There really is something rather special about sitting outside on the patio around sunset, a nice glass of something to drink in hand and just admiring the scenery. Too many people though abandon their beautiful patios the second that summer ends though, which in many ways is a shame. You do not have to be one of them if you consider winterizing your patio in the following ways

Let there be Heat – The number one reason that patios become off limits as soon as temperatures begin to fall is an obvious one – its just too cold to sit out there. However, there are plenty of options for warming that patio up for cold weather use.

Gas or electric patio heaters are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Most gas patio heaters do not need installing at all, as they are designed to be mobile heating units. Electric patio heaters on the other hand tend to be wall mounted features. Both options provide a decent amount of heat but they are not your only option. Permanent outdoor fireplaces, firepits and old fashioned chimineas are all good sources of patio heat as well – and come with the added advantage that you can prepare a little campfire food on them!

Keeping The Elements Away – All the heaters in the world won’t help if it’s raining cats and dogs. Patio blinds are a great way to enclose your patio for the winter months without changing its overall appearance in the summertime. These patio blinds are designed to be temporary “walls” when they are down and they come in clear or colored PVC or tough vinyl. Most operate on a roll up and down system, but you can opt to have motorize versions that operate at the touch of a button installed instead.

Add Some Color – A winter patio can be a rather depressing place. The garden is practically bare and the sunlight is the cold, winter variety that can be rather harsh. There are lots of ways you can brighten up your patio for the winter though. A few hardy pot plants can add the touch of natural color that is missing while a brightly colored outdoor rug in nice warm colors can do the same artificially. Candles and comfy cushions in bright summer colors can help everything feel at little lighter, and slightly summery, as well