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6 Designs to Make Your Patio Area Comfortable1

6 Designs to Make Your Patio Area Comfortable

There are quite a few things you can do to turn your patio area into something unforgettable and interesting, but it will take some doing and planning before you can call it a day. Enjoying the sunny skies outside means you will have to focus on a practical, yet comfortable and aesthetically pleasing solution you can really have fun with. Here are some ideas you can use to make all of that a reality:

  • Using a patio primer

You can have a really good and refreshed look for your patio and other outdoors areas with a mix of colors or by going for a monochromatic approach. Creating a good and polished aesthetic for your patio will require a small amount of well chosen decorations. Choose the essentials in the beginning and move on from there with some umbrellas and useful seating space. It won’t take too much to complete the job and you will have a great new look regardless.

  • The tropical approach

You can go for this fairly easily without too much work involved. A decorated patio with vibrant colors and some florals or ikats combined with tangerine or similar colors. Work on using the appropriate plants during gardening and landscaping if the weather allows it or place them in containers to create the mood, but still allowing you to keep them safe during any cold seasons.

  • Weaving natural elements into patio design

You can make use of the already existing space to wave some natural elements into your gardening area around the patio or even into it as well. A good example of that can be plants or some pieces of driftwood, lacquered and preserved as well as dried leaves, rocks and other bits and bobs from the world around us.

  • Making use of better seating spaces

You can work on your patio area by introducing carefully chosen potted plants, light sources and more that befit your taste, but you will need to keep in mind that seating spaces are extremely important in the grand scheme of things. From outdoors furniture to landscaping, all of these seating spaces will make your yard space something more than just a purely aesthetic addition to your home.

  • Using rattan furniture

This type of solution can be a great way to have a mix of the previous points, but you won’t have to stop there instead. Rattan is hardy, but it will not last forever. Aesthetically speaking however it is an excellent approach you can go for to find a universal solution to seating spaces.

  • Other types of outdoors furniture

Plastics, wood, metal and more are all valid solutions for the style you may be going for in terms of furniture, each of them possessing drawbacks and advantages that make them situational if nothing else. If outdoor dining is a big part of your life, then this will be a very important part of how you handle your patio area. Visit our showroom at 5156 Sinclair Rd. Columbus, OH 43229 to find the perfect furniture for your patio!

Gas Insert Facts

In a previous blog post, we talked about the benefits of a wood fireplace insert. What about those who are not especially attached to the idea of collecting their own firewood and are more concerned with energy efficiency? If this sounds like you, then you might be interested in a gas insert fireplace. Let’s go over some of the reasons you might prefer a gas insert.

 

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The first benefit of a gas insert is that they are the most energy efficient fireplace and can save you the most money on your energy bill. Gas inserts give you a lot more of the energy spent returned as heat than wood fireplaces and have an efficiency rating from 60% – 99%. How efficient your gas insert is also depends on what type you get. Ventless inserts have a significantly higher efficiency rating than vented.

 

One benefit of a vented gas insert, though, is that it is the safest fireplace. Direct inserts draw heat from outside and release all of the combusted chemicals out of your home. Direct inserts are even safer than a traditional fireplace because they don’t need to vent gases through the roof, eliminating any backdraft.

 

One final benefit of a gas insert is that it looks stylish in a contemporary home. If you have a modern looking home, a traditional fireplace insert might look out of place. A stylish gas insert will fit right in with a modern looking home and give you all the same benefits of a traditional insert.

Chimney Crown Deterioration – Inspect Annually to Prevent Further Damage

While it’s warm, be sure to have your chimney inspected for deterioration of any kind and make sure it is in the best working condition for the cold nights of fall and winter.

One of the biggest problems we see with masonry fireplaces is a deteriorated chimney crown (or concrete tap of chimney). So often we see chimney crowns that don’t extend beyond the sides of the chimney. This allows water to leak under the chimney crown and eventually crack the chimney crown when it freezes. Once the chimney crown has been cracked, the water will start working down inside the chimney and cause deterioration from the inside out. The water will freeze and thaw with the temperatures causing spawling – or the front of the bricks breaking or peeling off – and lots of damage.

If you start to see the face of the bricks, spawling, or faces of the bricks falling off, the damage is already done and it is too late for simple maintenance.

The longer the masonry chimney is not maintained properly, the worse the damage becomes and the higher the costs of fixing it.

If the deterioration of the chimney crown is caught early enough, a rubber sealer or crown saver can be used to prevent water from further damaging the chimney. If the problem accelerates beyond a sealer, you will have to replace the crown. If you wait too long, though, you will end up replacing the whole chimney.

By annually inspecting your chimney, you lengthen the life of the chimney and reduce long-term damage. Would you ignore a leaky roof? Don’t let the same happen to your chimney. Contact us to inspect your chimney crown.

Don’t have a chimney crown? Read our blog on replacing your chimney chase cover.

Deteriorated Chimney Crown Before

This crown was built too closely to the chimney which allowed water to drip down and cause damage.

Stucco Repaired Chimney

Due to the amount of damage, the whole chimney had to be repaired. Stucco was used to repair not just the chimney crown – which was built better to allow water to drip off away from the chimney – but also the chimney.