Most people buy homes that already have a deck installed, probably many years ago. It’s no surprise that those decks usually feel out of place with modern furniture on them. Even if you installed the deck yourself, it doesn’t take long for a deck to feel dated.
The good news is that you don’t have to start from scratch if you want to modernize your old deck. A few new features and and additional structures can go a very long way. Here are four easy ways to modernize your deck.
1. Refinish and Lighten
The decks of decades past were stained or painted very dark. Unfortunately, dark decks with thick finishes are more obviously affected by the passage of time, through sun staining and chipping. So one sure-fire way to modernize the wood is to strip the old finish and add a newer, lighter one.
Start by power-washing the old finish off and then resealing the wood with a natural wash in a brighter tone. If the wood itself is quite dark, you can use a deck brightener to adjust the color. Once you’ve used the brightener, you’ll need to rinse the wood off and add a stain.
2. Install Wiring for Modern Features
Decks that were installed years ago, or by DIYers, rarely have the electrical wiring to support the modern features you crave when you’re entertaining outdoors. Work with an electrician to get more outlets outside, or to install these embellishments:
- Sound system: Portable Bluetooth speakers are great, but recessed surround sound speakers that connect wirelessly and never need to be charged are better.
- LED lighting: With LED lighting, keeping the party going all night isn’t expensive or a huge waste of electricity. Plus, lighting increases safety on your deck.
- Charging stations: You and your guests may not want to go inside to charge your phones or to connect other electrical devices.