Combat Hot Summer Days with These Cool Deck Solutions

by | May 5, 2021 | Blog

As the weather warms up, we’re all wanting to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. However, sometimes the sun can become too powerful. However, there are a few simple things you can do to keep you and your guests cool and comfortable all summer long. Read on to discover a few solutions to keep your outdoor oasis manageable on the hottest days.

Consider the Type of Flooring

Traditional wood absorbs a lot of heat. Consider a composite wood floor that will give you the same look, but won’t absorb as much heat. Additionally, Look for types of flooring like that have a high heat conductivity. This means they will transfer heat quickly and feel cooler to the touch. For options other than wood, consider travertine tile or slate. These materials have a high heat conductivity and won’t burn your feet. Additionally, there are many options available and you can easily add some style and personal flair to your outdoor space.

Go Green with Shade

Natural shade options provide several benefits. Planting a tree or two is not only great for the environment, it’s an option that provides style to your yard. Planting large, shady trees can also increase your home’s value. While trees may take a few years to mature, other options like vines and ivy on trellis and other structures mature more quickly. These options are a little more versatile and are still great for the environment.

Consider Color

Darker colors absorb light and can be hotter to the touch. Consider switching dark-colored patio cushions and chairs to lighter options that reflect light. This is not only helpful for furniture, but for deck structure. Lighter colors of composite wood are a good option if you’d still like a wood look instead of tile or another material.

Shade Structures

A simple patio umbrella provides a lot of shade and is a good option if you’re looking for something that’s portable. Umbrellas can be carried from one area to another, giving you maximum options for shade. They’re very cost effective for small areas, but for larger areas and more shade, consider a pergola or gazebo. There are several kits for these types of structures available online or at big-box stores.

If you find yourself cooling down this summer with a sprinkler in the yard or water balloon fight, you’ll want to provide your deck and patio steps with ultimate traction and visibility, and that’s where you can trust the products at Traxion. We have the world’s first and only step treads for all weather conditions. Shop online today or contact us if you have questions. We are standing by and ready to help.