Rae Lewis. Patio. August 01st , 2017.
Cheer Up Your Concrete Patio! Many people now use their patio as the center of their home entertaining. But for some homes, the patio is still simply a concrete pad in the back yard. If you want to start using your patio for barbecues, outdoor dining or just as somewhere to sit and relax, then maybe the time has come to do something about the drab, old, and perhaps cracked concrete slab. Why not give it a makeover, and improve the value of your home at the same time?
Vinyl is the ideal choice if you are looking for a maintenance-free material that will not require staining or painting. Vinyl also last longer than wood and is resistant to decay and rot. Choose the UV resistant vinyl that will not discolor or fade after sun exposure if you are going with this option.
An alternative to a complete awning is a shade sail. Shade sails can be custom made to any size you require, or you can combine a number of smaller ones to cover a larger area (the solution you choose will depend partly on your site, and partly on your budget). Shade sails work by a tension system - the sails, often triangular in shape, are anchored to tension points which may be attached to the walls of the dwelling or to the tops of poles sunk into the ground. They have the advantage of being portable: if you sell your home, you can move the sail to your new home and reinstall it for the price of new tension points.
Finally, comes the best (or worse) part of this decision. Style and quality. You only get what you pay for, I don’t care what that sales person says. Styles are abundant and can be even a central point for your patio, but you will pay a little more for that. Quality to me is king. Why purchase something I am going to need to replace soon and then have to pay even more for. I would rather put off getting one for a time to have the money needed to get the right one, then pay now and later and possibly even not have enough power to provide the heat I am looking for anyway.
Pergolas and arches can be ornamental or functional. When using an arch for a functional purpose, you could add a swing or bench to create somewhere cozy to sit and enjoy your garden. A pergola can be useful as an overhead patio or deck covering and can be designed to add shade to an outdoor seating area.
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