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35010413-ec49-4f28-824f-531574deaf80-thumbWhether your deck furniture is constructed out of hard plastic, iron, or wood, it’s important that you take the time to consider how to best care for it. A lot of people make the mistake of forgetting to take care of their outdoor furniture, resulting in them aging far quicker than necessary and showing wear that can look bad when you want to entertain guests.

The following tips can help make a big difference in extending the lifetime of your deck furniture.

Use a Waterproof Patio Cover

The simplest way to preserve the condition of your deck furniture, regardless of its material, is through using a patio cover. Not only do these covers protect your furniture from the wear of heavy rain, it can also reduce the damage that the sun can cause. When comparing patio covers, it’s an especially good idea to make waterproof materials a priority.

Keep Up with Landscaping

The landscaping around your patio can make a big difference in how much damage your furniture receives. For example, trees and bushes that haven’t been well-kept can result in branches and debris being blown around on windy days. By keeping the landscaping  maintained, you won’t need to worry about it causing any damage to your furniture.

Routinely Inspect for Any Wear

Many types of damages can be taken care of with some restoration work, such as painting chipped pieces of furniture or applying polish. Making a habit of inspecting your furniture on a regular basis can help alert you of any wear that you’ll want to take care of.

Feel free to contact us if you’re interested in how to best take care of your patio furniture in the years to come.

c14b3d55-9691-41a0-8bc8-6a4c67f2cc45-thumbThe area near your outdoor fireplace can be the perfect place to entertain friends in, which is why you should make sure it appears festive. Here are some ideas you can use to decorate your outdoor fireplace area to make sure it’s ready for any get-together you might be planning.

Lend a Rustic Feel

Rustic décor work well near an outdoor fireplace, which is why baskets of pine cones, artificial greenery and grapevines wrapped in Christmas lights are all good choices. Avoid glass or ceramic objects, and opt for decorations made from wood, wicker or bamboo instead. Rather than traditional candles, use electric ones to cast a warm glow without increasing your risk of fire.

Create a Backdrop of Lights

Hang several strands of Christmas lights vertically from your roof or pergola beams. Choose gold or yellow lights, and hang them close enough together that they seem to create a “fountain” that gently cascades downward. When you light a fire, the flames will reflect off these lights and help to warm the entire space.

Throws and Pillows

Add some bright red or green cushions and pillows to your chairs to liven them up a bit. You can also cover chairs with burlap or tartan plaid and secure with festive ribbon. Drape Christmas-themed afghans or throws over chairs for guests to wrap up in if it does get a bit chilly outside. Add a few holiday throw rugs in strategic places to help people keep their feet warm.

Trees and Shrubbery

You don’t have to invest in a Christmas tree especially for your patio. If your outdoor fireplace is near some trees or shrubbery, decorate them with lights and ornaments instead. You could also buy miniature live trees wrapped in burlap and place them in the corners of the room.

These simple yet festive ideas will ensure your outdoor fireplace area is welcoming for holiday visitors. For help designing an outdoor fireplace that is perfect for your lifestyle, contact us.

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