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.