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7 Best Deck Ideas for Dog Owners

Discover the top ways to pet-proof your outdoor space.

September 05, 2023

Just like their human owners, dogs adore the great outdoors. But between games of fetch and frisbee fun, potential dangers could be lingering on and around your deck.

In an effort to keep everyone’s favourite furry friends safe, we’ve rounded up seven must-have features every dog owner should consider to create the perfect pet-friendly outdoor space.

#1: Add Security with a Deck Gate

An unsecured deck can be dangerous for pets. Adding a gate creates a protective barrier, preventing curious pets from wandering off or encountering potential dangers. It also establishes clear boundaries, allowing you to manage their play area effectively. 

Trex®'s aluminium gates feature durable construction, versatile sizing options, and an array of colours to complement any deck style.

#2: Protect Paws with Composite Decking

Traditional timber decks are prone to splinter, leading to painful paw injuries. Over time, timber decking can also rot and warp, creating an unstable walking surface for pets. Durable Trex's composite deck boards, made from 95% recycled sawdust and plastic film, resist scratches and remain splinter-free, so you can depend on a secure and comfortable environment for your four-legged pals.

#3: Banish Stains for Good

Maintaining a deck with pets, especially during house training time, can be a real challenge. Spills, muddy paw prints, and the occasional accident can take a toll on a traditional timberen deck.

Enter Trex's revolutionary decking materials, engineered with both pets and owners in mind. Stains and odours can be easily removed with soap and water, giving you more time to enjoy the company of your furry friends and less time fretting over cleaning duties.

#4: Enhance Safety with Lattice

Without proper lattice or barriers around your deck, pets can easily find their way underneath, leading to potential injuries or entanglement. Additionally, the absence of lattice can attract unwanted wildlife, posing further risks to your canine companions. 

Trex's lattice collection offers a reliable solution, restricting access to the underside of the deck, keeping pets safe and unwanted guests out. Trex lattice also blends seamlessly with your deck design and adds a touch of charm.

#5: Beat the Heat with Lineage Decking

During scorching summers, hot outdoor surfaces can become uncomfortable and even hazardous for pets. Unprotected paws can suffer from burns and painful blisters even with minimal exposure to all sorts of materials, such as concrete, sand, timber and composites.

A cool solution to this problem is Trex's Lineage™ decking. Designed with cutting-edge heat mitigation features*, Lineage decking ensures a cooler experience for your deck so your pets can play and lounge more comfortably.

#6: Ensure Safety with Hidden Fasteners

As the name suggests, hidden fasteners are installed underneath the deck boards, keeping them out of sight. With no visible hardware, your deck boasts a sleek, polished appearance that can greatly improve aesthetics.  

But hidden fasteners also prioritise safety for your pets. Trex's hidden fastening systems eliminate the risk of sharp nails or screws protruding from the deck, preventing potential paw injuries and painful snags.

#7: Relax Under the Shade of a Pergola

Heatstroke, dehydration, and sunburn are all serious risks for dogs on hot and sunny days. To safeguard your furry friends, offering ample shade outdoors is crucial. 

Trex Pergola™ options serve as a stylish and practical solution to create shaded areas on your deck. These pergolas enhance the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space and prioritise your pets' comfort and well-being, ensuring they enjoy the outdoors safely.

Bonus Tip: Establish Boundaries and Privacy with Fencing

Extend peace of mind past your deck and to every corner of your yard by considering the addition of pet-friendly Trex fencing. Your four-legged friend deserves an expansive yet safe and secure space to explore, and Trex's durable fencing options offer just that. 

While the fencing safeguards your pet, it also enhances your outdoor space's look. And with minimal maintenance required, you can enjoy more quality time with your pet and less time worrying about upkeep.

Design the Paw-fect Deck with Trex!

With Trex, creating a pet-friendly deck is a breeze. From gates and lattice to scratch-resistant decking and pergolas, Trex has you covered. With Trex's commitment to safety, you can relax and enjoy more time in your outdoor space, knowing your beloved pets are safe and secure.

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