Tips for Winter-Proofing Your Patio
Having a patio is probably one of the best “simple luxuries” any homeowner can have. It’s perfect for relaxing with family, getting together with friends, entertaining guests, celebrating victories, and being alone with your thoughts. But since it is outside, it is susceptible to the harshest conditions, particularly in winter, with all the snow and cold temperature.
However, a change in the weather shouldn’t be a reason for you to seal off the patio and leave it unused. You can do many things to winter-proof it; you wouldn’t have to worry if the wind suddenly rises, when the rain keeps pouring, or when the wintry weather sets in.
CLEAN YOUR PATIO.
Before the winter season sets in, find time to do an overall cleanup of your patio. Sweep the floor and then pressure wash the entire area. Doing this will help remove dirt and debris and prevent algae, fungus, or mold. It’s also a good idea to hire the services of a professional cleaner, especially if your patio deck is made of wood. A wooden deck is more sensitive to weather changes, so preventive maintenance is essential if you want to keep it safe from warping, splitting, and cracking.
INSTALL A ROOF, AWNING, OR COVER.
One of the ideal ways to prepare your patio for the winter months is to turn it into an indoor/outdoor living area. To do this, you need to install a roof over the area to protect it from the snow and provide much-needed insulation. Having an awning or cover also helps move heat down, so you and your family and visitors will be comfortable and warm in your seats.
ADD SOME HEATING.
In the summertime, your patio might use a patio misting system to cool off the area. In the cold, wintry months, a patio heat source addition makes the space more enjoyable. Here are some examples of varieties you might want to consider:
An Electric Heater
It might not give off the same effect as a fireplace, but it can still provide the heat you need on cold and snowy days. Be sure to choose one with a fan that blows off and distributes the warm air throughout the area.
A Fire Pit or Fireplace
Fire pits and fireplaces give off more heat than electric heaters, so they are ideal for colder places than others. You can choose between a standalone or a fixed fire pit. If you go for the standalone variety, you can move it from one place to another as you wish; the fixed fire pit is permanent and cannot be moved. Outdoor fireplaces are quite popular nowadays, so you won’t have difficulty looking for one.
Other sources of heating
If you prefer smaller heating options, you can use torches instead of the above-mentioned examples. You can install several small torches around the patio area to spread the warm spots throughout the place. Throw in additional heaters such as heat packs and heated blankets.
Bonus: Firepits serve an extra purpose – in the summertime, you can use them for an evening of a fun bonfire with friends!)
YOU NEED GOOD LIGHTING.
You may already have lighting in your patio, but if it’s the winter months you are preparing for, you might want to add some extra ones. Winter weather means shorter daylight and longer nights, so adding LED lights and rope lights will add more brightness and cheer to cold, wintry evenings. String lights are also a good option, especially if you want to create a festive and colorful look and feel despite the dreary weather..
DECORATE YOUR PATIO
Add some aesthetic elements to your patio, especially since winter scenery can be quite dull. Choose décor with warm colors and textured materials. Put in some pillows, cushions, and throws – and be sure to choose thick and cozy ones. Since you are outdoors, you may want to add some plants as well. Around two to three will do; do not overcrowd the area. Beautiful and striking options include Camellias, Holly Bush, Winter Jasmines, Japanese Maples, Conifers, and Lavenders. Evergreen plants are also a popular choice for patios.
CONSIDER A SAUNA
Yes, a sauna can be expensive, but it has several benefits that you deserve to enjoy after a long and tiring day. Imagine the warm, bubbling water and the feeling that you are gently getting massaged. Wouldn’t you want to relax with friends over a glass of wine on a chilly night? If you’re worried about the cost, you can always go for the more affordable version, the ready-to-build sauna kit. It is easy to build and set up. If you want to use hot tubs, do so by all means. There are varieties of inflatable hot tubs in the market, so it will be easy for you to find one that suits your preferences. The best thing about an inflatable hot tub is that you can put it anywhere on the patio.
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