How to Protect Your Outdoor Living Space During WinterDecember 24th, 2014 | by Admin Deck Experts | in Outdoor Living Space | 0
You have invested a lot of time and money into your beautiful outdoor living space, making it a paradise to enjoy during warm months. While you can’t enjoy your the area as much during the winter, you can do a bit of preemptive work to keep it in the best shape possible until it’s time to head outdoors again.
The amount of work you will have to do to protect your outdoor living space during winter depends a lot on the structure of the area. If your living space is fully enclosed you will not have to worry as much about possible precipitation and freezing temperatures, but if it is a completely exposed deck or patio, weather will play more of a role in its longevity.
Cover or Move Furniture and Outdoor Accessories
Assuming that your patio or decking is at least partially exposed to the elements, it is a good idea to cover or put away anything that can be damaged by moisture or below-freezing temperatures. Fabric furniture or other delicate textiles can be easily ruined by snow or rain even if they are specifically designed to be water resistant — use any covers available for grills and untreated outdoor furniture, and bring pillows and other accessories indoors.
Sealing and Protecting
The surfaces of your outdoor living space may be easily protected with a water repelling finishing product. Wood floors, tables, and the deck or patio surface itself can be treated with an appropriate sealer. Make sure you follow any manufacturer’s instructions before applying finishing products.
It’s also a good idea to do a final cleaning of your patio and any furniture and accessories before winter sets in. Cold temperatures can make stains permanent, so do your best to clean up before it’s too late.
A bit of preventative maintenance goes a long way in making your outdoor living space sparkle for spring.