Getting a patio? Heres what you need to know

Patios are a fantastic addition to any property, especially here in Australia where spending time outdoors is a major part of our lifestyle. Besides providing your home with a sensational outdoor area that is protected from the elements so you can maximise the potential of your home, a patio that is well designed and that complements your home will also go a long way towards increasing the value of your property when it comes time to sell it. Are you thinking about getting a patio? Here’s what you need to know…

What is a patio?
It’s a space outside of your home that is protected from the elements, so that you can entertain, relax, set up an alfresco kitchen for outdoor cooking, or anything else you can imagine. Think of it as an outdoor living area and an extension of the space inside your home. The possibilities are endless, and you are only limited by your budget, the land area of your property, and your imagination!

What are the benefits of having a patio?
A patio allows you to transform a previously useless space into a stunning outdoor living and/or entertaining area. Depending on your requirements, a trusted patio and pergola expert such as Sunscreen Patios will be able to help you set up your patio with a patio cover that can do everything from completely blocking out the sunlight to allowing some sunlight through. A good patio cover will not only keep you and your furniture dry during those wetter months, thus ensuring that you are able to use your patio all year round, it can also block out harmful UV rays.

How do you choose the right patio for your home?
When deciding on the type and design of your patio, there are a few things you will need to consider:

a) Purpose
Will you be doing a lot of entertaining or is it more of a private space for immediate family only? Obviously the space that you have will play a major role in this decision, but do be careful as well that you don’t end up installing more than what is necessary for your requirements. This is why it is so important to have an honest and experienced patio contractor.

b) Usage
Do you plan to use your patio all year round or do you want it tailored specifically for entertaining in the summer, for instance? If you will be using it mostly in the evenings and at night, you might want to consider incorporating lighting into your design and installation plans. If you live in an area where you frequently get heavy rainfall or freezing temperatures, choosing a concrete material for your patio that might get slippery in those types of weather could be dangerous.

c) Maintenance
Last but not least, you don’t want a patio that needs frequent work, so make sure you ask about maintenance when installing a patio. Think beyond just the materials that your patio will be built with, and consider the features and characteristics of any furniture or fittings that you might have too, for example, whether you want a wood burning or gas fireplace.