By Alek. Patio. Published at Saturday, September 29th, 2018 - 17:07:28 PM.
Outdoor Patio - How You Can Enjoy It More An outdoor patio is the ideal spot for relaxing and rewinding after a hectic day. Even though landscaped lawns and gardens do provide relief, it might not be possible to spend your time there during daytime in weekends. The ideal answer for all these problems is the outdoor patio. Patio offers several advantages like exposure to Mother Nature, pure wind and air. Hence, patio canopies had been gaining in popularity of late. Made-to-order canopies are available in all cities and towns, though the delivery time could vary between three and four weeks from date of ordering. Outdoor patio could be arranged either as front area home patio or as backyard patio, depending on the free area available around the built-up area of the house. Outdoor patio would protect you from the rays of sun, rain, snow, and other natural hazardous elements. Modern outdoor patio canopies are equipped with roof tensioning, water proof materials and the other required supports to prevent water buildup on the canopy. Further, most of the modern patio canopy materials are fireproof, UV and waterproof to give you maximum protection and safety. Outdoor patios need not be limited to separate areas. Swimming pools, large outdoor areas in the front, sides, or backyard areas could be fitted patio canopies to protect them from the natural elements for using them as relaxation areas. Many companies offer steel-structured patio canopies with lot of flexibility and retracting ability. You would be able to extend the patio canopies or retract them when you do not need them, like when you wish to take a sun bath and tan yourself to a beautiful golden hue. On the other hand, you might be the type that is allergic to the rays of the sun and your patio canopy might not be able to prevent sunlight from entering into the patio area in the mornings and evenings. If you have such a problem, you would do well to install patio window shades or blinds all around the patio. This would help you to control the light effect in your patio to the maximum without any adverse effect. The patio window blinds come in many colors and you could create a patio that is completely unique. You could even change the color blinds from time to time, since they are not too costly. When people visit your home after some time, they would be really surprised and impressed by your outdoor patio design change. Another advantage with these patio window blinds is that you could lower them and raise them, since they have a clutch system for easy operation. When you use your imagination to use your outdoor area as home patio or backyard patio, the options are plenty. You would be surprised how much you would be able to achieve without spending too much on your patio. An outdoor patio canopy of 10x10 size with powder coated steel frame would cost around $300, which is not much, when you consider the time that you could spend outside your home in clean air. Install your outdoor patio and enjoy your free time in a leisurely fashion.
Universal Style and the Boxed & Welted Style but among all, the most popular would have to be the rattan made Wicker Style. The popularity of it is probably due the countryside look and feel it gives the patio. On to the next task, which is to choose the fabric that covers the cushion. On doing this, you must consider the features that will help you maintain the decors without much hassle. For example, you can opt for a water-resistant fabric to allow you to clean the cushion with water and also, sun-resistant fabric because the colors will not be affected much by the hot sun. So it is best for you to invest in these fabrics as the cushions will be able to endure the outdoor for a long period of time. Your patio should be a warm and cozy place with practical furniture and decors. A coffee table with chairs and patio umbrellas are the simple items that you might just need to create the desired atmosphere. Stay away from bulky furniture and stuffing every bits of décor at you patio or you might just end up with one big mess.
Create Beauty For Your Patio And Sanity For You Everyone wants their home to look clean and tidy but everyone enjoys the long hours of sweeping and mopping. This is probably the reason why the patio is known to be the dirtiest place in our home. Some would even be thrilled if the house is not blessed with a patio, so that they wouldnt need to spare some time cleaning it too. However much we loathe the fact of having to maintain a patio, we cannot deny the aesthetical value a patio brings to a home. Owning a well kept patio can lead to full utilization of this part of the house such as making it a place to have your afternoon tea party or just a little get together with friends and family. It is also a place where you can escape from the noisy children and unwind as well as enjoy the fresh air. Therefore, dont neglect your patio in your house cleaning routine or you will definitely miss utilizing your patio and the wonderful time you can spend there. Common sense will tell you that in decorating a patio, one would have to take a few things into consideration. One of the most important one is that any furniture you put out in the patio will be exposed to the weather. You would want to buy items that are durable enough to withstand the harsh weather. Your patio can also be attracted to the patio since it is in the outdoor and there is no means to stop them from going there. Therefore, youd have to attend to the occasional animal droppings, furs and feathers. Choosing sensible decorations is crucial to ensure a sound mind. Choosing the Right Furniture The size of your patio should be the source of inspiration when selecting your furniture. The sizes range from small, medium to large. A small patio is the ones that would normally accommodate not more than 3 people. A medium size patio would be able to accommodate a few more people than the small size patio while a large patio can fit almost 30 persons at a time. As most of todays have middle size patio, a minimalist approach should be opted when you want to decorate the patio. What is a minimalist approach? Well, basically, this approach advocates the idea of decorating a small space with minimal furniture and decorative items, as so to save space and to make the space look bigger than its original size. Hence, when choosing furniture for a patio, one should only consider purchasing a set of simple yet elegant looking settee or chairs, a medium-length table or/and coffee tables. One could also get a hammock to spice up the ambience a bit as well as a colorful market umbrella, which could double as a shelter during the hot sun or heavy rain. Choosing the right cushions A patio is not complete without a patio cushion. Many manufacturers have produced many varieties of cushions to suit the diverse taste of todays customers. You can find cushions styles such as Cartridge Style
Sealing Your Patio Pavers - 11 Keys to Successfully Sealing Your Patio When my neighbor first decided to install a paver-block patio behind his home, he chose paver stones for several good reasons. He thought they would last longer than other materials like wood, or poured concrete, he thought they had a really "rich" elegant look to them and most of all, he thought that they would be maintenance free. Well, he almost had it right. They do look great and theyre incredibly durable, but it wasnt long before he learned that they arent completely maintenance free. After several seasons of rain, snow and sun, the patio just didnt look as good as it first did when he had it installed. The sun was beginning to fade the color in some areas, the sand between the stones had been washed away by the rains and weeds had started growing in the gaps between the pavers. He even began to see ant colonies beginning to form using his precious paver sand as their new home. Well, the solution to his problem was fairly simple. It was time to clean the patio up and seal it for protection. And though he was somewhat reluctant at first to attempt this project on his own, once I began to walk him through the various steps, he decided it didnt sound that tough and he ought to be able to seal his patio himself. I concurred. "Just observe these simple 11 keys", I told him, "and when youre done your patio will look like it was done by the Pros!" 1. First, take your time With every project that I undertake, I cant stress this point enough. From the beginning to the end, with every step in between, take your time. When you rush a project through you make mistakes, and mistakes are what the pros are able to avoid. Sometimes its just a matter of cleaning the surface a little better, or rinsing things off a little more. Maybe its allowing a little more time between coats for your sealer to dry or waiting a few more hours before re-installing your patio furniture. With every step of the process, take your time. The chances are much better that when the work is all done and the tools have been stored, youll look at the finished result and be satisfied that it turned out just as you had hoped it would. 2. Acids can be great cleaners Often times when you inspect the patio, prior to washing youll notice stains. Leaves that have remained on the patio can leave tannin stains. Iron furniture that sits on the patio will most likely leave rust stains. Whatever stains you find need to be removed prior to sealing or they will be sealed in and become permanent, so now is the time to work on them. The simplest way to get the stains out is by using an acid cleaner. Conventional muriatic acid works well and its cheap, but I hate it. If you get it on your skin it burns and the vapors from it are just terrible. Instead, I use a "safer" cleaner, such as Defy Safer Masonry Cleaner. For severe stains, I simply pour a little cleaner at full strength on the stain and give it a few minutes to work before rinsing. If the whole patio is fairly dirty, dilute the cleaner 4:1 (four parts water to one part cleaner) and using a garden-type pump up sprayer, spray the entire surface with cleaner. Allow the cleaner to remain wet on the surface for 5 minutes or so, and then begin the rinsing process using a power washer. 3. Clean, clean and then clean some more In regard to the prep work, sealing you patio isnt much different than staining your deck or painting your house. Much of the quality of the job comes down to how well you prepare the surface. Patios that have weathered will often times have mildew, moss and algae growing on the stones and in the sand between the joints. Weeds that have begun to grow as well as any other foreign debris need to be removed, and for a patio that means a good cleaning. The easiest way to clean things off is with a power washer. Make certain that you select a washer with enough power to do the job. I try to never use anything rated less than 2400 p.s.i. Select a tip that will fan the water out slightly, 15° or so. Also, always work in sections. Patios should be constructed so that water runs away from the home. So begin working near the house or the high side of the slope of the patio. Rinse debris down the patios natural flow, away from the house. Youll loose some of the sand between the joints during the cleaning process and thats ok. Well replace the sand once the patio is cleaned up. Just be careful not to blow out more sand than is necessary while doing your cleaning. 4. Now this ones on the "level" With the patio now cleaned, look around and inspect the condition of the pavers. Over time, paver stones can settle or shift, making them unlevel. If you have some bricks that are out of place, using a screwdriver and a stiff putty knife, pry the uneven stones out. Once removed, you can add a little sand, smooth it out with the blade of your putty knife, and re-install the bricks. A couple of taps with a rubber mallet to make things perfect and voila, the bricks are level once again. 5. Its time to fill this joint The last remaining step in getting the patio ready to seal is to re-grout the joints between the stones with fresh sand. This step isnt hard, but it does take a little time so be patient. To do this, I use a fine grade of run-of-the-mill play box sand. Pour a small amount on the patio and begin sweeping it into the joints using a push-broom. Sweep in both directions; back-to-front and left-to-right to insure the joints get completely filled. As the sand gets used up by filling the joints pour a little more onto the patio and keep sweeping. 6. Break time This is the part youre going to love. Go take a break! Remember when we started I said to take your time? Well now its very important that you take your time. After all of the cleaning that we did, the ground under those pavers is soaking wet and needs to dry out. Give the patio a couple of good, hot sunny days to dry out before applying any sealer. If you dont, you could end up trapping moisture under the sealer and the whole project will turn a milky-white color...yuck! 7. Take a look at Waterborne Sealers Its time to pick out your sealer now and the choices are solvent-based products or water-based products. I hate solvents! "Why?" you ask. Heres why: 1. Theyre bad for our environment. 2. If they get on my grass or flowers, they kill them. 3. They smell terrible. 4. Everything has to be cleaned up with messy solvents. Water-base sealers are a much better choice. Besides being both easy to use and easy on the environment, they offer another amazing advantage. They "stabilize" the sand. When cured, water-based sealers such as Defys Epoxy Fortified Paver Sealer, will harden the joint sand and lock it into place. This prevents it from washing out during future rains. 8. Read the can, follow directions Every manufacturers product can be little different so always read the directions. It only takes a few minutes but it will ensure that you have all the right information before you get started. Pay attention to details such as how many coats of sealer to apply, how long to wait between coats, how to properly apply the product and how to clean it up. There are any number of variations to these questions and more. Read the label first and youll be likely to get it right the first time. 9. This sprayin stuff is easy Now the fun stuff begins...applying the sealer. To do this, I love to use a garden-type pump up sprayer but Ill warn you in advance, dont buy a cheap one! The better sprayers (they usually cost over $50 bucks) have a metal fan-style spray tip and do a much better job than the inexpensive weed sprayers. When youre looking for a sprayer, the key here is to look for a "fan-style tip". The patio edges can be cut-in using a 4" nylon brush and then youre ready to start spraying. Water-based sealers normally require two coats to be applied. Once youve cut-in the edges, spray the entire patio with the first coat. Then wait for the sealer to dry enough that it can walked on, and do the same thing all over again...two coats! If you get things on too heavy and the sealer starts to puddle, use the brush to get rid of the puddling by simply brushing it out. If you want to see what this process looks like, you can visit defyinfo.com where you can find a streaming video detailing each of the steps that weve taken. 10. MORE is definitely NOT better Ok, if a little is good then a lot must be better, right? No! Remember, were sealing concrete paver stones and these stones are sitting on a bed of sand. When the sand gets wet and then the sun comes out, these pavers need to breathe, meaning they need to let any water vapors pass through them. When too much sealer is applied, the water vapor can no longer pass through, which results in a white "blushing" effect or even potentially peeling. Dont be fooled, I know how great this stuff can look if you really lay it on, how cool that high gloss finish is. But it will blush and peel. Limit your application to two coats and you wont have a problem. 11. How about a little maintenance Ok, great job, now just one more thing. How about a little maintenance? Blow the leaves off when they fall to keep them from staining. Rinse the dirt and debris that seems to just show up over time. And as the weather begins to dull down the finish and the patio loses its luster, simply rinse it off and apply a light maintenance coat. Catch it before the patio gets too weathered and its really that simply. So thats it. Thats everything. Eleven keys to sealing your patio. Go ahead and try these eleven keys for yourself. See what the results are when you set out on your next project to do it like a pro. You might just surprise yourself!
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