Patio Heating – Outdoor Products to Keep Your Patio Warm and Comfortable in All Seasons

If you and your family loved to stay outdoors, then it is important that you always keep yourselves warm, especially during the long cold season. Having said this, in keeping yourselves warm, you should forgo making a bonfire for safety reasons, and instead use patio heaters instead.

Now, there are a lot of patio heaters that are available in the market. Thus what are the things that you need to be on the look out in order to buy the best patio heating for your home. Here is a buying guide when you are out shopping for your own patio heating products for your home.

Patio Heating Products Come In Different Shapes And Sizes:

It is true. These heating devices do come in different shapes and sizes. There are big commercial patio heaters that can heat up not only homes but also patios of big restaurants and hotels. On the other hand, there are also smaller commercial patio heaters such as the tabletop patio heater that can be placed on top of the table to give immediate warmth. Regardless of what type of commercial patio heaters you would like to have depends on the size of your home. Of course you do not want to have a very big commercial patio heater for your small home, right?

Commercial Patio Heaters Are Generally Powered Differently:

These heaters are powered differently for the most part. For instance, there are tabletop heaters that are powered by propane gas, so are therefore called tabletop propane outdoor heaters, while there are those tabletop heaters that are powered by electricity thus called as electric outdoor heaters. The thing here is that even if you are using a small outdoor tabletop heater, you need to make sure that your decision also revolves on how the heater will be powered as well. This means that if you are using it in your patio, and your patio does not have any electrical wiring, then a propane heater is basically the right tabletop heater for you.

Look For Patio Heating That Is Safe:

As with other devices, it is important that you look into the safety of the device too. Heaters are very dangerous devices and can likely cause fire if not used properly. Thus, whether you have a propane outdoor heater or an electric outdoor heater, it is important that these heaters have an automatic tilt shut off system that enables the heater to turn off once the gas or electric supply is tilted to a particular angle.

Look For Outdoor Heaters That Are Economical:

Whether you opt to buy a propane outdoor heater or an electric outdoor heater, you need to make sure that you choose one that is economical. And if you are looking for economical propane patio heating, or an electric outdoor heater, you need to choose only infrared heaters. The infrared patio heaters are equipped with implements that allow the patio heating to be emitted into higher heat than the usual heater. These infrared patio heaters work by utilizing several wavelengths that emit energy that produce heat. Basically, the infrared heaters produce more heat with minimal energy consumption.

The Evolution of Wicker Patio Furniture

Wicker patio furniture is always referred to as a “classic.” Its origins can be traced back to 3000 B.C. in ancient Egypt. The Pharaohs and their families lounge on wicker chairs along the Nile River. Even their thrones were made of wicker. Beds, baskets, tables and trunks were made using this material.

In ancient Rome, Marc Anthony might have bought these pieces of furniture made of wicker from Egypt at the time Cleopatra. Unlike the Egyptian weaving style that had dark colors such as brown and green, the Romans preferred it to be more subtle such as beige and white. Also, the weaving style became elegant and straighter.

In the 15th Century, the wicker reached China and used these materials for storage and for preserving sacred writings. The weaving style became finer and thinner. This was during the Age of Philosophy.

The wicker reached Africa before it was colonized by America. The Africans use wicker as a shield for protection instead of using it for furniture. The weaving style was looser and not embellished.

Through the early settlers, the wicker was introduced to the Americans. The designs were simple yet elegant with a touch of the Victorian era. The colors were usually white and beige and they were used as suitcases and trunks for storage.

In today’s modern lifestyle, the wicker still remains as one of the most in demand patio furniture pieces in the world. Before, most of the wicker furniture came from rattan or cane, while some were made out of bamboo. There have been types of plant materials that have been developed over a period of time. Today, wicker patio furniture can be made out of a traditional or synthetic or hybrid wicker. The traditional wickers came from wood. The synthetic ones were made out of plastic. Lastly, the hybrid wickers were made out of wood and plastic.

Furniture made out of wicker has come a long way. The wicker patio furniture found in our homes will surely stay a “classic” and will forever be an elegant masterpiece in the home.

Patio Furniture in a Tropical Setting

You often dream of retiring at the age of sixty-five and living in a warm and tropical place. As you are nearing this dream, think of finding a suitable house with a wide grassy lawn, a swimming pool and a patio. This would entail lots of money. But for a low budget, you can have that patio of your dreams. Keeping a simple, easy-to-maintain patio is not beyond your reach. Of course, you have to choose the right patio furniture that is weather-proof, child-proof and pet-proof.

There is a variety of patio furniture in the market; some are made of marble, wrought-iron, bent-tubes, aluminum, wood, or wicker. If you want to live near the seashore, then wrought-iron is not for you. You may choose the light and tropical wicker or rattan type with plump cushions. You can paint these white, and cover the cushions with brightly printed durable cotton fabric. Washable fabrics are a good choice for furniture cushions, although leatherette is also a good alternative since this is easy to wipe with a damp cloth. Just bear in mind that you need low-maintenance patio furniture for easy living.

When inviting friends over for a barbecue, be sure to have enough seats for all of them, arm chairs, sofas, divans, or hammocks, where they can lounge around while waiting for the grilled food. If there are children or pets around, they may tend to spill beverages or foul-smelling stuff on your furniture. If you have the right patio furniture that are low-maintenance and easy-to-clean, then you won’t have to worry about this.

Your patio floor should also come in rugged weather-proof material in warm earth colors to match your furniture. Add lots of potted plants or flowering shrubs around your patio and you have a small hideaway of your own where you can relax with your favorite book, with a cold drink in your hand, or listen to soft music while you drowse. This may be all you need to get away from a hectic lifestyle, close to the ideal retirement paradise you dream about.

Choosing a Patio Furniture Set

A Patio furniture set can greatly enhance your outdoor relaxation. By choosing your patio furniture wisely you will not only create a great outdoor ambience but will also extend your inside décor to the patio or backyard beyond. Summer months are there just for enjoying nature. It is a about gathering the family around for fun and backyard BBQ’s and a beautiful Patio Furniture Set will help create the stage for great parties or family time.

Choosing a patio furniture set should not be a hard decision. Do a little research and examine your inside lifestyle to get an idea of what you want your patio furniture to say about you and your outdoor space. Here a few pointers to help you create the ideal setting with your Outdoor Patio Furniture Set.

If you are purchasing patio furniture remember that quality is always more important than the cost of the furniture, if you look at it as a long term investment. See if you can find some quality sets that you can put together yourself to save a little money. Since outdoor entertaining is one of our favorite pastimes try to purchase the best quality you can afford for durability.

There is no patio furniture set that is without maintenance. Some outdoor furniture will require re-staining, steam-cleaning or covering during harsh weather periods. Be sure to know what maintenance your patio set will need as this will add to the cost of the patio furniture over the long run.

Before you begin to shop for your patio pieces make sure you know how much space is available on your deck or patio and how many people it will comfortably fit. Having large, oversized pieces in a small space will not make it conducive or comfortable for entertaining.

Your choices will include wrought iron, aluminum, wicker, wood and plastic. What you choose will depend on your space and budget. The style of your home will also be a factor to consider. If you live in a country setting you may wish to use wicker with country themed cushions. Or, if your home is in the Spanish style perhaps a wrought iron collection would be more suited for your backyard or patio.

Some say that wood patio furniture is your most expensive option and in most cases it is true. But, it depends on the type of wood you choose. Cedar will last for ever but lesser woods will need constant sealing and painting. It is best to research the manufacturer of the wood pieces you are interested in to see how much maintenance they will need. Wood, of course, will look best in the outdoors because it is natural for that setting. Another plus, it does not absorb heat or cold.

Wrought Iron Patio Furniture is the next on the tough to destruct and more expensive list. Wrought iron comes in several colors to easily match your décor. An additional benefit is that you can mix and match the cushions for seasonal changes. Wrought iron patio furniture is not without it’s maintenance. If cracks or pits occur you must seal or paint them or the furniture will rust. This can be easily done in the early fall and spring seasons. Wrought iron also comes in a plethora of designs often using garden, floral, and mythical motifs. A plus for this type of patio furniture is that if you live in a windy area, these pieces are not easily blown around.

Wicker Patio Furniture, which is cozy and ~county-ish~ is lovely, bright and can lend an air of romance to your patio or deck. Rattan is a vine that grows in South-East Asia and then is tightly woven. It has a very distinctive appearance but is light weight and easy to move around, (a plus in secluded areas but be careful in windy spots). Be careful not to set in direct sun which will cause fading especially if brightly colored.

Aluminum patio furniture is by far is the biggest seller of outdoor furniture. Its appeal is that it looks like metal or wrought iron but is quite bit less expensive. It comes in a vast array of colors that do not rust and are easy to maintain. They will absorb heat and fade if placed in direct sunlight. Be careful about placing them in overly windy areas as they are lightweight and may take flight.

Plastic patio furniture is the choice if you are budget conscious or you don’t mind replacing the patio furniture every now and then. Plastic has evolved into ~look-alikes~ of wood, wicker and wrought iron but it does have its downfalls. Plastic is not suited for windy areas as it is lightweight and will definitely fly around in a wind storm and it has no lasting value.

When purchasing your Patio Furniture Set try to buy all of the pieces at once or at least as many as are in your budget. Over the years manufacturers discontinue some models to make room for new ones, making your pieces hard to find.

With a little planning and this guide you should be able to pick out the perfect patio furniture for your backyard and be ready to throw a fantastic Barb-B-Que for your family and friends in a beautiful setting.

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