No matter where you live, the cold weather is bound to have some sort of effect on your patio. You may see an accumulation of dirt, leaves, and other matter. Salt and snow can also wear down floors and railings. With winter coming to an end, it may be a good time to get your patio ready for summer.
The winter months are filled with snow storms and high winds that blow debris onto the patio. Grab a broom, and sweep the patio clear of dirt, sticks, and other accumulation. Starting with a clean patio will make it easier to see what else needs to be done.
If the surface of your patio is made of wood or cement, you may want to give it a good wash job with a power washer. This will remove any deeply ingrained dirt. Be careful not to spend too much time washing any particular area of the patio; a power washer can create holes in a soft surface if the stream is directed at a narrow angle.
Shade Your Patio
You should try to find a way to shade the patio. Providing shade on your patio can increase its usefulness during inclement weather. It will also offer protection from the hot sun. If you want a covered patio, you should decide between a simple awning or umbrella and a more permanent type of covering. Or if you would prefer, you can plant one or more well placed trees to provide natural shade in the coming years.
Screen-In Your Patio
Another improvement you may want to consider is a screened-in patio. A screened-in patio will make the patio more comfortable when the weather is bad. It will also keep biting insects at bay. You can add the screen yourself or contact one of the many companies who specialize in patio additions.
Every patio looks nicer when it is embellished with flowers. It may be worth your time to talk to a master gardener to help you pick out just the right flower arrangements. Keep in mind that flowers will have to be watered on a regular basis and will also attract bees and other insects.
Think about Patio Furniture
Finding the right furniture for your patio may be the most important part of your pre-summer preparations. Depending on how big the patio is, you may have to limit the number of chairs or swings you have on it. Although it may be nice to extend an invitation to everyone you know, it makes more sense to only have enough chairs or swings that can fit on the patio without people being too close to each other. Part of the fun of enjoying your patio is to be relaxed, and your visitors may not be able to do that if they’re piled one on top of another. The type of furniture you get for your patio will depend not only on your budget, but on your personal taste as well.
Accessorize Your Patio
No patio would be complete without personal accessories to set it apart from every other patio in the neighborhood. Some people like wind chimes. Others prefer prisms that reflect the sun in numerous directions and colors. You could also put up a few strings of Christmas lights to help brighten things up, or hang some other type of decorative lights. The patio accessories you choose will be limited only by your budget and your personal taste.
Guest post from Payton Price. Payton writes about term life insurance for TermLifeInsurance.org.