After enjoying our backyard patios all summer, most of us give little thought to them after the first cold snap.
But a little thought and effort toward maintaining and preparing your patio for winter is easy, and will help preserve it for many warm summers to come.
Winter Patio Usage
Mild weather days may allow you to enjoy your patio during the winter. Keep a snow shovel handy (plastic shovels prevent abrasion to your patio surface). Avoid the heavy use of salt de-icers to avoid chemical damage to the concrete surface. Store patio furniture nearby and covered for easy use. You may even want to use your BBQ grill for Super Bowl parties and other mid-winter grilling, so consider keeping it covered and ready for use.
Remove Patio Furniture
If not planning to use your patio during the winter months, give all your patio chairs, benches, and tables a good wash with a garden hose and allow them to dry in the sun. If possible, store it away inside a garage or garden shed; if not, simply cover it with a plastic tarp and tie it up securely.
Clean the Grill
Like the patio furniture, rinse the grill down with a garden hose. If necessary, use a degreasing detergent and a stiff bristled brush to loosen and wash away accumulated crud. If a gas grill, turn the supply valve off and disconnect the tank; take it indoors for winter storage.