As the hotter weather begins to wane and cooler temperatures arrive, now is the time you’ll want to get ready for fall entertaining. Fall is actually one of the best times of year to enjoy your outdoor space here in Arizona. From weekend barbecues to weeknights watching the sunset, time with friends and family is more enjoyable when you can spend it relaxing in your outdoor space or patio.
The cooler temperatures mean you can stay outside for longer periods of time, so why not turn your outdoor space into a space perfect for entertaining? Add a touch of beauty and nature to your outdoor patio or deck by pulling in some of the colors of fall. Browns, oranges, yellows, and reds are perfect choices for flowers or plants. Stick with the same theme when choosing decorative pillows or when switching out the coverings for your patio furniture.
Entertaining outdoors is enhanced when there is a good quality sound system to play your favorite music. Did you know Outerware for Windows, in Mesa, AZ has an integrated system that works with many smart home options, including home entertainment systems? This means you could have one-touch accessibility and control over your remote window coverings as well as home security, entertainment and your home heating and cooling systems. Ask our professionals for demonstrations and more details.
Another way you can get your patio, deck or outdoor space ready for fall entertaining is to clean your awning. This may be as simple as a quick spray of the garden hose. Or, depending on how long it’s been since the last cleaning and if your awning is retractable, you may want to call a professional to make sure it’s cleaned thoroughly and with no damage.
And finally, you can transform your outdoor space into a beautiful “room” with the addition of rolling shutters. These window coverings work wonderfully all year round – they keep spaces warmer in the cool months and cooler in the warm months, saving you lots of money. And they aren’t bulky or industrial-looking. They complement the décor in your space and add to any outdoor entertainment ambience. Already have rolling shutters? Now is a great time to clean them and ensure they’re working properly before the cool weather arrives. Call Outerware for Windows in Mesa, AZ at (480) 894-0028 for professional assistance.
In Arizona, we tend to spend a lot of time enjoying the great outdoors. Because of this, we often spend considerably on high quality patio furniture that enables us to extend our living space onto patios, porches, and verandas.
Yet, the hot sun and monsoon storms can wreak havoc on patio furniture – causing it to fade, crack, split, and rust in little time. This can be very frustrating when you’ve invested a lot into high quality outdoor pieces.
What’s the solution?
There are some simple steps to protecting your investment in patio furniture that can help keep it looking like new for many years to come.
Keep It Clean Your patio furniture is constantly exposed to the outdoor elements. In Arizona, this means extreme temperatures, monsoonal downpours, dust storms, and even hail. It’s going to get dirty! Make it a regular routine to clean your outdoor furniture. Dish soap, borax, and a half cup of peroxide can quickly clean vinyl surfaces. OxiClean is good for wood, and simple soapy water can clean metal. Use a sponge, rinse thoroughly, and towel dry.
Use a Fabric Protector Patio furniture fabrics are often the first to show wear and tear. Spray-on fabric protector can go a long way towards keeping fabrics looking their best.
Maintain the Frames Both the sun and humidity can dry out and crack wooden patio furniture frames. Using a UV protectant can help, as well as touching up the stain or paint each season.
Cover It during the Off-Season Ideally, patio furniture should be stored in a garage or shed when it’s the off-season. However, in Arizona, patio furniture is often used most of the year. Canvas furniture covers can offer some protection and are easy to take on and off.
Invest in a High Quality Awning A retractable awning can effectively cover a patio, deck, or balcony to offer considerable protection for your patio furniture. It can keep cushion covers looking their best while also providing shade during the hot summer months. Awnings can be matched to cushion covers to provide a pulled together outdoor look, too!
Using the Somfy myLink skill is easy and only requires three things to get started: 1. A fully-operational Somfy myLink system (mobile device with app + at least 1 Somfy myLink device) with connected RTS products 2. Mobile device (iOS or Android) running the latest Somfy myLink app for account linking 3. A device with Amazon Alexa connected to an Amazon account
Talking to Amazon Alexa
Somfy myLink™ Skill – Control RTS channels, scenes, schedules and other myLink functions. Requires the skill’s “invocation name” (myLink) when speaking commands.
EX: “Alexa, ask myLink to raise kitchen blinds” – Channel named “kitchen blinds” opens
Home automation used to be technology for only the ultra-wealthy. However, the emergence of the smartphone and other touch-screen technologies has put touch screens in our hands and has made home automation something that is becoming commonplace in homes everywhere. And, automation is enabling homeowners to streamline controls for motorizing window coverings, as well as integrating lighting, home entertainment, security, heating, and air conditioning.
The days of unsightly, dark screens are long gone! There’s a new alternative to the screens from days gone by that lets you keep the bugs and dust out while letting you bring the fresh air inside. And, because they are virtually invisible to the eye, the view is remarkably clear.
Clear View Disappearing Screens are incredibly popular here in Arizona. Retractable Screen Doors provide a safe barrier and how easy they are to use. Unlike older screens, these don’t slam shut and pinch fingers! Even during the hot months of summer, it’s great to open doors in the early morning and evening hours to let in fresh air. Read More→
The temperatures are starting to climb here in the Valley. For many, this means it’s time to pack the bags and head to cooler climes. Whether you’re leaving your Arizona home for a few days or an entire season, it’s important to take some preventative measures to keep your home safe. The following strategies can help protect your home from potential criminals: Read More→
Retractable awnings offer a variety of benefits to you, your family, and your home. Here are just some of the many reasons why they’re worth the investment.
Your Outdoor Lifestyle Retractable awnings provide ample shade – even during the scorching summer months. They are the perfect way to enjoy being outside without risking dangerous sun exposure.
The temperature under a retractable awning is considerably cooler than that of the surrounding area. The average temperature under an awning is typically 20 degrees lower. When you consider the unbearably hot temperatures of Arizona, you can truly see why an awning is the best way to enjoy the outdoors all year long.
Besides providing a cool shady space away from UV rays, retractable awnings also protect your patio from rain. Read More→
If you’re like most Arizona homeowners, you use your patio all year long. But, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make an effort to do some spring cleaning when it comes to your outdoor space. A thorough sprucing up is always a good idea to maintain the value of your home and to enable you to enjoy your patio. The following are some tips to get your patio in tip-top shape. Read More→
While the winter visitors are here in Arizona in full force right now, they’ll once again be heading back to cooler climates as the temperatures begin to climb into the triple digits.
Arizona is home to hundreds of thousands of winter residents, and many of them own properties that are only used for a portion of the year.
If you’re one of the growing number of winter residents in Arizona, you know how important it is for you to properly close up your home for the season. Unfortunately, many homeowners discover that they didn’t do everything they could have to protect their home only after finding out that they’ve been the victim of a burglary or when something has seriously gone wrong. The following tips can help you protect your Arizona winter home so that it will be safe all year round. Read More→
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