Enjoying the outdoors at home is something a lot of people like to do, yes, even in the rain. Sometimes, you just want to take your dog, sit on the deck and just watch those mud puddles forming. It may sound strange but hey, it is a fun pass time for many people. But without shade, your deck could just be eating up space that could have otherwise be part of the house because let's face it, some days can get undeniably hot making the allure of an afternoon outdoors a punishment more than the leisurely activity it is meant to be.
Here are a few tips to make your outdoors weatherproof.
The first thing you need to do is cover up the outdoor area. This is important to keep your deck and patio furniture dry. Invest in a roof or pergola to keep your entertaining area prone to weather damage. If you are not fully invested in the idea of having a permanent structure, then you could always have a retractable roof or retractable pergola fitted. The Australian sun can get a little harsh at times and put an end to an enjoyable afternoon.
Retractable roofs and pergolas are a great option for people who still want to let the light in. The retractable function gives you the option to bask in the sun when you want to and at times just let in the light without the heat. Most of the roofing materials used for pergolas let in the light while blocking out the harmful UV rays. With skin cancer on the rise, this is a welcome piece of information.
Secondly, remember to pay attention to the sides.
If your area is prone to strong winds or changing weather then you may want to look into getting some outdoor awnings for your area, not only do awnings help you enjoy the outdoors with shelter but they can help protect furniture when the area is not being used. As mentioned, the easy to install awnings can be let out on cold or rainy days and can be retracted during good or windy weather.
The last thing you need to do is add a heater. Depending on how your space is set up, you could choose to install a wood or gas heater. However, a lot of people have always been partial to a fire pit. Now, with a deck, a ground fire pit would be ill advised. Your best move would be an above ground cast iron fire pit. You could have a slab of cement as a base to protect your wooden deck or just cut out a piece of the deck before you place the pit.
It is important to note that built-in heaters cost more than their portable counterparts. The decision between the two will depend entirely on your budget but don't forget that there is something for everyone. And as mentioned before, a cast iron fire pit has just as much allure and beauty. Besides, who would not want a rustic feel to their back yard?
In conclusion, the secret to year round outdoor living is simple – shade. Nothing beats some quality deck time. Whether it is just sitting back sipping on a cold one or grilling for the family barbecue. So, go on and get yourself a pergola or at least an awning, to begin with.