With winter coming to an end, there's no better time than now to prepare your patio for the upcoming spring season. As the weather warms, homeowners and family members tend to migrate outdoors. With a patio, you can host backyard barbecues and enjoy the mild weather. However, there are a few things you'll need to do first. For more information on how to prepare your patio for spring, keep reading.
One of the first steps in preparing your patio for spring is sweeping it. Using a push broom, sweep any leaves, pine straw or other debris off your patio.
Pressure Wash It
When was the last time that you pressure washed your patio? If it's been years, or never, you should consider renting or buying a pressure washer. Sweeping your patio with a push broom will remove most superficial dirt, but it's not going to remove dirt that's become embedded deep into the wooden planks. To restore the appearance of your patio, you really need to pressure wash it. Using high-pressure water, a pressure washer will remove mold, mildew and grime while making your patio look years younger in the process.
If you want to go the extra mile with your patio decor, you should consider painting over it with a finish. Doing so offers several benefits. First and foremost, the right finish will add an attractive element to your patio, turning an otherwise faded deck into a rich, deep color. Secondly, adding a finish can protect your patio from moisture damage. This alone should be reason enough to add it.
Bring Out the Furniture
Assuming you placed your patio furniture in storage for the winter, you should bring it out again. It's difficult to fully enjoy your patio without furniture. You don't have to necessarily use an entire outdoor patio set, but you should have some basic items at the very least. This includes seating like chairs and lounges as well as a table. If your patio isn't covered, you may also want to use an umbrella. An umbrella will protect you and your guests from the sun and rain, allowing you to enjoy your patio just a little more.
Following these tips will allow you to prepare your patio for the upcoming spring season. Most importantly, though, remember to use your patio. When the weather is nice, go outside to enjoy it.