April 11, 2012 8:18 am
More than 2,000 people responded to the query, "What would you do if you won $15,000 to spend on your deck?" Facebook fans were asked to rate how strongly they felt about 11 different options, with one being the least interested and 10 being the most interested. The number one answer, with 47 percent of respondents rating it a 10, was to tear out the current deck and start over.
The survey found that alterations that improve both beauty and functionality were the most popular choices. Next in line, chosen by 43 percent of respondents, was to add lighting. Improving the landscaping and adding built-ins, like benches and storage, tied at 41 percent each. Rounding out the top five improvements, at 40 percent, was the choice to enlarge an existing deck.
Outdoor kitchens have been a popular project, but only 28 percent of those taking the survey would spend their dollars here – possibly underscoring a shift toward practicality over luxury. Other possible ways to spend the windfall were to get new furniture (34 percent), change to composite or exotic wood (29 percent), repair damaged wood (25 percent), change the color (24 percent) and add a water feature.
The last question asked participants to list anything else they'd add to the deck of their dreams. While many named hot tubs or fire pits, others asked for shade and enclosures, reinforcing the finding that homeowners want their decks to be a comfortable outdoor living space that can be used as often as possible. Many people stated simply that having a place for friends and family to gather would be enough.
Enter Thompsons “Deck of Your Dreams” Sweepstakes at the company's website (www.thompsonswaterseal.com), running now through October.
Published with permission from RISMedia.