If you’re looking at adding new outdoor living space to your backyard, that means you’ve probably spent a lot of time researching and comparing different Stratco patio costs for your Melbourne home. But once you’ve decided which Stratco patio installer you want to hire, it’s a relatively easy process getting your new outdoor space set up and ready for use. But as with any home installation, it’s important to learn and keep in mind how to maintain your new house addition so that you can maximise its longevity and make use of it for the years to come. Below, some tips and things to consider to keep your new patio in the best shape throughout the seasons.
Keep an eye on your gutters
Make sure that you check your gutters for debris every so often. It’s ideal to do this before and after winter, as things like leaves, sticks, and other miscellaneous objects can get stuck in your gutters because of regular showers. These items may block your gutters and lead to leaks and damages down the road.
Protect your outdoor furniture.
If you’ve invested in outdoor furniture to truly liven up your chosen outdoor area, it makes sense to prolong the life of your furnishings by making sure they are well protected. This is not just from the heat of Australian summers, but also from the rains during winter. Planning your furniture placement is a good first step. Keep lounges and chairs, for example, in areas that are fully sheltered from the sun’s harsh UV rays, and invest in outdoor blinds, or furniture covers for times when the rain may get into your outdoor space. Doing so can help prevent water damage, moisture build up and even rust.
Pay attention to your roof
The roof part of your patio is perhaps the most neglected area, as it is hard to reach and see. But it also needs some care to continuously look its best. Every couple of months or so, stepping up a ladder and hosing down the roof with some water and soap can help keep away bugs and dirt, which can encourage sediment build-up and age the material of your roofing quicker.
Be vigilant against mould and other build-ups
Because your patio is exposed to the elements, it’s important to scrub it down when you see signs of mould and/or dirt. Mould, especially, can grow during the colder and wetter months, so using a scourer with some soapy water can help maintain the strikingly new look of your patio for longer. Sometimes, even just wiping down problem spots can be enough!
These are only a few easy ways to look after your patio to keep it looking fresh and clean. Keeping up your patio care will ensure that you can experience your outdoor space with fewer headaches, and more enjoyment.