Winter and cold storms can be dangerous for some; for others, it is imaginative, snowy, filled with a fireplace and hot tea. In some cities, the mornings are freezing, the atmospheric condition is sub-zero, and the physical landscape is icy. Regardless of our shared experience during the winter season, it is vital to prepare your exterior space and backyards for the chilly months. Our priority should be making sure that our outdoor living space is safe and risk-free during the winter.
Reports have shown that some safety hazards are littered in every backyard, and this article will highlight how to secure your decks, patio, pools, and landscape for the winter.
Homes with paved walkways, decks, and patios have many measures to take to improve the safety of the outdoor areas during winter. Before the snowy months, it is essential you clean up your pavers, also sweep away dead leaves, litterfall, and soil litter from the area. Ensure your pavers are adequately sealed before the freezing period. Dead leaves are known to cause repulsive smudges when abandoned until spring. Sealing your pavers will not only safeguard them from harsh weather elements but retain their looks.
As the emphasis is on safety and hazard-prevention during the winter, we advise you to install a composite decking material for your patio or outdoor space. While decking materials will ensure a safe flooring surface during the winter, as the risk of slippery is very high in the icy period, they are also durable and prevent mould and eukaryotic organisms’ growth rot. These decking materials made of composites have a grooved-channeled texture surface of the highest slip-resistance rating.
Remember that the winter season is characterized by fewer daylight hours. This may be disappointing to most as they may not be able to savor their backyards and exterior living space for long. The best way to illuminate your backyards and patio is by getting an energy-saving light or bulbs. This will allow your backyard to be safe to relax in during the winter. The efficient lighting system will light up pathways, create safety, and generate an enthralling or visually appealing ambiance/atmosphere. It will also drastically reduce the occurrence of injuries. The pool areas can also be illuminated with underwater lights.
Your patio furniture (chairs and tables) can be negatively impacted by moisture, increasing the growth of mould, bacteria, rot, and shrinkage. Winter storms may be accompanied by precipitation, rainfall, and hail. Snow has the potential to damage your wooden furniture considerably.
Protecting your furniture is of the utmost importance. This can be done with the use of quality waterproof sealant on wooden furniture. Iron furniture should be painted with anti-corrosive paint.
Avoid Slippery Ground
One thing that happens in most parts of the UK during the winter season is snowfall. This can create safety hazards for the family, especially if you have children who would love to run around the backyard. There are so many ways you could minimize slippery backyard during the winter period. If you have decking installed, make sure sure you prevent growing fungus and being filled with leaves. However, since some decking materials can be slippery, it might be nice to use anti-slip rubber mats on your deck. While these mats will not make your backyard look gorgeous, they help protect your household members from getting injured.
It will be cozy and warm to spend the winter evening around an outdoor fireplace in the company of friends or loved ones. You can spice up your outdoor fireplace or fire pit in preparation for the cold winter. Ensure your seasoned wood is kept in a dried place. We recommend heavier wood because it offers the most heat. Ensure you store starter firewood.
Before lighting up your fire pits, make sure the place is clear of litter and wastes, ensure you cut off or trim the branches of surrounding plants where the outdoor fireplace is located to prevent the risk of fire. Do not burn driftwood as it releases harmful chemicals.
As soon as the snowy season begins, there is still work left to be done. Make sure ice and snow do not remain on your deck board for long; use a broom to push or sweep them off. Following the steps above will help you keep your backyard free of hazards and risks during the winter.