Take Cover: How To Care For Your New Patio Covers

If you want to get more enjoyment out of your backyard, it's time to install retractable patio covers. Patio covers allow you to spend more time outside by shielding you from the sun and rain. Once you have your patio covers installed, you'll need to take good care of them. With proper care, your patio covers will provide you with years of enjoyment. Here are some methods you can use to care for your covers.

1. Keep the Pests Away

As soon as you have your patio covers in place, every pest in the neighborhood is going to make a beeline for it. That's because the shade provides a perfect nesting place during the hot summer months. Unfortunately, pests can wreak havoc on your new patio covers. As soon as you see pests trying to take up residency on – or under – your patio covers, take steps to eradicate the problem. Any type of nesting material should be removed as soon as possible – including bees, wasps and birds nests. For bees and wasp nests, you may need to bring in professional help.

2. Provide Monthly Cleaning

When it comes to extending the life of your new patio covers, proper maintenance plays a vital role. One way to ensure proper maintenance is to clean your patio covers at least once a month. You can use your garden hose to remove normal debris such as leaves and dirt. However, bird droppings or caked-on dirt will require washing with a mild detergent. Be sure to rinse your patio covers thoroughly each time you wash them. You don't want soap residue to fade the colors on your covers.

3. Retract During Seasonal Storms

If you have retractable patio covers installed on your home, be sure to retract them during seasonal storms, especially those that bring high winds or hail. High winds can rip your patio covers to shreds, and hail can leave your covers dotted with holes. The best way to prevent that type of damage is to retract your covers at the first hint of a severe seasonal storm.

4. Take Care of Repairs Immediately

Once you have your patio covers in place, it's important that you inspect them for damage at least once a month. Those monthly inspections will allow you to catch issues that will require attention. If you find holes or other types of damage on your patio covers, you need to have the repairs taken care of as quickly as possible.

To continue benefitting from their shielding properties, use these tips to help make your patio covers last for as long as possible.