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Tips to Prepare Your Patio for Winter

Posted on December 6, 2019

San Antonio Patio Maintenance

Keep your patio covered this winter while you keep yourself warm inside.

Winter is on its way, which means you'll probably use your patio far less this season than you might throughout the rest of the year. However, your patio will still be exposed to the elements, including winter storms, debris, and critters. How can you prepare it for the colder months so that it stays in great shape for the coming spring and summer? Here are a few of our best tips:

Clean Up Any Debris

Leaves and other debris may seem harmless, but if those leaves get wet in a storm and are left lying on the surface of your patio, you could have an issue with unattractive stains in the seasons going forward. More jagged debris like branches could result in scratches. While the weather is still dry, sweep off any debris to protect your patio. This may also be a good time to consider investing in a patio cover in order to protect your patio from future debris.

Check For Gaps and Cracks

Patios typically have a cement surface, but even cement can become worn down with time. Before winter comes in, check for any gaps in the cement or any cracks that could have formed over time. Not only are these cracks unattractive, but if left unattended, you'll soon have patches of weeds poking up through the spaces in between. Fill in these gaps with cement or polymer sand in order to return a smooth finish to your patio and protect it from the chance of any weeds.

Clear Your Gutters and Downspouts

This may be a less intuitive step. After all, your gutters and downspouts have to do with your roof, right? However, they do affect the rest of your home. If your gutters are clogged and no longer able to funnel water from the roof away from the house, that water will run down the sides of the house, often landing on the patio or nearby. If your downspouts are directed near the patio, you could have issues with ice in the coldest months of the year, so you'll want to make sure water is being funneled away from your outdoor living space.

Need help ensuring that your patio can stand up to the winter this year? Interested in investing in a patio cover for future years? Contact Paradise Decks & Spas today for more information or a free estimate.

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