If you live in the Perth area, there’s little doubt that your patio is one of the most cherished areas of your home.
While you can use patios for relaxing, hosting, and making al fresco memories all year round, it’s during the summer months that Perth patios really come to life.
But, to get the most from your patio and all it has to offer during the summer months, maintenance and preparation is key.
As one of Perth’s leading patio experts, we know a thing or two about proper prep & maintenance—and we’re going to share some top tips with you now.
Let’s get started.
Perth patio preparation
First up, we’re going to talk about prep. To get your patio summer-ready, here are a few essential preps you should make.
Tidy your garden
As a major part of your yard or garden, your patio complements your lawn, shrubs, and every other aspect of your outdoor space—this works both ways.
What we mean is, to make your patio space as pleasant and practical as possible (basically maximising your outdoor space), you should cut your lawn, get rid of unwanted weeds, plant some fresh shrubs, and create an accessible pathway between your patio and lawn area.
Clean your patio furniture & accessories
If you’re planning to spend a lot of time hanging out in your patio area over the warmer months, you should clean up your BBQ, accessories, and furniture in advance.
You should also invest in new cushions or covers for your patio furniture if required and add a couple of bins or trash cans to your space to keep it clean and tidy over the summer.
Create shade & shelter
As you will know, the sun can really beat down in Perth over the summer (it can rain unexpectedly sometimes too!).
With this in mind, you should add a couple of fans to your patio space and if possible and invest in a canvas cover, outdoor blinds or a permanent roof to create shade and shelter from the elements. This will ensure you can enjoy your patio in safety and comfort.
Perth patio maintenance
We’ve covered the prep, now it’s time to look at the maintenance side of things. These practical tips will help you keep your patio in great shape during the warmer months.
To enjoy all the benefits of your patio during the summer months, you should clean your patio thoroughly both before and once during the summer season.
Sweeping all of the debris away with a stiff broom and cleaning every paving slab with a hard cleaning brush and plenty of soapy water will do the trick—but, for an industrial-style sheen, you could invest in a pressure washer.
It’s very common for weeds to grow in between patio slabs, especially after periods of wetter weather.
To weed your patio effectively, a handheld garden weeding tool will help you move most of the growth without disturbing your paving slabs. To finish the job, you should invest in a weedkiller.
But, for the best results, you must make sure that the weedkiller is made for patios and you should also follow the manufacturer’s instructions with care.
Sealing your patio is optional for the warmer months, but it is worth doing. By sealing your patio slabs and stonework, you will help it to maintain its shine while withstanding the increased heat.
Patio sealing solution is pretty cost-effective and there are plenty of choices out there. But again, do a little research before committing to a patio sealer and make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions down to the last detail.
We hope these top tips will help you get the most from your patio during the summer months. If you would like to upgrade your existing patio or invest in a new one for the summer, we can help.