One of the best things about a screened in deck is it can be heated. In fact, your deck could be heated quite easily allowing you to enjoy your outdoor living space during the colder months of the year.
Heating Your Enclosed Deck
These are becoming increasing popular as more and more people look for ways to maximize the amount of use they get out of their outdoor living space. Portable heating units are great, but if your deck isn’t properly enclosed, the heat will escape the area quickly and you won’t feel continuous warmth.
When heating your enclosed deck, you should consider the amount of space you’d like to heat, the efficiency of the heating system you choose, and any safety hazards which might accompany heating your deck. We took these factors into consideration and found four of the best options for heating your deck this winter:
Freestanding Heat Lamps
Heating lamps that are freestanding generate heat either with electricity, natural gas, or propane. They are not the most efficient option, but they are good for heating small decks, are portable, and don’t take up too much space.
Wall or Ceiling-Mounted Heaters
These heaters are one of the safest options available for enclosed deck heating and are perfect for decks lacking in available floor-space. Installing heating units on the walls or ceiling reduces the risk of small children or pets knocking them over or burning themselves (so long as they are properly guarded). The radiant heat these units give off is abundant and will heat large enclosed decks well.
Though they have a lower heat output than other options, tabletop heaters are great for small spaces where guests are seated closely when your deck is occupied. They are perfect for decks primarily used for intimate gatherings or family meals.
Gas Fire Bowls & Pits
Wood fire pits are not recommended for enclosed decks, as the flames and smoke need plenty of space and oxygen to burn and disperse. Luckily there are gas-fired options available that are both efficient and safe for your enclosed deck. The flame is typically lit atop glass pieces or volcanic rock. These fire bowls and pits can also be used as decorative pieces or focal points for your deck, as they come in different shapes, sizes, and colors.
North American Deck and Patio LLC is a Maryland deck construction company specializing in the designing and building of custom decks, patios, porches, and more. Contact us today for a free consultation on your next decking project.