Tips to Prepare your Patio for Winter

Face it. Winter is coming. It might break your heart to pack up your patio, but taking the time to winterize your outdoor space now before the snow comes will make it that much quicker to start using it again in the spring. Here are a few basic winterizing tips that will make your life… Read More


Face it. Winter is coming. It might break your heart to pack up your patio, but taking the time to winterize your outdoor space now before the snow comes will make it that much quicker to start using it again in the spring.

Here are a few basic winterizing tips that will make your life that much easier in April.

Cover Your AC Unit

This first tip is one most new homeowners don’t think of, but covering up your outdoor AC unit will protect it from harsh weather and maintain the life of your unit longer. Sugar House makes custom AC unit covers with high-quality, industrial-grade material that is durable and resistant to fading or tearing. They are built to withstand rain, hail, or heavy snow—anything the winter might throw at you.

Protect Your Furniture

Don’t leave your patio furniture out to weather the winter alone. Anything that cannot be moved into storage should be properly covered with a thick, durable material to protect it from snow and ice and to prevent mildew, warping, cracking, or fading. Sugar House makes customized canvas covers to fit any shape, so even your custom-made grilling center can be properly protected.

Store Your Garden Accessories

There’s nothing sadder than having the snow finally melt and finding your favorite spade has been sitting in the dirt and wet the whole winter and is now rusted beyond saving. Set aside a place in your garage or shed specifically for your garden tools to keep them easily accessible when planting season finally arrives. Having everything in order now will make it easier to motivate yourself when the sun finally comes back.

Clean the Grill

Cleaning your grill before winter will save you any nasty surprises in a few months as well as extend the life of your grill. Grills are always easier to clean when warm, so before cleaning grates and internal parts, run the grill on high heat for fifteen minutes. This will help loosen up any stray chunks of food or char. If your grill cannot be moved into a garage or storage space, it needs to be tightly covered with a thick, waterproof material to protect it from harsh weather exposure.

Winterize Your Outdoor Faucets

 First, make sure to disconnect and properly store any outdoor hoses to prevent cracking and rotting. Next, shut off your outdoor valves from the inside by turning them completely clockwise. After shut-off, go outside and turn on all the faucets to drain any water left in them. If you live in a particularly harsh winter region, think about getting exterior insulation sleeves for your faucets as well.

Clean Your Gutters

It’s one of the least liked household chores, but it’s absolutely necessary to the health of your house. Making sure water can drain clearly and properly will prevent leaks, roofing issues, and foundation flooding. Getting rid of the build-up of debris and autumn leaves will also lead to a much less stressful spring.


4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Patio in the Fall

Too many people abandon their patios and backyards as soon as September hits. But no matter where you live in the country, there are still a few more months to enjoy your backyard, especially if you pay attention to certain design details now. A cozy, comfortable place to enjoy late summer chills and those beautiful… Read More


Too many people abandon their patios and backyards as soon as September hits. But no matter where you live in the country, there are still a few more months to enjoy your backyard, especially if you pay attention to certain design details now. A cozy, comfortable place to enjoy late summer chills and those beautiful October afternoons is simple to pull off and will encourage your whole family to take full advantage of your outdoor living space.


Install a Patio Awning

The truth of the matter is if your patio is covered, you’ll be more likely to stay outside longer as the evenings get darker and colder. In addition to providing weather cover, an awning adds a dimension to the outdoor room that makes it feel a little more enclosed. Plus, with a multitude of colors and patterns available, an awning can bring a whole design together. Enjoy incoming clouds and gorgeous sunsets without worrying about errant raindrops, and keep the patio furniture out longer as well.

Year-Round Plants

Incorporate plants that stay green all year long, like evergreens, to make sure your yard has some color as the landscape starts to get brown. Flowering shrubs like mountain laurel or evergreen azalea keep leaf color even after their blooming times are over, and some cover plants like winter heath will even bloom in the winter. Shrubs like bearberry may lose their flowers, but they keep bright red berries all winter long. When designing your flower beds, alternate plants with different blooming times to get the most color out of the yard throughout the whole year. Check with a garden professional to see what plants work best in your region.

Add More Lighting

Patio, deck, and landscape lighting can beautifully transform a space with just a few simple installations. More light will keep you feeling a little warmer and more comfortable, and it will encourage you to stay out in the yard after dark for dinner grilling or late-night wine sipping. Solar-powered lights come in an array of different colors, sizes, and placement options, and they operate at practically no cost to you.

Keep It Warm

 Of course, central to using your deck or patio in the fall should be a fire pit or fireplace. A focal point for any outdoor living arrangement, a well-designed fire pit gives you a reason to stay outside even when the temperature drops, and it adds gorgeous ambiance to your whole space. When designing your fire pit, the first thing to think about is placement. Close to the house may be more convenient, but will your living room smell like smoke? Putting the firepit a little farther out in the yard is less of a fire hazard, and this will keep smoke out of your windows. Do you want an above-ground or in-ground pit? Will you be cooking on it? When picking materials, don’t be afraid to go with different patterns and designs of stones.

 

 

SugarHouse Industries is the largest provider of custom awnings, boat tops and specialty canvas covers in the Intermountain West. Established in 1941, our family-owned business remains committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That is why we custom-make every product we offer to fit the unique needs of our clients. Read our Google Reviews to see why our customers have been choosing SugarHouse for the past 75 years.

 


Expand Your Home Beyond Its Walls

Your home is more than just the sum of the rooms of your house. With smart planning and design, you can turn your boring backyard into an outdoor room that keeps you as comfortable outside as in. SugarHouse has the right kind of shades and sun protection to keep you as comfortable outside as in.… Read More


Your home is more than just the sum of the rooms of your house. With smart planning and design, you can turn your boring backyard into an outdoor room that keeps you as comfortable outside as in. SugarHouse has the right kind of shades and sun protection to keep you as comfortable outside as in. Here are five popular ways Utah homeowners use to turn their patio or yard into beautiful, useful spaces.

The Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen can be a bit more expensive proposition, but it’s worth it, especially if you live in a region with warmer weather. First of all, everything tastes better when it’s grilled outside. That’s just an empirical fact. Outdoor kitchens in the summer help cut down on heat in the house, and a large overhead awning connecting the kitchen to the house will help shade the windows as well as your dining set.

The Outdoor Living Room

 Adding an outdoor living room opens up the entire home. Keep things like natural perimeters and focal pieces in mind. A retractable shade can be utilized to provide privacy, keep off evening glare, or protect from wind. A fire pit or fireplace will greatly extend the useful hours of the space, but pieces of art or water features work as focal pieces too. Keep the room close to an indoor access to encourage a more organic flow between the two. A great outdoor rug goes a long way toward bringing the colors together.

The Pool Area

Providing protection from the sun is a key part of building a comfortable pool area space where you will want to spend the day. Design different places to hang out—a larger table for gatherings, a smaller one in a slightly more private spot for more intimacy, or a fire-pit for late-night entertaining. Mix up colors and patterns in your design. Bright shades and awnings provide pops of color while keeping off the dangerous sun.

The Meditation Area

 

Imagine spending your Saturday morning relaxing in the sun under a pretty canopy, the bees buzzing in the flowers. A slightly private garden island for reading, tea drinking, or yoga can quickly become your favorite spot in the whole house. It’s especially nice if you have a smaller yard and will give you a finished look without the large space renovation needed for patios or pools. A garden island also gives you a chance to show off your landscaping skills.

The Play Area

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the kids were outside more? An inviting play area of their very own will get them out of the house and out of your hair while encouraging healthy outdoor habits. Make sure to provide lots of sun protection for the kids. Temporary umbrellas or shade sails are a popular solution and look beautiful while being useful. Laying down rubber flooring, safety tiles, or mulch will keep the structured design of the back yard neat and defined.

 

SugarHouse Industries is the largest provider of custom awnings, boat tops and specialty canvas covers in the Intermountain West. Established in 1941, our family-owned business remains committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That is why we custom-make every product we offer to fit the unique needs of our clients. Read our Google Reviews to see why our customers have been choosing SugarHouse for the past 75 years.