Spending time in an outdoor living space is good for the mind and soul. It’s good to get out and see some sunshine every day, regardless of the season. In fact, studies show that to get enough of our natural requirement of vitamin D, we should spend at least 10-30 minutes outside in natural sunlight. That’s easy to do for a good part of the year, but what about when it gets cold outside? Here is your go-to guide to enjoy outdoor living all year long.
Spring & Summer:
When it gets hot, shade and ventilation is the name of the game. Having permanent shade in your outdoor living space will still allow yourself to soak in the sun but without getting roasted. At Noble Roofing, we can set you up with some lovely solutions to enjoy your yard, even in the dog days of summer. Here are some structures that we recommend:
Pergola: Ideal for spring, this structure adds partial coverage with slotted wooden beams that allow the sun to peek through. These are easy to install and look great with the rest of your home’s landscape. If you’re into gardening, your vine based produce will treat it like a trellis, making your property look even more beautiful and rustic. If you need total coverage, weave some canvas between the wooden slots for extra shade during the hotter times of the year.
- Completely covered patio: If you enjoy sipping your coffee amid the gentle ambiance of light rain, then a completely covered patio will help you enjoy the outdoors even when it’s not theoretically suitable for outdoor activity. If you can swing it, consider make this a fun outdoor bar or kitchen for some great summer night parties.
- Screen room: If you’re more into an “indoor” feeling even when you’re outdoors, you’ll love extending your home with a screen room. This is a great option for people who do not want to be bothered by mosquitoes too. Since this option allows less ventilation than an open pergola though, many homeowners opt to install ceiling fans to keep the air moving. You can also use some indoor furniture in this kind of room instead of being restricted to outdoor types.
Stone patio floor and portable gazebo: If you need a low-budget solution for outdoor living, then installing just a patio floor can help you get more traction in your yard. Then, keep your eyes out for some deals on portable shade tents that you can pop up in minutes for an instant party. Bonus if you can find one with bug screens! Many of these tents have a good design and are attractive enough to be left for a while– just make sure you keep it secured! This allows you to stay in budget and enjoy your yard right now. Later on, you can always get a pergola or install a permanent covered patio too.
Fall & Winter
When the sun starts to set earlier and temperatures fall, the type of outdoor living you enjoy changes, but it’s still just as fun!
- Pergola: In the fall, this is when the pergola is a true joy. The mild temperatures and partially full sun present the perfect, crisp outdoor living environment. Get yourself a hot cup of cider and you’re ready to party!
Covered Patio: You can still enjoy this breezy structure if you plan ahead and get a handy portable heater. Not much has changed here– you can still stay out of the rain. Just wear your favorite slippers, hat, and coat!
- Screened Porch: Fall and winter are the best seasons for your screened porch. Throw in a space heater, hot coffee, sofa set, and a TV to enjoy your favorite fall sports and cigars all season long.
Fire Pit on an uncovered stone patio: Due to fire safety regulations, it’s not wise to have an open fire under any structure. But you can stay warm and enjoy the outdoors when you get a portable fire pit and light it up over an uncovered stone patio floor. You may need more outdoor gear to stay warm once you leave the vicinity of the soothing flames, but you can get hours of outdoor enjoyment in off-seasons this way.
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Noble Roofing does more than just roofs. Ask us about sprucing up your outdoor living setup today. We are happy to serve Centreville and its surrounding cities in Northern Virginia. If you have any questions about installing windows or any other home improvement project, call us today at (703) 404-0505. From there, we can set up a free consultation to figure out what your home needs. You can also fill out our convenient online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.