If you’re a homeowner that has an outdoor living space with a patio, the chances of you wanting to spend as much time as possible taking advantage of it are pretty high. I mean, who wants to spend hundreds, potentially thousands of shiny new patio tiles to only make the most out of them for a couple of months out of the year, right?
Well, you don’t have to! There are several ways in which you can prepare your patio for the winter months, so you, your family and your friends can enjoy the beautiful outdoors all-year-round. Want to find out how? Read on to learn how you can make your patio winter-ready.
Adding some shelter
The first and most obvious way that you can make your patio winter-proof is to add some shelter! This will, of course, protect you from the elements that winter brings, whether that rain, snow or hail. A sturdy, well-placed bit of shelter will allow you to enjoy your patio and outdoor space no matter the weather. And the great thing is, is you have so many shelter options to choose from. Whether it’s an awning, veranda or full-blown garden room, you have several choices to pick from, all suitable for a range of budgets.
Bring the heat
Now, a sturdy shelter will, of course, keep you and your guests dry during the winter, but it may not keep you particularly warm. Therefore, adding some heat to your patio area will make spending time outside during the winter a far more enjoyable experience.
Similarly to a shelter, when it comes to adding some much-needed heat to your patio, you are blessed with a plethora of options. From simple garden heaters to fire pits and chimineas, an abundance of choices are available for you to choose from that are more than likely able to suit any type of budget you may have!
Another creative way that you can make your patio winter-proof is to plant trees and foliage. Now, we understand that planting a tree may sound a little dramatic and we don’t expect you to wait years for one to grow. Instead, you can buy a ready-grown tree and plant it straight into your garden.
Strategic planting of trees and foliage will not only protect you from the elements by acting as another layer of shelter, but they can make your outdoor space feel warmer by adding a depth of colour. Making your time outdoors far more attractive.
Light it up
What is the point of spending time on your patio during the winter if you’re not able to see anything or anyone? We know that the darker nights come around a lot earlier during the winter months so ensuring you’re able to see your surroundings, as well as other people, is just as important as staying dry and warm.
The good thing is that this is a pretty straightforward fix, in that outdoor lighting is a fairly easy thing to add to your patio. You can choose from large candles and string lights to fireplaces which provide both heat and light! Again, the options are vast and will depend on both budget and taste.
No living space would be complete without a few accessories now, would it? Your patio and outdoor area should be treated the same as any indoor space with a range of accessories to make it feel more homely. If you add these, we promise you’ll be more tempted to stay on your patio just that little bit longer.
By far the most popular patio accessories include garden furniture, pillows and plenty of blankets. So, be sure to invest in good quality accessories that make your time outdoors much more comfortable.
Winter is here (a nod to the Starks) and by making your outdoor patio and living space more habitable and comfortable for you and your guests will make you want to spend more time on your patio and less time indoors. So, go ahead and try the things listed above and make the most out of your patio tiles.