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Can I Use My Patio in the Cold?

Don’t let cold weather prevent you from using one of your favorite spaces:  the patio!  Today we have so many options to keep you warm and comfortable, no matter what the season.  If you’re unfamiliar with the latest technologies, stay tuned for a quick update.

Buy the Fire

The right fire feature doesn’t just look great on your patio.  It also serves a very practical purpose!  Depending on the size and style of your space, you might not be able to have a big fire pit.  But there are many ways we can work around that now.  Most modern alternatives serve double duty as both furniture and heating elements.  All you have to do is decide on the right one.

For an earthier vibe, try adding a classic chimenea.  They’re fairly inexpensive and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.  Just make sure you pick something sturdy with a spark screen.  When function’s your primary concern, there’s always the portable patio heater that you can pull out when you need it and tuck away when you don’t.  Just stay close on these cold winter days!

Or Heated Patio Floors

You’ve probably heard of heated floors in interior design, but now they’re branching out—literally. Radiant heating is a great way to warm up, even in the coldest conditions.  Depending on the system you install, you can should be to use this feature to help with snow removal, too! 

Imagine a patio (or deck) that keeps your feet warm in any season.  It opens up the possibilities for so many other uses for this space. Want to create a true indoor/outdoor living area?  How about an outdoor kitchen?  This feature will protect your investment at a fraction of the cost of an addition. Just be sure to work with a professional to install this type of system.  It’s definitely not a DIY project.

With Proper Enclosures

When you really want to keep the elements out of your patio (and off your outdoor furniture) some sort of enclosure is the only real solution.  Depending on what outdoor structure(s) you already have—if any—there are several different approaches we can take.  Manufacturing companies make entire walls from sturdy PVC that can be installed quickly and efficiently.  On porches or partially-walled patios, you may just need manual window panels and/or curtains. 

Either way, this additional protection will seal your space from excess wind and moisture.  This, in turn, helps to contain some of your utility bills by putting an extra obstacle in the path of heat loss.  So, on top of having more usable square footage year-round, you’ll also be making a wise investment.

At KCCS Construction, we can help you plan and construct your patio from the ground up.  While you may not want to begin construction just yet, it’s never too early to start planning.  Plus, with the right precautions in place, you’ll find that it’s never too cold to take advantage of your patio!

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