going to spend long hours conversing or watching movies on your deck you’re going to want to get something that offers support and comfort – whether it’s reclining chairs or an outdoor couch.
Tip #3: Invest in Hardy Goods
You can’t just stick any television outdoors, particularly if you live in a climate that has hot summers/cold winters. Make sure all the products you buy are rated for the climate in which you life, and that they are installed correctly so they will last for the long term.
Tip #4: Consider Neighbors
Unless you’re on an acreage and can’t see the house next door, you might have to make a few concessions to ensure you don’t earn your neighbors ire. The first step to your high-tech patio or deck is to decide where you’re going to place entertainment systems, and then aim to ensure that the sound/light won’t affect your neighbors. This might include building a sidewall between your deck and next door, installing personalized speakers, or investing in some bamboo or cedar hedges to increase privacy.
Tip #5: Cover your Vinyl Patio?
Depending on where you live, you might want to consider covering your patio or deck – so you can use the area on days when inclement weather threatens. As a side bonus, for televisions and sound systems, a covered patio should help to protect and extend the lifespan.
Tip #6: Multi-Functional Sound
Even if you’re not considering an outdoor movie theater, you can invest in great sound for vinyl patios and decks. Most wireless systems are convenient and easy to install, but will only provide sound from a single source. A wired system can give you a better sound experienced, and can be paired with a Bluetooth receiver so you can listen to music from the family’s Smartphones. If your deck or yard area features a hot tub or pool, make sure that you consider whether you want the sound extended to those areas, before you buy.
Tip #7: Make it a Staycation Paradise
The concept of a “staycation” has been around a while, but in the past few years, it’s become more and more popular. Rather than spending thousands of dollars on a week of relaxation, invest in your vinyl patio or deck and reap the benefits all year long.
Talk to a professional decking contractor to ensure that your quest to turn your vinyl patio or deck into a high-tech paradise turns out perfect!