When the weather gets warmer and the air fresh, it’s essential to take advantage of the season and enjoy the outdoors. This is much easier to do; however, when there is a comfortable patio ready with everything, you need to have a great summer day outside. Here are just a few ways that you can set up your patio for a fantastic summer with family and friends.
Keep Things Cool
While summer is nothing without basking in the warm sun, it’s important to take care that you don’t overheat. Spending prolonged periods exposed to direct sunlight can result in severe burns and heat exhaustion. It is essential, therefore, that there is adequate shade provided to cover you and your guests, especially when taking breaks between activities. You can produce pockets of shade with umbrellas of varying sizes, or have a roll-up canopy attached to your home to provide lots of high-quality shade. If you have a garden, then you can bring some of that greenery to your patio as well with tall, overhanging plants or trees. Lots of plants even thrive in the shade, making it easy to keep a well-decorated patio without sacrificing the shaded space.
No patio is complete without a place to sit and relax. However, with extreme summer temperatures, certain types of furniture material can be dangerous in how much heat they collect and transfer upon contact with your skin. Metal, in particular, can burn on the touch, and even overheated plastic can make it hard for your body to lose its excess heat and maintain a healthy internal temperature. A wicker chair is a good option in this case because it breathes well and won’t transfer heat. Don’t overcrowd your patio with furniture, though, especially if your space is on the smaller side. Place it strategically, facing outward towards the open spaces so that you can enjoy a natural view or watch activities from the safe comfort of the patio.
Move the Grill
Charcoal, gas, or even electric grill has become something of a staple for modern patios. Fresh vegetables grilled or roasted over an open flame has a unique taste that has become characteristic of summer activities. However, no matter what grill you get, it’s essential to position it carefully for the safety of your home and guests. Fire departments recommend installing grills at least 10 feet away from a building, foliage, or flammable structures. In some states, this is actually required by law, and you’ll incur steep fines if you don’t obey. This is because summer becomes a very hazardous time for fires, as the heat creates the perfect dry environment in many places for fires to spread quickly and dangerously. As long as you follow basic safety guidelines for grill use and care, however, there’s no reason not to enjoy a summer barbecue with friends and family.
Spruce Up the Flooring
The freezing and thawing that takes place throughout winter can do some severe damage to patio flooring. Wood especially can warp under these conditions, and even tiling can crack. It is crucial, therefore, that you, as the homeowner, be vigilant in maintaining the protective coatings and sealants on your patio. This doesn’t need to be done every year, but doing a personal maintenance check and cleaning the patio deck can help prevent damage from accumulating and making re-coating necessary earlier than anticipated. The heat of the summer sun can cause severe damage to your deck if it isn’t protected, so don’t forget to make this check before the summer rolls in.
When you’ve prepared ahead of time, it will be much easier to relax and enjoy the summer weather on your patio. A little maintenance and proper arrangement of furniture and other patio accessories can ensure a healthy, safe, and relaxing summer. Take the time now during your spring cleaning routine to make sure your patio is ready, and you’ll be ready to enjoy your summer break fully.