There are tiny buds on trees, the birds are more vocal, the sun is out longer, and there is that balmy feeling in the air synonymous with spring. So long, winter, hello longer days, more sunshine, and flowers galore. That means it’s time to strip your patio of all its coverings and protective layers and bring out the furniture, outerwear, and tiki torches (if you’re into that).
The process of getting your patio ready for warmer weather is a bit simpler than prepping it for winter. Instead of adding layers of sealant and coatings to keep salt and ice away, you really just need a weekend to get your patio ready for its time to shine.
Even when you cover your patio, there’s a chance salt, winter debris, and dirt can get underneath and stick to the surface of your hardscape throughout the winter, possibly causing stains or impressions to be left on your surface.
The first step is to powerwash your patio to remove—with force—any built up leaves, twigs, dirt, or soil that blew under your covering during winter. If you don’t opt to cover your patio during the colder months, it’s still smart to do a quick powerwash to remove any lingering salt buildup or calcium deposits that can form from laying down mixtures to melt ice.
Once your patio is clean and dry, take some time to scour the surface for any damage that may have occurred during the winter. Check for small cracks, holes, dents, or other dings that may have hurt the surface of your patio. Now is the time to patch things up. Fill in cracks and replace any severely damaged tiles, stones, or pavers.
Even small cracks can grow in the changing weather and lead to larger problems, so it’s best to fill in anything you see. If you notice that your powerwash didn’t remove all the stains on your patio, including pesky leaf deterioration stains, you can purchase heavy duty cleaners from any hardware store, apply those to stained areas, scrub, and rewash.
Bring Out the Furniture
It’s finally time to get all your outdoor furniture out of storage and back where it belongs. If you opt to cover your patio furniture during winter, carefully take off each layer, make sure the coverings are dry before storing, and check your furniture for any rust or calcium build up—depending on the materials.
Most outdoor furniture fairs well in winter when covered, but if you have plastic tables and chairs, they may have been compromised during freezing temperatures, so before you take a load off, check for cracking and weak spots.
Reconnect Kitchens and Bars
A large part of preparing for winter is turning off the connections of your outdoor kitchen or bar so pipes don’t freeze and your outerwear isn’t damaged. Now, you can safely turn those connections back on, including your water hookups and any gas or electric cooktops you may have.
Be sure to check the weather for the rest of the month to see what the highs and lows are predicted to be. Since March is unpredictable, you want to ensure there will be no more freezing temperatures coming, which can cause damage to your outdoor living space.
For more information on hardscapes, or if you’d like to talk to someone about installing or upgrading your current outdoor living space, let us know. We can help you build the backyard you’ve always wanted.