Archive for Outdoor Furniture

Wood Patio Covers or Aluminum?

So here you have the space that’s going to be your patio. You know exactly how to pave it, you have the right kind of patio furniture picked out, and you could swear you’ve even planned the parties you’ll have there. There’s just one little detail that you’ve overlooked and that you’ll have to get around to one of these days – what kind of patio cover will you choose. More to the point, should you go with wood patio covers or aluminum patio covers?

Certainly, each kind of product here owns a different kind of visual appeal. And you might want to go with one or the other just for the way it looks. But setting visual appeal aside for the moment, let’s just try to look at how wood patio covers and aluminum patio covers measure up on function alone.

If you’ve ever tried to pick the right material for your outdoor deck, you’ve probably been here before – aluminum or wood. As usual, aluminum is the lightweight and low-maintenance product. It may cost a little bit more, but for those who look for convenience, it makes up in considerable measure by being really easy in the maintenance department. Wood does have this quality that it has this traditional look and can be very charming and old world.

But wood decking and wood patio covers can be hell to maintain. At the very least, even if your area doesn’t have termites (or if you get the best termite resistant wood), the polish on the wood or the paint is going to constantly be worn down by the rain and the shine. Before long, the shiny new look is going to be long gone and you are going to have to the lay the cash out to have everything refinished. If you live close to the coast, the salty humidity is going to take a toll on the finish on the wood, too.

Aluminum patio covers, on the other hand, are practically indestructible in the general course of things. A lot of people, when they think of wood, think that it’s eco-friendly. It’s green and biodegradable. But that’s not the point all. You destroy a couple of trees with wood patio covers, for every house you install them in. Aluminum on the other hand, is completely recyclable. The day that you decide that you’ve had your patio cover for long enough, your local recycling company will be more than happy to take it off your hands to melt it and refinish it into something else.

However, if you plan to stay in a place no longer than a couple of years, simple, low-quality wood would be a good idea for a patio cover. A product like that would cost less than aluminum, and you wouldn’t really care about refinishing it often, as you wouldn’t need to use it for that long.

Should I Cover My Outdoor Furniture?

Our local Huntsville, AL area manufacturers get asked the same questions time after time. Many of those companies have FAQ pages on their site to assist in answering these similar and frequently asked questions. As an example: The owners of a local manufacturer of high end bed swings gets asked all the time about the fabric they use to cover the cushions on their furniture.

In this article we talk more about general, separately purchased protective covers. Some types of deck or porch furniture need to be maintained and cared for more than others. If your outdoor furniture is used often and stays out in the open, you may want to consider purchasing furniture covers.

Lightweight aluminum garden furniture or screened porch furniture can be folded and stored when not in use. As the seasons change and you are not using the garden furniture, it can be cleaned and stored in a shed, garage, or closet. If you do not have the storage space, you may want to consider using furniture covers.

Wood porch furniture such as teak needs to be cleaned and maintained. During the season when you are using it, the sun is beating down on it, the rain gets it wet, and if left outside during winter, harsh winds and cold weather will take its toil. Teak wood can be polished and restored to its color. However, you may wish to use furniture covers when it is not in use.

Deck furniture covers are made from a thick gauge vinyl with a polyurethane lining. The vinyl exterior of the furniture cover protects your furniture from rain and snow. Some of the higher end furniture, such as that built by premiere companies, that comes for manufacturers is covered in almost impervious fabric. The covers also allow air to flow so that your deck-garden furniture does not collect mold or mildew. Furniture covers come loose so that you just place it over a particular piece or have an elastic bottom edge or a draw-string bottom to hold them in place. If the area where your deck-garden furniture is used is windy, you may want to purchase covers that have elastic or a draw-string bottom so they do not blow away.

There are garden furniture covers for the cushions on your sofas, settees, chairs, and ottomans. Furniture covers come in a variety of colors. You can select colors to blend in with your deck-garden outdoor room. Protecting your deck, porch and garden furniture will ensure a long life for the furniture and it will always look good for your outdoor entertaining.

Real Estate Value Improved by Backyard

Buying real estate has never been easier. There are certainly real estate agents and brokers that can help you find great property to invest in, but you can also do a lot of the work yourself. The same goes for improving your home worth by making the back yard glow with esthetics. Don’t crowd it with too much furniture, rather pick the proper amount and look. With all of the information that is easily available to anyone over the Internet, you have access to the things that only real estate companies had access to decades, even years ago. In this sense, the Internet is a great equalizer and can help you with buying real estate.

Buying real estate could be the best investment that you could possibly make for your personal financial future. When you plan to sell yours, these tips work also. Ensure your front and back yards are trimmed and you have tree maintenance done. The stock market is a known gamble; if anyone tells you that they have a “can’t miss” stock or a “secret investing strategy” – run away. Those people are lying to you; there is no such thing as a sure thing in the stock market. And yes, buying real estate is speculative, but much less so. True, there was a housing bubble, and it burst, but few investments accumulates value over the middle to long term better than real estate.

The key to purchasing real estate is no secret – in fact, there is an old saying about it. The key to finding value is location, location, location. There are literally dozens of ways to change and improve the real estate value, but nothing can change where your land actually is. A good location is worth more than practically anything else; nothing is as much of a determinate of value than the location. So, when evaluating real estate, you really want to look not just at where it is located now, but what might be located around it in the future. A classic example: a friend of mine, his grandparents bought a bunch of land south of Chicago a couple of decades ago. It spiked in value recently when the government bought it up for the third airport development. These are the sorts of things you need to think of when selecting a new home or investment.

All the above pertains to the sale of your own home. Make it look right and give it the curb appeal so that the buyers will actually take the time to look inside. Get the front, back and side yards looking good with proper trimming and the correct lawn furniture.

Outdoor Fireplaces

When we think of fireplaces and wood stoves, we commonly think of indoor heating options. These kinds of alternatives come in rather handy when the winter months are harsh. But freezing temperatures are not all fires are good for. What about the outdoor aspect? Personally, I can enjoy a fire year-round. They’re great on camping trips in the spring time or in your backyard for a summer cook-out. When it comes to outdoor fireplaces, the possibilities are endless. How can a crackling flame make your upcoming summer more fun?

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outdoor fireplace

I have always harbored an interest in outdoor fireplaces and fire-pits. To be completely honest, I dream of having a nice, large deck with a fire-pit in the center of it. How sweet is that notion? Imagine a gathering at your home; you could invite family and friends to hang out and relax with you around the fire-pit. Break out the hotdogs and marshmallows and let the roasting begin. You can chat and indulge in a few fine beers while lounging around the fire. Now that’s what life is all about if you ask me. Hey, that scene could totally be a beer commercial or add for outdoor fireplaces.

Last summer when I visited my eldest brother, I immediately spotted his outdoor fireplace. Or I guess I should call it a fire pit/ring. It sits just behind his house and in the perfect area for socializing. We all gathered around the fire ring each night with beer and smores. This is when I knew I had to look into outdoor fireplaces. If he gets one, then I should definitely have one as well. Another cool aspect of the fire outdoors is the smoke. It helps keep away all the gnats and mosquitoes. Kind of like a natural bug repellant. Something we all need when we’re hanging outdoors in during the summer season. Now, if outdoor fireplaces and pits sound like a bit much for you, you can always so with one of the southwestern style fireplaces that resemble a little pottery style chimney. These are perfect for patios and can be purchased at any home store. Also they won’t cost you much, and are easy to maintain.

Using Your Deck and Backyard

When you landscape your backyard, do tree trimming, add a deck, garden, or patio, it is time to show it off. What better way than a family reunion. If you have family living close to your community, this may be the opportunity to get everyone together.

Check with your family members regarding their schedules. Plan your family reunion when the weather is nice. With family members living close by, they will not have to travel far, especially with young children, and will enjoy the day.

backyardYou will be in charge of planning the reunion but you should get ideas from other family members. Give their ideas and suggestions consideration but make sure they fit into your overall plans for the day.

Create special invitations for the day. Ask that they RSVP you by mail or phone if they plan to attend. You will want to make sure you have enough room to accommodate all who will attend.

There should be an area for the adults to gather for conversation. Also, you should have an area where the children can play without getting hurt. If you have added a swimming pool, make sure there is adult supervision if the kids are going to swim.

Plan your backyard family reunion with a budget in mind. You will be providing Family Reunionfood, drinks, and other snacks as well as paper goods. You may also want to create banners and decoration. If you want to have a special item to remember the day, you may consider asking your relatives to chip in for caps or t-shirts.

June 170, You can have a simple menu for the reunion such as hot dogs and hamburgers. If you want a more elaborate fare, you can add barbecue, baked beans, and coleslaw to the menu. Prepare as many dishes as you can ahead of time. You may also want to consider having other family members bring a dish to the reunion.

Families who live in the same general area sometimes find it hard to get together because of their work schedules and the schedules of their children. You can plan your family reunion months in advance to accommodate these schedules.

A family reunion in your backyard is a party. It is a celebration of family and will be a memorable occasion for all who attend.

Camping Out in the Backyard

Have you landscaped your backyard? Did you add a deck with a lounging, cooking, and dining area? Do you have a section in your backyard where you can pitch a tent? If so, you have the perfect place for an outdoor camping trip for the entire family.

Millions of Americans go camping. They go to special campgrounds or state parks. Sometimes, it is not possible to find the time to go on a trip. If you make this a backyard activity with your family, it is one way of spending quality time together. And after your kids tell all their friends about the fun they had, you will probably have guest campers and envious parents in your neighborhood.

camping out

Backyard camping is easier than camping at a state park or special campgrounds. The main reason is because you do not have to get in the car to drive for miles to get there. You can keep your camping gear in a shed or the garage for easy access. On the weekend or night you plan to camp out, you just pull out the gear and set it up.

Camping in the Backyard

Another reason to camp in your backyard is safety. Campers who go to unfamiliar places are not familiar with the surrounding area and can get lost or hurt. In today’s society, you also have to be wary of those camping around you. Safety concerns are eliminated when your camp is in your backyard.

Young children will enjoy camping in the backyard. When you take them to unfamiliar places and they hear sounds they do not normally hear at home, they may become afraid. When you camp in your backyard, they are in familiar surroundings and can enjoy the experience. As your children grow, you may want to take them on camping weekends and the backyard experience will have prepared them for the trip.

Sometimes when people go camping, they forget things. When you are camping in your backyard, you have the opportunity of going into the house to get an article you may need. Campfires are not usually permitted in the backyard unless it is a special fire pit or fireplace that was constructed by a contractor as an outdoor heating source. If you included a fire pit or fireplace as part of your landscaping project, you have an ideal campfire around which to tell stories and toast marshmallows.

You may want to start the evening by preparing dinner outside, playing games, and then telling stories around the fire. When it is time to sleep, depending on the season and the weather, you can sleep in tents or sleep under the stars.

Camping out in the backyard can be fun for the entire family. For families where mom and dad both work and can not always get away from work, spending an evening on the weekend with the kids can bring the family closer together.