As summer winds to a close and fall approaches, now is the time to begin thinking about your home’s outdoor living spaces, specifically your patio. Cooler temperatures provide great opportunities to do some upkeep or maintenance as well as prepare for winter.
At Fischer Lumber, we’re here to help you with all your lumber and outdoor needs. And when it comes to preparing your patio for the end of the season, we’ve got you covered with the following tips.
Start by cleaning up your outdoor living spaces. Wipe down and wash any furniture that was used during the summer months – this includes appliances, such as a gas or charcoal grill. Next, sweep or clear away any leaves or debris and use appropriate cleaning solutions to wash surfaces. By doing so regularly you’ll keep away mold and mildew – especially if you have a wooden deck. Plus, by performing regular maintenance in the cooler months, you’ll save yourself time prepping the area again in the spring.
Pro Tip: Resist the urge to shovel snow and ice from your deck or patio in the winter to avoid scratches or chips. Instead, let it melt naturally.
Store and Protect
Remove and replace any spring or summer items and furniture and store them in a dry space throughout the cooler months. If storage is not an option, consider covering them to protect them from harsh winter temperatures. You can use this time to fill in gaps and seal areas of your patio to lock out moisture and prevent salt and ice damage. Patio damage can also be minimized by making sure gutters and downspouts are clear and properly sealed.
Pro Tip: You should reseal your patio every 2-3 years as part of your home’s outdoor maintenance.
Consider Seasonal Updates
Finally, if you decide that you would like to utilize your patio year-round, opt for a few seasonal updates. This includes adding in a heat source, such as a heater or fire pit and upgrading to all-weather furniture. You may even decide to enclose your patio or add an extension. Whatever you choose, Fischer Lumber’s full-service, contractor-oriented lumberyard offers the materials you need to get the job done so you can use your outdoor space however and whenever you would like. Pro Tip: Adding an overhead extension is a great way to keep snow and ice away from your patio or deck, which will aid in general upkeep later on. No matter the project, you can count on Fischer Lumber as your all-in-one stop for lumber, equipment and more. Let our knowledgeable associates help you find anything and everything you need while giving you expert advice on how to get your next patio job done. Visit us today at 210 N. Shamrock, East Alton, IL.