Winter is here, which means that you should officially be checking off the outdoor winterizing that’s been on your to do list for months. Outdoor spaces can be a cherished secondary living space to us, especially given the level of time and money that we dedicate to the design and upkeep. When the spring comes, we often jump at the chance to set all of our outdoor items up, start planting, and restart lawn maintenance. But, when the leaves start falling and a chill hits the air, we long to hold on to those endless summer nights. For this reason, many people put off important maintenance required to preserve external assets.
Striving to minimize damage to patios, decks, sunrooms and other outdoor objects should be at the top of your to do list during the fall each year. Preventative tasks will help prevent costly repairs or replacement. With a little bit of sweat equity or help from third parties that specialize in this process, you can assure that you are taking the appropriate measures to safeguard against mother nature over the winter months ahead. Since we have not yet moved into the coldest of months, there is still time to take care of some of the things that will likely make an impact on your treasures. So get out there this weekend and do what you can. Also remember to keep a link to this post on your calendar for next year so that you are one step ahead of the game.
Installation of a patio is a significant expenditure and it would be prudent to understand what should be undertaken to protect this area. Cleaning (over and above leaf removal) and sealing may be appropriate based on the materials that you have and the manufacturer’s directions. A small step may go a long way in revitalizing and extending the life of your property.
Designate Time To Decks
Preventative procedures may differ depending on the make up of the deck, so be sure to adhere to instructions pertaining to your construction. The initial step should be to remove rugs, furniture, and potted plants and to clear any debris. Once bare, the deck should be cleaned and water repellent applied. If there are major defects, work to repair in order to avoid any further damage that may be possible due to inclement weather. Throughout the season, consistently remove leaves and any snow to avoid prolonged exposure and the damage that comes with it. If you wouldn’t consider yourself a DIY’er, try reaching out to the companies that provide repair, repainting or power washing, as they may offer winterizing services.
Shield Sunrooms From Outside Sources
When properly constructed with quality components, sunrooms can be safe from exterior or interior damage that can be a result of wind, low temperatures and moisture. Prune any trees or shrubs located near the room that could potentially fall or lose branches that may strike the facade. Check door seals to confirm that no drafts are entering. Superior durability will also prevent heat loss that could deter you from enjoying these treasured spaces when mother nature is fierce.
Preserve Luscious Lawns
A well manicured lawn needs TLC even when it’s not being enjoyed on a daily basis. Leaves and other matter should be removed to avoid disease or moisture causing mold. If you have small children and an accumulation of outdoor toys scattered throughout the yard, be sure to relocate to storage. Look into or discuss with your landscaper or gardener any seed or fertilization actions that will keep greenery healthy and prepared for the spring.
Protect Grills Against Chills
Many grill masters enjoy cooking outside at all times of the year. It is still possible to grill during the winter months, but proper care is warranted to ensure protection from seasonal damage. As with anything else, a good clean would be a great place to start. Once the internal areas are complete, be sure that the outer spots are properly cleaned and covered. Be sure to have a well-made, weather-resistant, tight fitting cover that can be secured. When removing any snow from your outdoor surfaces throughout the winter, clear the barbecue cover as well.
Perpetuate Furniture and Decor
Dining and relaxing alfresco requires an investment in an outdoor dining set, lounge chairs and possibly even more furniture. Proper storage is warranted to insure and extend the lifespan of your decor. The first step should be to clean, dry, and store cushions and pillows. Move to a covered location or a secure outdoor spot if the furniture is built to withstand exposure to harsh conditions. If you are short on garage or shed space, there are other options to avoid leaving everything out in the open. Look for companies that specialize in shrink wrapping furniture to assist.
If you have questions regarding the details pertaining to the care of your Four Seasons structures, or you are looking to replace living spaces that have depreciated due to lack of proper care over the years, contact us today.