Your patio or deck can be a fantastic place to spend time with family and friends, even on the coldest of nights. Winter is only a few weeks away. Before the next big snowstorm, make sure that you clean your patio of fallen leaves and other types of debris that tend to build up in the autumn-time. If you properly prepare and your patio for the winter season, you will get to enjoy them all year long. Here are 4 tips for getting your patio winter-ready.
Water-Proofing Your Patio
Waterproofing is highly effective and can last for up to a decade! Make sure you’ve used an excellent sealant to prevent moisture from seeping in for wood decks. Sand, the deck down to its bare wood, seal exposed grain with epoxy, then apply a waterproof coating to protect it. A pergola is always a good idea, but be sure it’s approved to handle local snow-load requirements.
If you think you will be spending time on your patio during the winter, you will need to get weather-proof seating to move around quickly. The most practical solution is to use waterproof fabrics for outdoor cushions so that water can be wiped away instead of absorbed.
Another suggestion is to replace outdoor metal furniture with chairs and tables more fitted for cooler weather. Cushioned chairs are comfortable and will help provide more warmth. Also, have warm blankets readily available.
Fire-Pits and Patio Heaters
Fire is dramatic and bold, and it dazzles people passing by with light and warmth. Portable fire pits, fire bowls, and outdoor fireplaces are exceptionally popular. Suppose you don’t want to worry about releasing smoke into the air. In that case, electric heaters are a versatile option for heating outdoor areas and can be easily moved around. Patio heaters come in various shapes, sizes, fuel types, and mount types.
Outdoor Lighting and Decor
As it gets darker earlier in the fall and winter, it is a good idea to get some additional outdoor lighting for your patio, making it more welcoming. String lights and lanterns can help cut through the dreary darkness and fill the backyard or patio with a warm, mood-lifting glow.
Winter-Proofing your Patio
As the beautiful winter wonderland approaches, there’s no time like the present to get your patio winter-ready with ideas from Four Seasons. We give you an array of options that will protect your patio for years to come. For more ideas on creating your outdoor room, please contact us at 888-270-3546 or chat with us anytime on our 24/7 live help desk.
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