Colder weather is here, and many people think it’s time to leave the outdoor living space until spring. That’s not true! By maintaining your outdoor living space throughout winter, you can continue to enjoy it and have it ready for spring. Here are some winter-ready tips to keep your outdoor living space in great condition throughout winter.
Winter-Ready Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces
Check your outdoor heating units.
Even though it may be cold out, heating units can make your outdoor living space enjoyable. These can be outdoor heating lamps or overhead patio heaters. When the weather starts getting cooler, make sure your outdoor heaters are working properly. Have a professional inspect all elements of the unit to ensure they are working properly.
Winterize any outdoor pipes.
Outdoor installations that involve water can cause problems if the pipes freeze over. Pipes can burst or start to leak. This can not only cause costly damage, but it can put your home at risk for flooding issues. Make sure these pipes do not have any leaks. If you do not plan to use any water pipes during the winter, turn the water off and clear the pipes of any remaining water. This will prevent outdoor pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. Outdoor water installations can be pools, hot tubs, fountains, sprinkler systems, or an outdoor kitchen sink.
Keep the patio or deck clear.
As fall turns to winter, leaves and dead limbs are still falling from trees. Make sure to keep your patio or deck free of any tree debris. Leaving fallen leaves and branches on your deck can stain wood or concrete. Even worse, they present a tripping hazard to you and your guests. Use a broom or leaf blower to remove any built-up debris. Also, don’t forget to clean off any outdoor furniture!
Make sure that there are no gaps or holes in your patio walls.
Your enclosed patio space should be well insulated. While this may seem like a troublesome task for homeowners, professional help makes it easy. Ask your outdoor construction designer the best way to insulate windows and outdoor living areas from cold wind. Sometimes the problems can be easily fixed by the homeowner themselves. Other times you may need a professional’s hand. Having a well-insulated and enclosed patio space will keep your guests warm.
Only build fires in fire pits or outdoor fireplaces.
Not using a dedicated fire pit or outdoor fireplace can pose many potential fire hazards. Poorly extinguished fire can cause brush or wildfire. Wind can also blow embers into areas of flammable materials. This is why you should have a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. Both are safer alternatives, but also provide a polished and elegant look to your outdoor living area.
Protect your yard!
Winterizing your landscape is a key rule to follow when prepping your outdoor living space to be winter-ready. The sudden cold snaps can wreak havoc on a garden area so it’s best to make sure your garden area is protected. Have your landscape designer pull up annuals and install an insulated flower bed. This will make sure any flora or vegetation left in the ground survives the harsh winter cold. A well-protected landscape will not only look good in the winter, but it will also come back better than ever in the spring!
Even though the weather is cold, it is still beautiful outdoors! Follow our winter-ready tips for outdoor living spaces so that you and your family can enjoy it all year. If you need help preparing your outdoor living space for winter or want a completely new one, contact us today! Outdoor Makeover & Living Spaces will create an outdoor living space that you can enjoy year-round, no matter how cold it gets.