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Top Tips for Remodeling Your Patio

When things get warm, nothing beats quality time spent outdoors. This is particularly true if you can do it right in your own home. Certainly, the patio must be ready, and if you’re planning a renovation, there are a few things you must consider.

Yes, you’ll most probably need a professional contractor for great results, but nevertheless, you should stay on top everything. After all, it’s your patio!

The Weather Forecast
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Before anything else, check the weather forecast. You’ll need clear skies for 48 hours at least, temperatures over 50 degrees Fahrenheit, even at night, and no just the right amount of moisture. If the weather looks like it will be wild for the next two days, don’t start yet!
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Discussing with Your Contractor

There are a lot of things you must discuss with the contractor you hire. A well-chosen professional would know exactly what to do, but just the same, you also have to be aware of the crucial steps that should be taken. For example, this can be as simple as washing the patio before proceeding with the staining or painting process. If you skip this part, you’ll be locking in dirt and other debris under the coating, and that won’t look nice.. As soon as the patio dries, scan the area for any loose screws or nails that cry replacement, or maybe rotting boards or wood.

Priming and Painting

Primers can really come in handy, eliminating the need for wood to be sanded and stripped, and saving your contractor and you a whole lot of time. Of course, as soon as the primer paint has dried, the much-awaited transformation comes in – paint color!

The paint color you go for should complement your deck, along with the rest of the house, adding a fresh new appeal to the space. If your patio is heavily worn, tell your contractor to use a restoring paint for the horizontal boards (though again, he’d probably know that already). And make sure any excess paint that has seeped between the boards, is scraped off.

Staining

Some people don’t like to paint natural wood. If you’re one of them, choose a stain that will both enhance the appearance and strengthen the wood. If your wood is new, transparent stains and finishes are just perfect. Otherwise, you’ll be fine with a semitransparent stain. The pigment will protect the wood from sun damage. One advantage of stain over paint is that it’s more easily absorbed by the wood, making peeling or chipping unlikely.

Of course, there are tons of ways of remodeling your patio, such as power washing your stone or concrete floors and surfaces, or even getting some brand new furniture. It’s all up to. The patio is yours.