Top 4 Waterproof Ways to Deck Out Your Patio
Top 4 Waterproof Ways to Deck Out Your Patio
BBQ season is finally here! While we like to throw backyard parties to enjoy the gorgeous weather with loved ones, we can't always predict when rain or strong winds will strike. This summer, be prepared for those less-than-ideal conditions so you can throw a fun outdoor BBQ bash despite a little sprinkling. Here are four ways to weather-proof your party.
1. Invest in weather-resistant patio furniture
Whether it's rain, sun, humidity, or temperature fluctuations, weather-resistant furniture is specifically designed to withstand the elements. This means that you can enjoy your outdoor space without constantly worrying about whether the furniture looks bad or is falling apart.
Select furniture made from materials designed to withstand the elements, such as aluminum, teak, or resin wicker. These materials are durable and resistant to moisture, fading, and mildew. Look for cushions with UV-resistant fabrics that can withstand exposure to sunlight. Having durable patio furniture like this lets you create a welcoming and comfortable outdoor oasis that makes your patio a true extension of your home.
How to choose weather-resistant patio furniture
Materials. Opt for furniture made from materials that can withstand outdoor conditions. Aluminum, teak, and resin wicker are popular choices that are well-suited for all sorts of weather conditions. Make sure to pick a material that does best in your specific environment.
Cushions. Pay attention to the cushions on your patio furniture. Look for cushions made from high-quality, UV-resistant fabrics that are designed for outdoor use. And don’t forget to make sure they’re comfortable!
Durability. Assess the overall durability of the furniture. Look for sturdy construction and joinery methods such as mortise and tenon or stainless steel screws. This ensures that your furniture can withstand frequent use and remain stable in various weather conditions for many seasons to come.
2. Cover your grill when you're not using it
Protect your grill from rain, snow, and other weather by using a durable, waterproof cover. This will help prevent rust and extend the lifespan of your grill.
Rain, snow, and even morning dew can cause rust and corrosion on the grill's metal components, such as the burners, grates, and exterior surfaces. A grill left uncovered is also susceptible to accumulating dirt, leaves, and other debris blown by the wind.
These unwanted elements can seep into the grill's internals, clog burners, vents, and other crucial parts, affecting the grill's performance and cleanliness. On top of all that, an uncovered grill can attract pests like insects or small animals seeking shelter or leftover food scraps.
Long story short: an uncovered grill is a bad idea! So, cover your grill with a high-quality cover.
How to choose a grill cover
Size and fit. It may seem obvious, but it’s important to make sure the cover you choose is designed specifically for your grill model or has dimensions that accommodate your grill's size and shape. A well-fitting cover will provide maximum protection and prevent it from blowing off in strong winds.
Material. Look for a cover made from durable, weather-resistant materials. Polyester, vinyl, or heavy-duty canvas are all good options. These materials are typically waterproof, UV-resistant, and can withstand exposure to varying weather conditions.
Extra features. Some covers come with bonus features to enhance their functionality. For instance, adjustable straps or drawstrings can help secure the cover tightly around the grill, preventing it from being dislodged and letting debris get blown inside. Ventilation panels or mesh sections can allow for airflow, reducing the risk of condensation buildup.
3. Get some waterproof speakers
What’s a barbecue without some tunes? Whether you’re looking for speakers you can leave out all summer long, or you just want to be extra careful incase you forget to bring them in after the party’s over, waterproof speakers are a great option for your patio.
Whether it's rain, splashes from the pool, or accidental spills, waterproof speakers can handle it without compromising their performance or longevity. Just remember to take proper care of the speakers by following the manufacturer's guidelines and storing them indoors during extreme weather conditions.
How to choose waterproof speakers
Durability. Look for speakers made from rugged and weather-resistant materials, such as silicone, rubber, or marine-grade components. These materials provide durability and protection against moisture, UV rays, and temperature fluctuations. Waterproof speakers are also given an IPX (Ingress Protection) rating to indicate their water resistance level, so be sure to get one with a rating that works for your space.
Connectivity options. Whether it’s Bluetooth for wireless streaming, auxiliary inputs for wired connections, or Wi-Fi compatibility for multi-room audio setups, you’ll want to be sure the speaker plays well with your other audio equipment.
Battery life. If you opt for portable waterproof speakers, check the battery life and charging options. Longer battery life ensures uninterrupted rocking out, while convenient charging methods like USB or wireless charging make it easy to keep the speakers powered up.
4. Incorporate an outdoor rug
An outdoor rug not only adds a stylish touch to your patio but also helps protect the surface beneath it. A rug provides comfort for bare feet, absorbs moisture, and helps prevent dirt and debris from being tracked into your living space.
Outdoor rugs are designed to handle outdoor conditions, including moisture. When it rains or when there are spills, the rug's fibers and backing help wick away moisture, preventing it from growing mold or mildew. But remember: most outdoor rugs aren’t fully fireproof, so make sure you keep plenty of space between the rug and your grill to keep all your guests safe.
And, as always, an outdoor rug can really tie your patio together. It makes the space feel more intentional and a lot more fun.
How to choose an outdoor rug
Material. Opt for rugs made from durable and weather-resistant materials like polypropylene or polysilk. These materials are fade-resistant, mold-resistant, and can withstand exposure to various weather conditions. In fact, these rugs can be left outside all year long, even in winter.
Size and shape. Consider the layout and arrangement of furniture, leaving enough room for chairs to comfortably fit on the rug when pulled out, and take measurements accordingly. Ideally, the rug should cover the central area where most activities take place.
Maintenance. Look for rugs that are easy to clean and maintain. Polypropylene and polysilk rugs can be easily hosed down or cleaned with mild soap and water. Some outdoor rugs are also UV-stabilized, which helps prevent fading when exposed to direct sunlight.
Get the Party Started with an Outdoor Rug
When it’s time to complete your patio’s look, it’s important to get the best-looking outdoor rug. Our polypropylene rugs can be cut to any size and shape and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Take a look at our wide selection of outdoor rugs and find the perfect fit today.