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How To Get Your Patio Ready For Winter

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How To Get Your Patio Ready For Winter

Posted on: November 1, 2019

Summer is over, the leaves are starting to change colors, and the days of relaxing in the sun are behind you.

Now it's time to prepare for winter.

And in some parts of the country, that means preparing for harsh weather, bitter cold, deep snow, high winds, and runny noses.

You won't be able to use your patio the same way you did over the summer, but it's still important to do a few things to prepare your patio for the harsh winter months.

It won't take a lot of effort on your part to winterize your patio, and by doing so, you will protect your outdoor furniture as well as make the space usable during the winter months.

While the mere thought of spending time on your patio during the winter might be unbearable, there are actually plenty of ways you can enjoy your patio during the "off-season."

With just a little effort you can create a space that you can enjoy even after the winter weather arrives.

Continue reading to find out how.

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Put Your Furniture Away

The first thing you want to do before it gets bitter cold outside is to remove all of your furniture and any other large items from your patio.

Put away all of your tables, chairs, backyard tools, and plants.

Give everything a quick rinse and let it dry in the sun before you put it away for the winter.

If you have an outdoor umbrella, take that down and give it an excellent wipedown to remove the dirt that accumulated over the summer.

Now, put everything neatly into garbage bags, and store them in your shed, garage, under a deck, or beneath a large tarp.

While the mere thought of spending time on your patio during the winter might be unbearable, there are actually plenty of ways you can enjoy your patio during the "off-season."

With just a little effort you can create a space that you can enjoy even after the winter weather arrives.

Continue reading to find out how.

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Tips To Prepare Your Patio For Winter

Deep Clean The BBQ

After grilling all summer, your BBQ is definitely going to need a thorough cleaning.

Make sure you give it a good scrub before you put it away for the winter.

It's a dirty job, but it's one that is worth doing so you can get continued use from your BBQ.

Once the ground thaws and the leaves are back on the trees next year, you'll be able to pull your BBQ out and use it right away.

Use an oven cleaner to remove any stuck-on grease, and then use your water hose to rinse everything off.

If you have a has gill, make sure everything is turned off, and the lines are disconnected. Store your propane in a safe area where it will stay dry and won't get too hot.

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Clean Up

If your patio is surrounded by trees, sweep up any leaves and debris before they get trapped in the snow when winter comes.

Use a patio or driveway cleaning solution with a high powered nozzle to thoroughly wash the cement surface or bricks.

You'll need to make sure that your patio gets a fresh start so once you hear the birds chirping, it'll be nice and clean and ready to be arranged.

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Get Seasonal Furniture

If you'd like to try to spend time on your patio during the winter, you should invest in weatherproof seating that can be arranged easily.

A popular option is a plastic bench made out of recycled materials.

Those benches are usually attractive, easy to lift and move, and can accommodate guests.

If you'd rather not invest any money in a new bench, just leave out a couple of your patio chairs and cover them in a heavy-duty, weather-resistant outdoor furniture cover.

Keep in mind that it gets dark earlier in the winter, so you might need to invest in additional outdoor lighting.

Another fun way to spend time on your patio during the winter is to gather around a fire pit. It will keep the family warm, and you'll create great memories roasting marshmallows and sharing stories.

You can also hang string lights around the patio to make it feel warm and inviting, even if the weather isn't.

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Buy Patio Shades

We can't control the weather, but we can shield ourselves from the wind.

There will likely be plenty of times you'd like to spend time out on your patio during the winter, but the windchill keeps you inside on your couch instead.

That's where patio shades come in.

Floor to ceiling patio shades will shield you from the wind, reduce the windchill, and make it possible for you to enjoy your patio in the winter.

These shades will be an inexpensive addition that will make your space look beautiful and comfortable when you enjoy some time outside in the winter.

You can also keep them up in the springtime when the weather gets warmer.

You won't need protection from the wind, but it's a great way to get a little extra privacy in your outdoor space.

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Get Your Outdoor Space Ready For Winter

Enjoy Your Patio Year Round

If you want to enjoy your patio all year, and not just during the warmer months, there are only a few things you need to do to get it ready.

It's really just a matter of getting your furniture put away and getting everything cleaned up.

And, if you pay attention when you're buying your patio furniture, you'll notice that many companies make outdoor furniture that can withstand every season.

Hang a few string lights around your patio, install a fire pit, and you can create a cozy winter wonderland that will almost make you forget how miserable the weather is around you.

A little bit of money and a lot of creativity will go a long way toward making your patio usable year-round.

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