As we move steadily out of winter and inch closer towards spring, the time is nearly upon us to start considering the summer and all the antics that come with it. Brighter days and warmer weather can mean any number of things. Sunshine, BBQ’s and relaxing time spent outdoors are all possibilities that can all be improved by enhancing the setting where it all takes place. It’s worth noting that the World Cup is only 4 months away too… and who doesn’t love a good old, World Cup garden party?
With that said, we thought we would take the time to pull together our very own guide of 7 top tips on how best to ready your patio for the summer. Let’s begin!
Readying your Patio for the Summer
1. Clean it!
By cleaning your patio, you will probably discover that it still maintains its original new-looking appearance. Most patios will have an average lifetime of 25 years or more, so it’s worth taking the time to clean it regularly. Patio paint or sealer can be used to protect the surface and ensure it looks spic and span again, while a decent weed killer or fungicidal wash will help to destroy moss, mould and fungi. Long story short, if your patio is dirty then take the time to clean it!
2. Consider your decking area
If you have a decking area as well, don’t neglect it. Your decking will require just as much, if not more, attention than the patio itself. Stones are generally more robust than the wooden panels used to build decking, so you really need to care for your deck. Quality decking stains and paints can be used to ensure your decking is well protected and looks as good as it can for summer.
3. Renovate or replace old furniture
Old furniture should be replaced or refurbished, if you have the time. Garden furniture paint can be purchased for wood, metal and plastic garden furniture, helping you to give it a new lease of life.
4. Replace it
If your patio is really worn out, chipped or cracked, it might be time to consider a new surface. Your local paving contractor will be able to determine whether your patio can be repaired or whether a replacement patio is needed.
A wide range of surface options are available when it comes to considering a new surface for your patio. Block paving (in a range of patterns), concrete, Indian sandstone and limestone are all options that should be considered when looking to ready your patio for the summer.
5. Decorate the surroundings
Decorating your patio surroundings, fence, wall etc. is a great idea if you want to inject some character into your garden. Shimmering mirrors, hanging wind chimes and detailed ornaments are all excellent ideas for ways to decorate your garden and its surroundings.
6. Employ a gardener
If your patio holds hands with a lawn area, it might be worth considering the addition of plants or shrubs to brighten the place up. Employing a gardener is a solid option if you are struggling for time, however, if you have the confidence to do it yourself then you can save yourself some money along the way.
7. Think about creating a shaded area
In the heat of summer, your garden can get extremely hot and sticky (yes, even in the UK!), so it’s worth taking the time to create shaded areas for family and friends to relax away from the sun. Arches, umbrellas and marquees are all solid options, while bigger budgets might want to consider gazebo’s or summer houses.
The patio is one of the best places to relax and unwind when you have some free time. Following our 7 top tips will help to ensure your patio is ready to welcome the summer.