Get Your Patio Ready for Spring

Getting sick of looking at the same winter grays and browns? Ready to open those windows and let the fresh air of a new year in? Don’t despair, spring is almost here, and winter is on its way out. But before you start planning barbecues and pool parties, take a little time to really prepare… Read More


Getting sick of looking at the same winter grays and browns? Ready to open those windows and let the fresh air of a new year in? Don’t despair, spring is almost here, and winter is on its way out. But before you start planning barbecues and pool parties, take a little time to really prepare your patio for the upcoming warm weather with a few simple steps.

Give Everything a Thorough Cleaning

Cleaning isn’t just so your patio furniture can look good. A really thorough Spring cleaning makes sure that all your surfaces are free from accumulated dust and pollution that degrade and eat away at surfaces over time. This is especially important for any outdoor fabrics that have weathered the winter. Scrub down any outdoor pillows, and pay special attention to wicker, which can easily hide a build-up of mold. If you have awnings, give SugarHouse a call. We can get them professionally prepped and ready to face another season of sun.

Plan Your Improvements

Spring is the perfect time to make any changes you’ve been contemplating. Landscaping is exactly the sort of project that should be started before the summer sun starts to come around. Want a few more flowers in the backyard? Sego lilies, coneflowers, and irises all do well in the Utah climate. Thinking about painting the deck or adding an outdoor kitchen and grilling area? The sooner you get started on these projects, the prettier your yard will look come July.

Do the Repairs You Need To

This one is important. It can be easy to put off basic repairs, especially when they are out of sight and out of mind all winter. Spring is the time to give your deck an inspection for rotten wood or mold spots, mend the fence, and fix that loose stepping stone in the yard. Don’t put off today something that will only be worse tomorrow.

Refresh Your Look

If you’re craving a new, fresh look for the backyard, you don’t have to gut the whole design and start from scratch. Sometimes a simple fix like painting the furniture you already have a new, bright color can completely transform your outdoor living space. Look for outdoor pillows, mats, and privacy curtains that bring warm, summery colors to the palette. Lanterns, solar lights, and hanging lights are simple to install, but they cover your deck in magic come evening. Keep your eyes open for accent pieces that will add delight to your flower beds. New awnings in complimentary colors can freshen up the look of your whole backyard.

Let SugarHouse Help you Get Ready for Spring
Browse our selection of awnings and find the one that is right for you. Contact us if your patio furniture needs reupholstering or if your awning  needs cleaning or repairs.

Remember, the cozier your outdoor patio feels, the more time you’ll want to spend on it creating memories!

 

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.


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.