Most people look at winter as a time for indoor activities. From cold winds whipping to snow falling, the drop in temperature leaves many locked inside for weeks, hoping for the season to pass quickly. However, there may be times when you crave spending a little time on your patio. Let's explore a few effective methods you can implement to put your patio to good use this winter.
How to block off cold winds
Wind chill can deter you and your family from using your outdoor patio during the winter months. How can you solve this problem? A wonderful idea is to invest in ceiling-to-floor shades. These shades are usually made from vinyl-coated polyester. They are easy to install and can also be useful to provide shade during the summer months.
Calming winter winds can also be achieved by planting trees in such a way that they create a blockade around your patio area. It is recommended to plant coniferous trees to effectively block the wind and to reduce some of the moisture in the air.
To further heat up your patio, you can also add a small fire pit or a space heater.
How to make your patio furniture winter friendly
Another point to consider is your patio furniture. Nowadays, there is a wide range of outdoor aluminum, rattan and wood furniture made exclusively for winter. They are made from durable materials that can withstand wind and rain. You can also invest in protective covers for your existing furniture pieces to protect them from the elements.
How to deal with wet surfaces
During the winter months, water from rain and snow can leave your patio floors slippery. This can lead to dangerous slips and falls if not treated. So, what can you put on outdoor tiles and wood floors to prevent slipping?
How to achieve non-slip outdoor tiles
There are a number of non-slip outdoor tiles products that can be used to increase traction on your patio floors. Some of these include:
- Deck Grip
Deck Grip is a versatile anti-slip sealer designed for use on concrete and other stone surfaces. It is easy to apply and results in a clear, semi-gloss and barefoot-friendly finish that is UV resistant and highly durable. This makes it the perfect product for outdoor patios exposed to the elements. Deck Grip is compatible with almost all types of natural stone surfaces where traction is desired.
- Polish Grip
Polish Grip is a professional-grade penetrating sealer offering anti-slip protection on unsealed natural stone, polished porcelain tile, polished marble and granite, concrete and other surfaces. It is very easy to apply and won't change the appearance of your surfaces.
- Stone Grip
Stone Grip is a floor safety solution that will dramatically increase traction and improve safety on slippery floors even when wet. It is easy to apply and can be used on tiles, concrete and stone floors to increase traction in just minutes.
Paint for wood steps and wood decks
Wood can also become slippery in wet conditions. If you have a patio made from wood, there are a number of products you can use to increase traction, including paint for wood steps and wood decks. Some of these include:
- Dura Grip
Dura Grip is a floor safety solution designed to provide a highly durable UV-resistant textured paint finish on a variety of substrates including wood and wood decks. The product can also be used to seal unwanted leaks in floors or grout. Once applied, you can walk comfortably on Dura Grip even with bare feet.
Enjoy your patio this winter
You can still spend time enjoying some fresh air during the winter months by preparing your patio in a safe way. Take the time to do a thorough inspection of your patio before you invest in the best solutions for you.
If you need assistance with choosing the best non-slip outdoor tiles product or non-slip paint for wood steps, talk to the team at SlipDoctors. We will help you to find the best solution for your needs.