One of the best things about having an outdoor deck is that there are so many ways to use it. From inviting over friends and family to simply kicking back and relaxing, your outdoor deck offers limitless possibilities. A perfect way to easily use your deck on a day to day basis is by having family meals outdoors. Sharing meals together can strengthen family bonds, improve interpersonal and communication skills as well as encouraging a healthy relationship with food. Simply by bringing the meal outside is another great way to enjoy the weather and get outdoors while taking advantage of your deck. When you want to invite friends and family over, a BBQ is a classic and fun event that all can enjoy. There’s nothing quite like a BBQ when the sun is shining and the sky is blue. If your deck already has outdoor seating then you're ready to host, if not, you can always add folding chairs to accommodate more people as well as adding outdoor tables to place the food and for guests to eat at. Consider adding tablecloths, place settings and even add outdoor lighting such as string lights for when the sun goes down. After all the hosting you’ll be doing on your deck, it’s always nice to slow things down and relax. Your deck can be a perfect place for this. All you need is a comfy chair and maybe a good book and you’re ready to relax. Also consider adding a soft throw blanket to curl up with or a side table so you can place your coffee, tea or other beverage on. If you add shrubs, flowers or other greenery to your deck, it can help add to the relaxing environment. With so many different ways to use your deck, it’s also important that you keep your deck waterproofed so that you can continue hosting events and get the full use of your deck. Regular maintenance is the key to your deck’s long life and it’s important to get your deck waterproofed every couple of years to ensure you can use your deck for years to come.