7 Tips to Get Your Garden Patio Ready for the Summer

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.


Learn how to transform your patio with our 5 top tips

During the summer months, wouldn’t it be nice if you could enjoy a superb looking patio that provides a relaxing zone for you to live outside your home? Well, you can; and we’re here to tell you how.

What to do with your patio outside?

There are plenty of things that you can do to transform the outside living areas of your home. You might consider upgrading your driveway at the front of your home or you might be thinking of innovative ways to make the patio at the rear or side of your home look nicer. Below, we reveal 5 of the best ways to enhance your patio and ensure you and your family have a better place to spend time during the warmer months. Let’s begin!

1. Create a cooking area

If you love food then a BBQ/outdoor cooking area would be highly suited to you. Rather than spending everyday confined to the realms of your kitchen, why not take the time to consider ways you can enhance your patio with a cooking area. When the sun comes out to play, fire up your BBQ and enjoy cooking in your garden. We are sure your family and friends wouldn’t say no to a burger or too either…

2. Build shelter for harsh weather

If you are worried about the weather, why not consider adding shelter? For those on a budget, a tabled with an umbrella might be an option, as would a free-standing marquee to protect you when you eat. You might also consider extending the roofing of your home so that you can sit snuggly next to it. Take the time to consider all patio shelter options and you can enjoy your garden through all 4 seasons, rather than just the summer.

3. Invest in a new surface

Buying a new patio is one of the best ways of bringing it back to life, especially if your patio is old and the surface is worn. There are several block paving options available when it comes to resurfacing your patio area, so it’s worth taking the time to get a quote and find out how much it would cost to get a new patio for our garden at home.

4. Make it your go-to place for relaxing

Even if you only have a small patio area to work with, there is plenty that can be done to make it your go-to place for relaxing when you are at home. Investing in a bench, swing seat or table and chairs can mean you have somewhere to sit at least. Other furnishings or decor can help you to make it your own as you decorate it in a unique way that suits you.

5. Think outside the box

Look past the patio itself and the think about how you can enhance your whole garden. Consider getting a new fence, wall or even steps to make the whole area a lot more inviting and accessible. Steps can be used to connect a garden and a patio more effectively, while new (or newly decorated) fences and walls can bring your garden surrounds a new, fresh look that makes you want to spend time in it.

How can we help?

Central Paving offer a range of paving solutions to help you enhance your patio. Call us today for a FREE estimate over the phone and we can arrange a suitable time to visit your property. This way we can measure up and provide you with a more accurate quote. Thanks for reading – We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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