When the weather heats up, nothing beats spending some quality time outside.When the weather gets warm, nothing's better than spending quality time outdoors. This is perfectly true if you can do that from the comfort of your own abode. Certainly, the patio must be ready, and if you're planning a renovation, there are a few things you must consider. 


Yes, you'll likely need a pro to guarantee great results, but nonetheless, you have to be in control of the project. After all, it's your patio!


The Weather Forecast


Before anything else, check the weather forecast. You need at least 48 hours of sunny skies, temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, even through the night, and absolutely no excessive moisture. If the weather looks like it will be wild for the next two days, don't start yet!


Discussing with Your Contractor


There are a lot of things you must discuss with the contractor you hire. A well-chosen professional would expectedly know what to do, but you yourself should also be aware of the important steps that must be taken. For instance, this could be as simple as washing the patio prior to staining or painting. Skipping this part means locking in dirt and other debris below your coating - far from nice!. Once the patio has dried up, check the area for rotten wood or boards, or any nails or screws that have loosened.


Priming and Painting


Primers really come in handy as they eliminate the need to sand and strip the wood, saving your contractor and you a lot of time. Of course, when the primer paint has dried, the real transformation starts - 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 from to use a restoring paint for the horizontal boards (though again, he'd probably know that already). And make sure they scrape off any excess paint that seeped between the boards.




Many people don't like painting over 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. A semitransparent stain would be great otherwise. The pigment will give added protection against sun damage. One advantage stain has over paint is that the wood absorbs it more easily, and that makes chipping or peeling unlikely.



Of course, there are more ways than these to redo your patio, like power washing for concrete or stone surfaces, or even changing your old furniture. You know what's best. It's your patio. Visit if you need a reliable contractor.