By shelby. Patio. Published at Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 - 11:47:53 AM.
Tips For Keeping Your Patio Area Clean And New Looking This Summer It looks like summer may have finally arrived for many of us now the temperatures are beginning to rise and the days are getting longer and the nights shorter, barring any global warming anomalies we hopefully will be in for a lovely bright sunny few summer months this year. After being cooped up in the house for what seems like an eternity over the winter months it is like breaking free to finally be able to go out and enjoy some sun on your skin and warmth on your bones. This is the time of year where we start working outside in our gardens, doing the maintaining of the garden, hedges and the patio area in readiness for the forth coming summer. A nicely kept large patio area is becoming one of the most wanted things that people look for when looking to buy a new property as more and more people are spending larger amounts of time outside in the garden, entertaining and socialising so it is vitally important to ensure that your patio or decking area is always kept well maintained. So what should you do to ensure that your patio is kept looking at its best? The winter months can take their toll on even the nicest and most well looked after patio area so making sure that you get to work on tidying it up as soon as the winter months have passed is very important, the longer you leave the job the harder it will be to get back to its original state and a well maintained, fresh looking patio area can complement the whole garden area and make it look fantastic. Depending on what type of patio area you have is going to depend how you have to look after it, the two main variations are wooden decking and any type of stone patio flooring. Both forms of patio are as popular as each other but either one can look better in certain gardens. If you have a raised patio area a wooden decked patio area with guard rails looks better than a stone floored patio area and likewise a level garden area looks better with a stone floored patio. Both wooden and stone patios have different maintenance needs but both need a similar amount of work to keep them in tip top condition. Wooden decking has a habit of getting very slippery if not maintained properly due to the build up of algae and moss, to eradicate this problem you need to make sure that you have a high pressure power washer with a suitable chemical additive to remove the build up and make the decking area less of a hazard. Because the decking is made of wood it will need an application of preservative every year to ensure that the wood is properly nourished, this can be a very laborious if you have a large area to cover but the rewards are appreciable when the task is completed. Even if you have a pressure treated decking area that has been impregnated with wood preservative it is always advisable to add an extra coat to keep it looking wonderful. As wooden decking is raised off the ground it is very rare to have problems with weeds coming through. Stone patio areas are available in many different types of stone, such as slate, Indian stone, York stone and concrete flags, all of which need similar maintenance. The first problem that most people encounter with their stone patio area is a build of moss and weeds between the flags, this is generally caused by the pointing of sand and cement that joints the flags together has developed cracks to enable weeds and moss to get a foot hold. There are three ways to clear this problem, firstly you can manually get down on your hands and knees and clean all of the joints and then re-apply the sand and cement, secondly you can apply a weed and moss killer and the re-apply the sand and cement when the weed killer has eradicated the moss and weeds of finally you can clear the patio area using a high pressure jet washer, this is the easiest method but can lead to removing more of the sand and cement from the joints. It is recommended to wash down your stone patio area at least once a month to ensure that not weeds, grass or moss can get roots set in and start to create a problem for you. It may be advisable to apply a coating to your patio flooring to protect the flags from the elements and keep it looking fresh; this usually needs to be applied once a year although there are products on the market which claim to do the job for up to 5 years. So there you have it, a few handy tips on keeping your patio flooring and patio area nice and clean that will hopefully help you to enjoy your patio area as much as is possible this summer.
Paver Patio Design - 3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Designing a Paver Patio In the past a patio was just a patio; a concrete slab at the rear entrance of your home with just enough space to put a patio table and maybe a small BBQ grill. The terms "Outdoor Living Space" or "Outdoor Rooms" werent even heard of and the only people that had these types of outdoor spaces were the rich and famous. Today, with the demand for homeowners wanting to spend more time outdoors these terms have become more a part of daily life. This demand has not only forced landscape contractors to be more creative with their designs, but has created an industry within itself. All of your big box stores are catering to this industry with patio furniture, stainless steel grills, pre-built grill stations, portable fire pits and it is not unusual to see contractors who specialize or only design and install patios. Due to the increasing popularity of brick paving stone or "pavers", homeowners are no longer satisfied with the standard rectangle concrete slab. Pavers allow patio designers to be much more creative in implementing you patio ideas. They can utilize radial and circular designs, different patterns, borders and colors. Also, the introduction of patio block has changed the way patios are designed and used. Each manufacturer has a different name for them, but in a "nut shell" they are stackable blocks that can be used to create seating walls, columns, grill stations, outdoor bars and kitchens. If you can imagine it, you can build it with these blocks. If youre looking for a nice patio; one that you can not only show off, but also one you can use; there are several guidelines to follow to improve your chances of success. There are three questions that you should ask yourself. If you answer these questions honestly you will be able to create a patio design that is not only functional, but also beautiful. "What is my budget?" Some homeowners feel that this is a loaded question, but it is one that a good contractor will ask and one that needs to be addressed. It should be asked, not to prequalify you as a potential customer or to run the price up, but to bring the project into perspective. As a homeowner, you should not be afraid to tell your contractor your budget. A good contractors price is his price and he will design to your budget. "How will I use my patio?" Other than budget this is the most important question to ask yourself. If you plan on entertaining, you may consider seating walls around portions of your patio for overflow seating or an outdoor bar. If you have children you may want to invest in a fire pit area, either a portable or built-in. These are great to spend quality time with your children. Do you like to grill out? Perhaps adding a BBQ grill station or outdoor kitchen might be a nice addition. However you choose to use your patio, you need to convey these uses to your designer so they can incorporate them into the patio design. Make sure your designer draws your patio design to an identifiable scale. Have them draw in your patio furniture and accessories so you can get an idea if, and how, they will fit on your patio. These questions will help you decide what size of patio you need to install. Remember, bigger doesnt mean more functional. Also, keep in mind, if your wants exceed your budget, using brick or concrete patio pavers will allow you to seamlessly add on later. "What do I want my patio to look like?" This is another important piece of the puzzle and one that you should also spend time with. A good patio designer will integrate your uses into a pleasing design. One that will accentuate certain features of your home while expanding your personality to the outside. The most difficult part of a patio design idea is the marriage between functionality and aesthetics. Brick and concrete patio pavers give you a lot of design flexibility. Radial designs typically will soften corners and create interesting curves. Square and rectangle patio designs, whether parallel with the house or on a 45 degree angle, are used to accentuate dimensional features of a home. Using different colors and/or styles of pavers in different areas will help define space on your patio. For example, a circle pattern may define a fire pit area. "Do your homework!" The more time you invest at the front end of your patio project, the easier and more enjoyable the installation will be. Spending a few hundred dollars on a formal design may end up saving you several thousand dollars and aggravation. There are also websites with large libraries of pre-designed patios that you can browse and purchase for a fraction of the cost of a custom design. They typically provide you with additional information such as; material list, color palettes and product details, helpful installation tips and how tos. Remember, do your homework and enjoy your patio!
Have You Considered These Patio Ideas? Having a charming patio that you can use in the warm weather is a fun way to extend the living space of your home. But installing a patio can be ambitious since there are many different styles and types - here are some great patio ideas that might help you create a wonderful outdoor living space which might have you finding yourself spending more time outdoors than in! Plants An outdoor area needs lots of lush plants and the patio is just the place to have them. Decorating your patio area with great plants in containers in addition to having a garden area planted near the patio. Use large containers and planters of different shapes and sizes and group them together for effect. You should set 3 or 5 containers together in a group - using an odd number instead of an even number always looks better. Patio Furniture Todays patio furniture is versatile - weatherproof plastic that looks like wicker, painted metal and woods like redwood or teak are popular. While buying cheap patio furniture might seem attractive, quality pieces will save you money in the long run. Be sure to get cushions that are weather proof and pieces that are easy to clean as outdoor furniture does get dirty fairly quickly. Patio Accessories Depending on what your patio ideas are, you can have a small table and chairs or an outdoor grilling station and bar. How far should you go? Consider the space you have for your patio as well as your budget. Depending on your budget, you might think about including a fire pit, seating, cooking area, hot tub, fountain, lighting and an outdoor bar. Patio Surface Of course, the most important aspect of your patio is the surface and this is something you should choose before anything else. Again, you want to keep it in a matching style to your home so if you have a more formal or brick face home then brick might be a good choice. A garden style patio might be perfect with pavers that look like flat stones. You can also use different style pavers, flagstone, sandstone or even marble. When choosing a material for your patio consider the durability and easy of cleaning as well as installation. Patio Style When you are designing your patio, you might keep your overall house style in mind. Your patio design should match the style and age of the house. A Victorian style home might look best with an intricate patio complete with wrought iron furniture. A Spanish style home would look great with a Mediterranean style patio. When designing your patio, think about bringing the indoor style of your home to your outdoor room. Coming up with great patio ideas is as easy as going down to your local home improvement store and looking at the selection of patio blocks, pavers, furniture and accessories. Then take your ideas home and design a patio that will give you an extra outdoor room to enjoy.
Patio Perfection - Patio Furniture Decorating your home does not stop at your back door. Perfect for outdoor entertaining and for spending some quiet family time, patios are extensions of your home that are open to the outside. Patios can be cozy, inviting and ready for family fun with the simplest of decorating ideas. When you want to decorate your patio, you will want to choose patio furniture that fits your style, your purpose and your budget. Patio furniture comes in a wide range of materials, designs, patterns, and pieces. If you have an enclosed patio, it will be perfectly safe to purchase patio furniture that isnt made of water proof material. In that case, you can rest assured that regular household furnishings can become the perfect patio furniture. If your patio is open to the elements, you will want patio furniture that is waterproof. Your patio furniture can be made of plastic, wrought iron, aluminum, wicker or wood. Plastic patio furniture can be a bit flimsy, but it is light and easy to move. The heavier materials add durability and expense. Your patio, as an extension to your home, can have the same design carried from the home or it can be a stand alone design hideaway. If you would like your patio to have an exotic feel why not choose patio furniture made of wicker? You can lounge on a chaise or daybed lined with cushions woven with bright floral prints. If you prefer that your patio have a more contemporary feel, you can laze away your days on comfortable cushioned chairs made of aluminum and set your iced tea down on your deliciously carved wooden side table. Patio furniture isnt just chairs and tables. You can spend a lavish amount of time deciding on whether you want tables, chairs, ottomans, settees, daybeds, side tables, side boards, rockers or loungers. With all the pieces of patio furniture to choose from you will have a blast decorating to your style. When deciding on the type of fabric you would like to envelope your patio furniture with, you will want to keep in mind the amount of wear, from use and outdoor exposure, your furniture will endure. Your outdoor patio furniture should be sheathed with fade resistant all weather fabric. Dont let the creative juices stop there. There are hundreds of patio furnishing styles and designs. Your imagination can run wild. Not only can you decorate your patio with furniture, but you can add plants, wall hangings (for enclosed patios), and any number of creative pieces. If you really want to create a home away from home feel in an enclosed patio, decorating with an area rug would be your best bet. Area rugs can be woven or braided and can help keep your feet warm if your patio floor is made of concrete. Not only are they useful, they are beautiful as well. No matter what your theme your patio, there is an area rug waiting to become a permanent part of your outdoor haven. Your home away from home doesnt have to be that far away. Your patio should be your home right outside your home. Your patio décor is yours to explore as you watch the sunset from your patio oasis.
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