Spending time outside in your garden is such a wonderful pastime no matter what age you are. Having a patio is where you can create lots of memories whether it is having large family barbecues, parties with friends, sitting in the sun on a lazy afternoon or even where the children enjoy playing. Of course, having a patio comes at a cost, but if you are renovating or wanting to add something to your home then there are many benefits of getting one installed this summer. Here are the top five benefits of having one in your garden that may make the decision that bit easier.
1. It can be used for an entertainment area
As mentioned above, a patio can be a hive of activity during parties or a lovely place to unwind and spend time with the kids. Having a covered area will allow you to enjoy it no matter what the season or occasion.
When the weather is nice in the summer, sitting out on your patio is a wonderful and free thing to enjoy with your family. With day trips and activities costing a lot for children, this helps to bring costs down by enjoying your own home. There are many types available, flat roofs, free-standing and some more stylish options, all in which can be a covered area that gives you a break from the sun. We all know this country only gets the sun on the odd occasion but no-one likes to be stuck inside all day. Therefore having an entertainment area that you can take full advantage of will help.
2. They add value to your home
If you ever choose to sell your home, your patio could add not only aesthetic value, but it also has a financial benefit. By boosting the curb appeal for potential buyers, a patio gives them extra space in which to enjoy their time and allow them to visualise it makes this pastime a reality for them.
Plus, when selling your house it is nice to get as much as you can for it, so although the cost of a patio might be expensive at first, if it is going to benefit you and your family, as well as future buyers of the house, then it outweighs the initial cost.
3. They are easy to maintain
Gardening and maintaining your outdoor space can be a chore, well it definitely is for me, but with a patio, you don’t have to worry about a lot of maintenance. Many withstand a variety of weather conditions and can be cleaned and repaired easily. By choosing a reliable patio business (such as Lifestyle Patios) will ensure that you have a long-lasting patio that won’t falter when the weather is poor.
Many of us have or are looking to buy outdoor tables and chairs which can be an expense in itself, therefore having a covered patio will ensure that your outdoor furniture lasts longer by not getting the full force of bad weather. You will then always have somewhere to sit and unwind with a book or a glass of wine.
4. They are an extension of your home
As homeowners we would like to have more liveable space and having a patio achieves this by extending the entertainment area. It brings the outdoors into your home allowing space for growing families and having friends over for a cocktail or two. It is extra space without the cost and hassle of building an extension that might not be needed.
5. Patios have health benefits
Being able to sit and relax outside can undeniably help with your health. Helping to improve your mental wellbeing, acting as a stress reliever and making you feel much more awake, sitting out on your patio is a delightful way of getting that much needed fresh air and sunshine. Your vitamin D levels will also be boosted by sitting out in the sun, resulting in a stronger immune system so that your body can fight diseases more easily.
A bonus reason as to why you should install a patio in your garden is that it will make your home more energy efficient in the long term. Houses are not cheap to run (unfortunately) and can be costly in terms of your monthly electricity bills. Opening your back door out onto the patio will cool your house down and keep a more level temperature – shielding your home’s interior from the full force of the sun, it is a more cost-effective way of heating as well as cooling your home.
Before you go out and invest in a patio, make sure that you do your research, read customer testimonials on the different types and check out a range of patio installers in your local area. A reliable, qualified and experienced installer is essential as you don’t want to have to pay out on frequent repairs or for your patio to be faulty.
The type of patio you choose will, of course, depend on the shape of your house and the purpose you need it for (i.e do you want a flat covering, a gable roof patio or a flyover roof patio). The definition of a patio can also depend on where you are located in the world – a patio down under, for example, includes a covering such as a pergola, whereas across the pond a patio could simply mean a cemented outdoor area. Whichever patio you choose, however, will result in you being able to take full advantage of your garden and the great outdoors. A stylish addition, it will be the talk of all your family and friends!