Is your patio ready for summer?

Assess Patio Condition

Before pulling your outdoor furniture out of storage, take the time to check the condition of your patio. Any damage that occurred during winter should be repaired before using the deck. For wood decks, damage usually presents in the form of worn-out wood that’s rotting, splitting, or twisting. Stone, concrete, brick, and tile patios may have formed cracks. The damaged areas may need replacing.

Find a Source of Shelter

Sitting outdoors in the summer can be a real scorcher. Be sure that your family and guests are well protected from the elements by adding a source of shelter. Consider a large patio umbrella or sunscreens that provides shade while sitting at the patio table or set up over a lounge chair. Outdoor awnings and pergolas are also excellent options for summer parties when shade is crucial for comfort.

Add Entertainment

If you’re looking for sources of entertainment on your patio, there are plenty to choose from. Outdoor bars are a popular option, and they don’t even have to be permanent. Organize drinks, ice, and cups on a tiered rolling cart for an inexpensive alternative. Another fun source of entertainment for patios is fire pits. Fire pits can be purchased to allow for mobility, or built with bricks or stones.