Much of Australia use their opening louver-roofed patio to get the most out of the weather, adding value and functionality to your home all year round.

Winter has just arrived and a lot of homeowners will be packing up their patio-entertaining furniture and ‘hibernate’ during wintertime. By adding a few design adjustments and heating elements, you can completely transform your outdoor space and create a new hot spot well into the winter months, treating your outdoor space as an extension of your home. Continue reading to discover ideas to prepare your outdoor patio for winter, making the chilly season more enjoyable. 

Heaters

Outdoor heating is essential when wanting to keep you and your guests warm during winter. Opting to heat sources creates a focal point on your patio that will not only generate warmth and comfort, but a design that’s wonderful for entertainment and gathering your friends around for drinks and dinners. Heating options include outdoor fire pits, metal braziers, patio heaters and outdoor fireplaces. If your patio isn’t covered, it’s important to make sure your fire pit includes a cover to keep the fire sustained and safe.

Lighting

In winter, opening up your louvre roof on an angel will permit the sun in generating warmth without the glaze and blocking winds if adjusted accordingly. Maximising the winter sun will also reduce your electricity use on outdoor heaters during the day. However, as the winter nights get colder and darker, it’s a great idea to add additional outdoor lighting for your patio to create ambience to the alfresco area.

Lightning is essential when aspiring to create certain moods and atmospheres during dark winter evenings. There are many ways you can decorate or create ambience with lighting on your patio. For a festive approach using icy white fairy lights is a decorative procedure that will truly embrace the winter season. Landscape lighting systems, heat lamps, larger candles and lanterns will give your patio the final touch in creating a warm glow while lighting up the outdoor enclosure on frosty evenings. 

Furniture & Accessories

Making your patio winter friendly requires investing in outdoor furniture and accessories that will keep you warm but also be able to combat winter woes. Layered cushions, fur throws and warm rugs will transform your patio into a cosy outdoor lounge room. Wintery textures like woven fabrics, merino wool and velvet are popular choices to ensure you can enjoy the outdoors just a little bit longer.

Take initiative and research furnishings that are soft, cosy and will be able to withstand winter elements. Heavy- duty, weather resistant furniture covers are recommended to cover outdoor pieces of furniture including benches and patio chairs. A day bed or an outside lounge are other comfortable furniture pieces that will truly embrace the essence of winter, creating a cosy and warm environment.

A deck and patio can be enjoyed any time of the year regardless of the seasons. Getting the most out of your patio during winter isn’t a difficult procedure. Making small adjustments including adding comfortable furniture, warm accessories, installing heating appliances and combining decorative lighting on your alfresco will make your outdoor patio look fresh for the cooler months. Preparing your patio for winter is now made easy! Contact us at Sunscreen Opening Roofs if you have any questions in regards to maintaining and preparing your patio for 365 days a year.