While there is plenty of sunshine in Florida, thus the nickname, during the summer there also is lots of rain.
The nearly daily downpours provide some nice cool evenings, but they also add to the wear and tear on the patios of Florida Homes. The patio ICI Homes provides you will be of top quality construction, but you have to maintain it. Here’s some tips of protecting your patio.
- A sure fire way to protect your patio is with a cover, such as an awning or a full, screen enclosure. It’s something you’ll want to discuss with your ICI Homes representative.
- If you want to keep an open air patio on your Florida home, you need to consider updating the sealant — the main thing constant rain will eat at – at least every three to five years, depending on how soon you notice fading or any cracks. If you have a concrete patio, you’ll need to use an acrylic-based sealer. A solvent-based sealer is used when the concrete is first poured. Also, if the concrete is colorized, an acrylic sealer won’t harm it. With stone patios, you can use an acrylic sealant, but some experts say a polyurethane sealant is best for stone patios. For brick patios, you’ll need a brick sealer. For many patios, you can use sticky sand to help fill in cracks before you apply the sealer.
- Keeping the patio of your Florida home clean also will help it maintain its appearance for many years. For tiled patios especially, remember to clean it weekly and right after a rainstorm. Storms can build up dirt, which could cause cracks or staining.
Daytona Beach-based ICI Homes builds homes throughout Florida and its representatives are experts on how to keep a Florida home looking great.