Preparing Your Patio For Summer

 

What does your patio look like right now? Leaves, stacked furniture, maybe some dirt build-up? Winter doesn’t encourage us to get out and maintain our patio or yard, but whipping your outdoor spaces into shape for summer doesn’t have to be difficult – a few simple elements can have them clean and ready to enjoy.

 

Scrub it down

Clean everything! Even a thin layer of dirt can make your patio look dreary and unappealing (and leave a mark on your clothes!). Some water, a stiff broom and a little bit of work will have everything looking and feeling fresh and ready to go.

Reseal or stain if necessary

If your patio has any timber elements, check them for wear and damage like cracking or peeling. If necessary, reseal or reapply stain. This will keep your patio both protected from the summer sun (and summer storms) and have it looking its best. If you aren’t sure how to go about resealing or staining, check out our previous post for some handy tips.

Check furniture

Inspect your outdoor furniture for imperfections. This is especially important if it’s been sitting outside, exposed to the elements. Make sure chairs are still structurally sound and look for rips in any material. If you notice any significant damage, now is the time to replace your outdoor setting. Future guests will appreciate it!

Arrange your space

Once everything is clean and ready to be used, you can go about setting up the patio. Consider the flow of traffic, accessibility to features like the barbeque, and lighting. Don’t forget to think about styling – small details like outdoor placemats, or a shade umbrella if your patio isn’t covered, can make a big difference to both appearance and comfort.

Add the final touches

Summer means mozzies and heat. If you want the ultimate patio for your friends and family to enjoy, consider including a bug zapper, a fan and a cooler for drinks. If you’re working with a smaller space, consider wall-mounting elements like your barbeque, and think about trading in your full table setting for a bar or cocktail-style table. A little bit of planning can go a long way to making your patio perfect for the warmer months!

At Altec, we pride ourselves on being Brisbane's leading patio builders – for more information about our services or materials, get in touch with our friendly team.

 

Tips For Resealing Your Deck

 

Summer is just around the corner, which means entertaining season is creeping up as well! Over the cooler months, you may have let your deck be taken over by leaves and debris, but with clearer days here, it’s time to get on top of that. Resealing your deck is important for keeping it looking great as well as protecting the timber from the elements.

 

Here are our top tips for resealing your deck:

  1. 1. Clean it thoroughly

You can’t reseal your deck until it has been properly cleaned. This generally means using a pressure washer, but if you aren’t experienced with this, it can be worth getting a professional in. Bear in mind, if you don’t use the washer correctly, you may damage the wood.

  1. 2. Treat and/or repair any damaged areas

If you notice any cracks or splintered places on your deck, sand them before attempting anything else.

  1. 3. Select a quality sealant

Make sure you match your wood and sealant appropriately. If possible, it’s always worth consulting an expert when it comes to this.

 

When should you reseal your deck?

How often you need to reseal your deck can depend on a few factors. These may include:

  • •  What type of stain or sealant was used
  • •  How extreme the weather is
  • •  How exposed to the weather your deck is.

As a guide, you shouldn’t have to reseal your deck more than once per cycle of seasons (so once a year). This is generally the case for places with high temperatures, or if your deck is fully exposed to sunlight. With a quality sealant and some degree of weather protection, every 2-3 years will often suffice.

 

Checking your deck

It can be tricky to tell when your deck needs resealing. Pour water on it and see whether it beads or soaks in. If it soaks in, it may be time to reseal it – water getting into the wood can be a recipe for warping and damage. Alternatively, if you can see cracks and bubbles on the surface of the finish, this is a fairly safe indicator that it is time to reseal.

When it comes to protecting your deck, putting in a little bit of cash and elbow grease now really is worth the effort – it can save you having to invest in replacing your deck earlier than you would have to otherwise.

For any questions regarding deck maintenance or installation, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our friendly team can give you all the info you need to keep your deck looking sharp and protect it from the elements.

 

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