A deck can really transform your patio or outdoor space into an all-family hang out, the neighborhood cook out spot and a place to create life long memories. And picking the right décor lends a helping hand to all of that. However, many deck owners overlook whether or not the furniture and décor they choose will scratch their deck’s surface. All it takes is one sudden chair movement or an unpadded patio table to create a hefty scratch in that beautiful new deck.Protect your investment from scratches by just taking a few precautionary measures.
North American Deck and Patio recommends and offers high quality decking that features scratch-resistant surface technology with a solid core, but no matter which material you choose, it is still possible to scratch a deck when enough friction and pressure are applied. However, a few simple considerations can help ensure that your furniture and actions won’t impact your deck’s surface.
Similar to how you would protect your interior hardwood flooring, one of the most common ways to protect your deck from furniture scratches is to use furniture pads, also known as glides. Some furniture will already have a form of nylon protection attached during manufacturing, while other furniture will need to have nylon glides attached after purchase. Rubber pads are not recommended since rubber can discolor PVC decking. Glides can be found either online or at a hardware store. Some simply fit over the existing feet of your furniture, while others are attached by tapping the foot glide into the leg tubing at the bottom of the leg with a hammer.
Take a look at the base of your patio table. Is there anything in between the hard plastic or the metal and your deck? If the is not, you should absolutely add some protective padding or lay down a fun outdoor carpet that compliments your home and your style. You don’t want to start entertaining guests and realize after someone has moved a chair that your deck can scratch, those friends and family will feel awful and you’ll be left to repair the damages.
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