As the temperature drops, you may find the time for hardscaping has passed. But why should summer have all the fun? Throughout the fall and winter, your hardscape project might fall to the back of your mind, as you begin focusing on indoor activities. But you don’t need to limit yourself to the indoors this winter.
Patios are the penultimate hardscaping project. They are often the centerpiece of your backyard. The hearth, if you will. Plants, bushes, statues, décor, and anything else that makes our yard beautiful, is often centered around the patio. Because that’s where people gather. While yes, it’s, true, sometimes the most beautiful elements of our yards and gardens go away in the winter, the hardscaping elements are here to stay year round.
A patio, in particular, can be enjoyed year-round. How? The answer lies in patio heating. Yes, this may seem obvious. But a lot of people seem to forget that a patio can be used in the winter as well by simply heating it!
Firepits and Fireplaces
One way to do this is through a firepit or fireplace. A firepit is one of the most surefire ways to warm up a patio in the winter months. Check out last month’s blog on firepits here. The only thing to keep in mind here is that in a small space such as a patio or gazebo, fire safety is always a priority.
Table-style Patio Heating
A patio can be heated from right below the table! Sit a glass of wine or bowl of chips on the table and stay warm all in one.
Wall-mounted heaters are self-explanatory. The good thing about these is they take up no extra space! Enjoy your heated patio without sacrificing any room for activities. And you can place as many as you like, getting heat from every direction.
The mushroom style may look like something from a science fiction movie, but they are really one of the most classic forms of patio heaters! Place one wherever you like and bask below. Just keep in mind they will take up a bit of floor space.
Smart Patio Heating
You can now keep your patio heated from the tips of your fingers. Turn it on from inside the house, and wait for it to warm up, then your heated patio awaits as soon as you go outside.
A quartz-heated patio is the heated patio of the future. They come in many shapes and sizes. Most importantly they heat up the patio instantly as they use infrared light technology. The quartz material can withstand very high temperatures all at once.
Electric vs Propane Patio Heating
Electric and propane are the most standard power sources for heaters. Patio heaters are generally more cost-effective, as you don’t have to worry about replacing propane tanks. However, obviously, electric heaters will require a cord or batteries. If a cord would get in the way of your heated patio festivities, propane may be the way to go.
Of course, there are other sources too such as solar, wood, and natural gas, (which is similar in many ways to propane, which only uses a pipeline instead of tanks, which can be difficult in the case of an outdoor patio.
So, have you decided that you are ready to enjoy a heated patio this winter after all? We have you covered. Your investment in a beautiful hardscaping project can pay itself off throughout the winter. If you are ready to enjoy your heated patio this winter and make an investment in your home and happiness, contact us today. We’d love to help you get started on any and all hardscaping projects you desire. We’ll turn your dream into reality, no matter what it is.