As every busy mother knows, there’s nothing like a quick break away from the noise and confusion of little ones prancing loudly around the house. Once you’ve put them down for their daytime nap, it’s time for your little reprieve which you love to enjoy outdoors gazing out into the serenity of your lovely back garden. Unfortunately, there are some seasons of the year which make it almost impossible to sit on your back patio. The good news is, that doesn’t need to be a problem if you find ways to protect your quiet space from any seasonal discomfort Mother Nature may throw at you.
Awnings Should Be Your First Priority
If you want to protect your patio from anything nature might throw your way, awnings should be your first priority. However, not all awnings are built up to a standard that you require. They must be strong as well as attractive. If you have any questions about what kinds of awnings are best suited to your home, you might want to talk to the veteran installation team at Nationwide Home Innovations, with more than three decades serving homeowners. Bespoke verandas and awnings are their specialty and if you want that extra bit of protection, talk to them about their choice quality of awning fabrics. These can be easily cleaned while offering maximum sunscreen during the heat of day in hot summer months.
Seal Wood Patio or Deck Flooring
Another thing to think about is how to protect a wooden patio or deck flooring from moisture. Whilst the spring and summer months can result in a deluge of water pouring out of the sky, winter months can be wet as well. Don’t forget to periodically inspect, seal and reseal wood patio floors to keep the wood from rotting. Although you can sit dryly under that awning, heavy rain or snow can fall at angles and you wouldn’t want your wood patio furniture and flooring to warp.
Have Gutters and Downspouts Inspected and Cleaned
One of the things that many homeowners don’t think about is what clogged or broken gutters can do to the awning over their patios. Those clogged gutters and downspouts can cause a build-up of water or snow which can suddenly cause additional stress on the roof. If installed correctly, this is not usually a problem, but imagine trying to clean all the muck off the roof that was suddenly let loose from a clogged gutter. The best defence is to have those gutters inspected and cleaned at least twice a year.
You’ve had that patio built to enjoy so it would be a shame if you couldn’t enjoy it every day of the year. With a just a little forethought and a bit of preparation, you can have a patio covered with awnings that you can enjoy in the hottest of summer to the coldest days of winter. It’s up to you to protect your patio and these suggestions can help you do just that.