Having An Enclosed Deck Built? Keep It Protected In Style With These Décor Ideas

Having new enclosed decks built is a great way to extend your living space that can be used as a porch or a sunroom, creating a comfortable outdoor experience. To keep your new enclosed deck looking fresh and new throughout the years, it’s a good idea to decorate your outdoor space protection from the outdoor elements in mind. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

Paint the Surface

Painting your new deck not only provides an effective seal against moisture buildup and a solid barrier from sun damage, but it can positively affect your mood while you spend time in the space. Here are some awesome options to consider:

  • Use red to raise energy levels.
  • Encourage happiness with hues of yellow.
  • Bring down your blood pressure with shades of blue.
  • Incorporate purple to add a touch of elegance.

Use two coats of paint on your deck and finish things off with a clear sealant to make it shine and to keep the paint from chipping when it is walked on. If your enclosed deck will not be insulated, it’s a good idea to use paint that is designed specifically for outdoor use as it can handle the outdoor elements better than the kind you’d use for interior walls.

Incorporate Throw Rugs

A fun way to protect your new decking and to add some flair to your space is to incorporate throw rugs. They’ll insulate the floor and keep the space warmer, making it easy to spend time there during morning and evening hours when it tends to be cold outside.

Look for a high stitch count for optimal insulation and deck protection – a thin rug with a high stitch count will perform better than a thick one with a smaller stitch count. Wool rugs offer excellent insulation protection, but they do require cleaning on a regular basis to maintain a fresh look. Other viable options that don’t require a lot of care and maintenance include acrylic, nylon, and cotton.

You can use one big rug to cover the majority of your deck, but you won’t see much of the deck once it’s in place. If you want to show off your deck, use a series of small throw rugs in front of seating and in the middle of the space so some of the decking is visible throughout.

Hang Some Shades

Installing honeycomb shades in front of windows or screens in your enclosed deck provides protection for your floor throughout the year and for yourself while you spend time in the space during daylight hours. New honeycomb shades keep UV rays from penetrating your skin, your furniture, and the decking. They also help to keep moisture out of the space and from building up on your floors.

And you can even count on your honeycomb shades to reduce noise penetration from outside areas of your space. Choose light colored shades so that sunlight can still filter through them when they’re closed. This will eliminate the need for using electrical lighting during the day, which can save you some money on your monthly energy bills.

Plant a Couple Trees

Planting a couple deciduous trees around the exterior of your enclosed deck space will keep it cool during the summer and warm during the winter. They also add charm and incorporate natural elements into the space. Not to mention, planting trees in your yard may very well increase your property value by up to 20 percent. Plant them along the sides of the deck that get direct sunlight during the day, making sure to place them far enough away that if a branch falls off, it won’t hit the roof.

Just one or two of these options will help to keep your deck in tip-top condition throughout the years so you don’t end up having to deal with chipping, rotting, and sun damage.

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All About Geothermal Energy

When it comes to renewable energy, many people think that the term relates to wind farms and tidal barrages alone. However, one of Canada’s most potent sources of renewable energy is actually right under your feet! Geothermal energy involves harnessing the Earth’s massive amount of heat energy, and turning it into power that can fuel your homes. If you’re guilty of dismissing geothermal energy, read below to find out what it’s all about! 

Methods Of Extracting Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy can be divided into two different types based on extraction method.

Geothermal Power For Direct Heat

Geothermal energy for direct heat use comes directly from hot water aquifers – collections of rock strata that contain high temperature water at significant depths. The heat from this water is ideal for use in local heat networks, and the water can even be cooled for further use through absorption chillers. Over time, the water stored in these hot aquifers will replenish, meaning the extraction and supply of this energy source is 100% renewable.

Deep Geothermal Energy

Deep geothermal energy differs from the direct heat source above as it does not make use of pre-existing water for heat energy. Rather, cold water is pumped deep into the rock strata from a borehole and is then heated up as it moves through the igneous rock layer. This hot water is then redirected to the surface through another borehole and can then be used for heat extraction or driving a production turbine.

One of the main advantages of deep geothermal energy lies in its continuous potential. With direct heat, the water must replenish fully before production can begin again; however, deep geothermal energy uses manmade pumps to drive the water into the rock, meaning it can be used continuously. This offers energy producers the unrivalled potential of a solid baseline energy, which can then be “topped up” by direct heat sources.

Advantages Of Geothermal Energy

In addition to its continuous potential, geothermal energy offers a number of advantages when compared to its competitors:

It’s Great For The Environment

As with all renewables, geothermal energy does not use fossil fuels to make power. In addition to this, geothermal plants are mostly emission-free, and they do not spoil the landscape like wind farms might.

It’s Extremely Reliable

As mentioned above, deep geothermal energy has the potential to generate a constant base load of power. This potential isn’t dependent on environmental factors like solar and wind energy is – it is readily available all year round. As such, geothermal energy can be used to give a reliable energy output as part of an energy mix.

It Doesn’t Require Regular Maintenance

Some renewable energy sources such as tidal and wave power require regular inspection and maintenance to ensure the equipment is generating electricity at an acceptable efficiency. This is because these sources of energy make us of many moving parts that rotate in response to the external environment. However, geothermal plants have very few moving parts, and these parts are typically offered good protection against extreme weather. As such, plants can generate continuous energy without the need for regular checks and repairs.

Disadvantages

As with any energy source, geothermal power has a few drawbacks that may cause concern to production companies:

High Investment And Planning Costs

The main issue with geothermal energy is that it requires a large amount of land from which to draw heat. Not all land is suitable for this purpose, and energy companies may find it difficult to obtain planning permission for some sites.

Significant Amount Of Research Required

From the sites that are suitable for geothermal energy extraction, not all will generate enough electricity to render it sustainable. There is a large amount of research and testing that is required prior to installation to ensure that the geothermal plant will be profitable for years to come. As such, the research and development stage can take a significant amount of time, which can be a turn off to some companies. 

Despite these drawbacks, energy companies would be making a very bad decision to dismiss one of Earth’s most potent resources. If a good planning strategy is adopted, and companies are willing to invest in the installation of this technology, it can be an extremely lucrative source of energy for many years to come. 

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Nearly two years ago, I began working at home. Like me, many people are choosing to end long daily commutes in favor of working in the comfort of their own homes. However, this decision sometimes causes problems. For instance, some houses don’t contain a separate home office. Therefore, you might need to spread your laptop and other work items out on a kitchen island, a dining room table, or a couch. If you’re struggling to make a new telecommuting career work, consider hiring a general contractor to build a home office addition for you. On this blog, you will discover how to choose the dimensions of a home office addition.

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