Ways to Block Wind On Your Deck


When designing your deck, it’s important to consider the climate you live in and what you’ll use the deck for. A wind block is a must-have if you live in a windy area! A wall will provide shelter from the wind and make it much more comfortable to spend time on your deck.

4 Benefits for a Wind Blocker on Your Deck

1. Shelter

Having an outdoor wind barrier is not only beneficial for blocking the wind but it may also be used as a privacy fence to block UV radiation and give shade from the sun.

2. Decoration

A wind barrier can also be used as a deck decoration. Adding some plants or flowers to the top of the wind barrier can add some colour and life to the space, but it can also help block the wind. This can be a great way to add some privacy to your deck while also keeping it looking stylish and well-maintained.

3. Privacy

Adding a wind blocker to your deck can create privacy and protection from unwanted guests and animals from entering without your permission. By installing a wind blocker on your deck, you can keep yourself and your family feeling safe and hidden from the business around you.

4. Noise

A wind blocker is a fantastic way to drown out the noise from your neighbours. By creating a sound barrier between you and them, you can enjoy some peace and quiet on your deck or backyard.

How Big Does a Wind Block Need to Be?

To be effective, a wind block does not have to be massive.

In most cases, a 6′ wall will suffice. Plus, larger walls on a deck will not be permitted in many communities. In Calgary, where I build decks, the maximum height is 6’6″ from the deck.

“For instance, when the wind is blowing at 10 mph, a 6-foot-high porous fence will reduce that velocity to a minimum 10 feet downwind from the fence. When the wind is 20 mph, the minimum velocity point will be 65 feet from the fence; and at 30 mph, the area protected is about 90 feet downwind.”

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Sheltering without overwhelming the deck area. For larger decks, multiple windbreaks may be required.

A wall is not the only way to prevent wind from affecting your deck. Below are a few ideas to help block the wind on your deck.

Outdoor Wind Blocking Shades

There are a few different types of shades that can be used to block the wind on a patio. Solid, sheer, and woven fabrics are all great choices for adding some style to your patio while also blocking the wind. Additionally, many shades come with tie-downs to keep them from blowing away in the wind. This can also help to prevent light rain or snow from getting in.

Deck Blinds or Roll Down Wind Protection

Window shades, also called roller awnings, can be hung from simple hardware which can be taken down when they’re not in use. They do require a deck roof or pergola rafter to hang from.

Shades can also be installed as roll-down wind protection. When the winds are calm, it’s a convenient option to raise the shades but lower them if the breeze picks up

Simple by pulleys, or the panels can be fitted with electric controls.

They can provide a partial or full block to the wind with many different materials options. Made with ties and hooks at the bottom, helping anchor them down, reducing flapping in the wind.

Clear Vinyl Curtains

Clear vinyl curtains are a great way to provide some extra privacy while still letting in natural light and air. They’re perfect for a deck with outdoor seating since you can keep them open to let in the breeze and natural light but still have a little bit of privacy. They come in various sizes, so you can find the perfect one for your space.

They are often treated with an anti-microbial coating, which helps to protect against bacteria and other contaminants. Clear vinyl curtains can be purchased in 20 mil or 30 mil thicknesses, depending on your needs. A thicker curtain is generally more resistant to cracking in cold weather.

Plexiglass & Glass Wind Barriers

A great option if you want to enjoy the view while still keeping the wind at bay.

If the deck is facing a park or golf course, it’s important to choose a windbreak that blocks wind but doesn’t obstruct the view.

Clear glass or plexiglass panels will block the wind but not the view. Allowing you to enjoy being outdoors without being blown off the deck.

Deck Wind Screen

There are many benefits to installing a deck windscreen. Not only does it protect you from the wind, but it can also provide privacy if you choose the right type of screening. Deck windscreens are also one of the most affordable deck wind blocks. Making them a great option for anyone looking to add some protection from the elements without spending a lot of money.

Natural Wind Blockers

There are a lot of great ways to block the wind from coming into your home. One way to do this is by using natural wind blockers. These are things like trees and shrubs that can help to block the wind from coming into your home.

Shrubs

Shrubs work as a natural buffer to protect a deck from the wind. Choosing evergreen shrubsOpens in a new tab. means they keep their foliage throughout the year. Adding life and beauty to your deck and yard throughout the year

But be warned it is important to provide regular upkeep to the shrubs, like watering and pruning. Neglected, they will become an eyesore. Destroying the tranquillity of your deck.

Trees

Depending on your space, you can plant numerous rows of trees like pines, whispering flame, spruce, or conifers based on your taste and preferences.

These trees can be planted a few meters away from your shrubs to maintain a design and act as barriers or shield from an incoming gust of wind.

Planting trees require patience as they will take time to grow and mature. But it has many advantages over any other.

They will be your long-term solution, always calming down your outdoor space and providing shades on those hot summer days.

There are many advantages to planting trees, the most important of which is that they provide a long-term solution to many outdoor spaces. With continued wind blocking. But they also have a calming effect on your deck

Additionally, trees provide shade and comfort on hot summer days, making them a valuable addition to any landscape.

Unlike shrubs, trees have little to no maintenance at all. But you have to be ready to do the clean-up when they shade their leaves, especially in autumn.

Trellises

The trellis is a great way to block the wind and add some extra privacy to your deck. Not only does it look nice, but it’s also very low-maintenance. All you need to do is plant some ivy vines, and they will grow naturally through the trellis. This is a great option if you want to add some extra privacy without doing too much work.

Personally, I am old school and love to incorporate a trellis with a deck pergola. A traditional Mediterranean look, blocking both sun and wind from the deck. Increasing deck comfort.

Wind Breaker Privacy Screen

If you’re looking for a way to improve your outdoor living space, consider a retractable screen. Retractable screens are perfect for blocking the sun and wind while also offering privacy. They are easy to open and close with a handle, making them a great temporary wall solution.

When not needed, they can be retracted and tucked out of the way.

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Artificial Hedge Walls

The artificial hedge walls are great for creating a decorative border around your patio. They are made from high quality, durable material, and the foliage is eco-friendly and easy to maintain. These decorative border pieces provide full coverage of the supporting frame and are attached to the railing or wall on your deck.

Conclusion of Wind Blockers on a Deck

When dealing with windy decks, there are many solutions that you can choose from.

The best thing to do is to assess your specific setting and environment because it will never be the same as someone else’s.

Whatever you choose, I hope it makes your deck a more comfortable place to unwind and enjoy being home.

Enjoy your Deck.

Ryan Nickel

A Red Seal carpenter, passionate about building decks to be enjoyed.

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