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How to Make Your Patio Pop With Color

A backyard should be a refuge. A place where your family and friends want to spend their lazy summer afternoons. This summer, add style and depth to your backyard with some easy design tips that don’t cost a fortune. With some swipes of color and simple installations, you can create a bright, inviting space that… Read More


A backyard should be a refuge. A place where your family and friends want to spend their lazy summer afternoons. This summer, add style and depth to your backyard with some easy design tips that don’t cost a fortune. With some swipes of color and simple installations, you can create a bright, inviting space that will lift moods and create memories all summer long.

Protect Yourself From the Sun With Style

Seamlessly extend your indoor living space outdoors by creating a deck or patio space as comfortable as your living room. Adding a retractable awning with a colorful fabric provides important sun cover when you need it, and open sky when you don’t, increasing the number of hours you can get out of your patio. Pick a reliable, name brand awning fabric, like Sunbrella, that comes with a guarantee against mold and rot, and will require little maintenance. And there are any number of bright colors and patterns to choose from. Stripes will help accentuate other patterns in your landscaping, or pick a solid that harmonizes with the rest of your house.

Give Old Furniture New Life

One of the easiest ways to brighten up a backyard is by updating your outdoor furniture. This can be as simple as applying a few coats of paint to old pieces. Be sure to use a paint or stain meant for exterior surfaces, and have fun with the colors. Take a look at the flowers and plants you have in the yard for inspiration. Metal or wicker furniture is often cheap, and is easy to paint. If you prefer neutral furniture, then accessorize with throw pillows or an outdoor rug in rich hues.

Let’s Talk About Flowers

Planting flowers can be intimidating. After all, not everyone is a natural gardener. But there are varieties for every kind of environment that can easily add color and beauty to your backyard. Look for native species that will be naturally hardy. In the South, try phlox, hibiscus, and Black-Eyed Susans for great contrast. In the Midwest, ground cover flowers like Poppy Mallow and Wild Anemone will provide color for most of the growing season, and in the dry Southwest, primrose and four-o-clocks will fill your yard with fragrance and hummingbirds.

 

Get Off Your Deck

It can be tempting to stick close to the house, but your entire backyard can be a livable, welcoming space by creating a simple island with a canopy and some seats. Lay some colorful patio stones down, add some solar powered lights, and you’ve got a great place to relax among the flowers and bees. A vibrantly colored slide wire cable canopy is easily retractable, and will keep a light and airy feel while giving you protection during the hot midday. A few plants in painted pots will balance out the aesthetic—look for varieties that attract butterflies and create a garden oasis that’s perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee in.

 

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.

 


Backyard Safety Tips for a Worry-Free Summer

Summer is almost here, and thank goodness. All winter long, your backyard has been waiting for you. With the warm arrival of Spring, it’s time to get those engines oiled up and start visiting the gardening center. But it’s also important to think about your family’s safety, and take precautions now to make sure everyone… Read More


Summer is almost here, and thank goodness. All winter long, your backyard has been waiting for you. With the warm arrival of Spring, it’s time to get those engines oiled up and start visiting the gardening center. But it’s also important to think about your family’s safety, and take precautions now to make sure everyone has a healthy, happy summer. Make your backyard a safe and enjoyable place for the whole family, with these safety tips for accident and injury-proofing your backyard, so you can think about other things. Like grilling the perfect steak.

 

  1. Childproof Your Pool

In-ground or above ground, a backyard pool is essential to surviving the summertime heat. Unfortunately, over 200 young children a year die in pool-related accidents. If you have young children in the house, protect them by installing a fence or barrier around the pool, with a self-closing gate. Make sure that whenever the pool is not in use, all ladders are pulled up, and the pool itself is covered. And always make sure your water is clean, with proper filtration and circulation. This will prevent ear aches, rashes, or more serious infections.

  1. Make Sure Your Backyard has Great Sun Cover

Sun protection is key for enjoying summer safely, for both family and pets. Proper cover will prevent burns, and reduce the risk of skin cancer.  But many people are loathe to cover their patio or outdoor space with shade because they want to be able to enjoy the rays sometimes. Solve your problem by installing retractable awnings over patios and decks, or drop shades on sun porches. This will give you sun protection during the intense mid-day heat, but the flexibility to still look up at the stars on a beautiful summer night.

  1. Check Your Playground Equipment

It’s a good idea to inspect your child’s outdoor play equipment every year, especially if they are wooden. Just like all things, equipment gets old and falls apart. Before you let your kids loose on it, check any nuts, bolts, caps, swing seats, suspension ropes, chains, cables and replace as necessary. Be sure to waterproof any wood to prevent rot and fungus. And lay down a layer of loose fill material, like sand or wood chips, around swings and slides, to make the inevitable impacts a little softer.

  1. Prep Your Deck for Company

Waterproofing your deck is an important yearly step. You can check to see if your deck is due by spilling a few drops of water directly on the wood. If the water beads up, your sealant is still good. Otherwise, you’re overdue. Properly sealing your deck, and checking for wood rot (especially along railings and steps) will help keep your family and your guests safe. And protect them even further with a deck or patio retractable awning, to keep out the harsh sun and protect your deck from bleaching.

Just a few simple steps in the Spring means you can enjoy a worry-free Summer!

 

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.


Four advantages to adding an awning to your home

Spring is a great time to rejuvenate, recharge and start over. With gentle sunshine but without the sweltering heat of a typical July in Utah, it’s great time to revamp the appearance of your home. Read More


Spring is a great time to rejuvenate, recharge and start over. With gentle sunshine but without the sweltering heat of a typical July in Utah, it’s great time to revamp the appearance of your home.

Improve the look of your home

There are many ways to improve the look of your home before this spring. Awnings are an excellent way to give your deck or patio enchanting ambiance without emptying your entire wallet. And not only are awnings a great way to add color and personality to your home, but they also provide shade. In states with intense summers like Utah or
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Get Your Boat Ready for the Water With These Four Steps

Boating season is upon us. It is finally time to begin getting your boat ready for the Utah boating season. Dewinterizing your boat can seem like a daunting task, but it is essential to have the boat in tip-top shape to ensure a fun, and safe, boating season. At SugarHouse Boat Covers, we feel that… Read More


Boating season is upon us. It is finally time to begin getting your boat ready for the Utah boating season. Dewinterizing your boat can seem like a daunting task, but it is essential to have the boat in tip-top shape to ensure a fun, and safe, boating season. At SugarHouse Boat Covers, we feel that there are necessary steps to get your boat ready for the water. In Utah, the boating season begins as early as spring so it’s important to start your boat start up as soon as possible. Continue reading “Get Your Boat Ready for the Water With These Four Steps”


Proper boat launching etiquette in Utah

Boating season is officially upon us in Utah. Time to take those boat covers off, put the swimsuit on and get that boat in the water. Boating is a favorite summer pastime of many Utahns. No matter where you take your boat, Jordanelle, Pineview, Willard, Flaming Gorge, or even Lake Powell, it requires some proper… Read More


Boating season is officially upon us in Utah. Time to take those boat covers off, put the swimsuit on and get that boat in the water. Boating is a favorite summer pastime of many Utahns. No matter where you take your boat, Jordanelle, Pineview, Willard, Flaming Gorge, or even Lake Powell, it requires some proper etiquette to launch it into the water. Too many times we have seen people clueless as to how to properly drive it off or on the trailer, or park it in the way of everyone else while they take off the boat Continue reading “Proper boat launching etiquette in Utah”