Survey Uncovers What Deck Owners Pine For

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Survey by Thompson's Water Seal shows that many homeowners would like to start from scratch to design better decks.

The 2012 Deck Of Your Dreams Sweepstakes winners built a new deck three times larger than the original deck.

A Facebook survey found that 47 percent of respondents would like to tear out their decks and build bigger and better.

With deck season drawing to a close in many parts of the country, what changes are popular with homeowners for 2013? A Facebook survey with 2,000 respondents found that the number one answer, at 47%, 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. Forty-three percent of respondents would like to add lighting. Improving the landscaping and adding built-ins, like benches and storage, tied at 41% each. Rounding out the top five improvements, at 40%, was the choice to enlarge an existing deck.

Outdoor kitchens have been a popular project, but only 28% 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%), change to composite or exotic wood (29%), repair damaged wood (25%), change the color (24%) and add a water feature.

The Thompson’s Water Seal brand ( is offering a chance to win $15,000 toward a dream deck, but that dream is also close to ending. The Deck Of Your Dreams Sweepstakes ends Saturday, October 6. The winner will receive $10,000 to build or renovate a deck, plus Plow & Hearth ( will provide a $5,000 shopping spree of its products to pick the perfect “deck-cessories.” Additionally, the winner will receive expert guidance from HGTV star Jeff Wilson throughout the design and building process, including an in-person visit to the winner’s home.

Entries to the 2012 Deck of Your Dreams Sweepstakes can be submitted at the company’s web site ( until 11:59 p.m. Saturday night.

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