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Exterior finishes can make a huge difference to your overall home design. Whether you are planning to extend your patio, create a private spa or simply renovate your existing outdoor space to something more modern, there are a few things that you will need to consider.
One of the most important things is the type of exterior finishes you will use for your outdoor area. In this guide, we take a look at some tips that help you get more from your chosen finish.
How to Choose the Best Exterior Finishes
To ensure that your patio and outdoor area remains in good condition for many years to come, here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting exterior finishes.
Above all else, any counters or surfaces that are used in your backyard need to be resistant to water, wind, damp, hail, and any other weather conditions that occur in your area. Unlike indoor surfaces, exterior surfaces withstand many climate changes over the course of the year. Many surfaces such as stone and wood are porous, which means that they are not able to withstand harsh weather conditions. You would need to replace or maintain such surfaces frequently, while a low-porous material such as Staron Solid and Fundermax Exterior products would require far less upkeep, keeping your surfaces in good condition throughout summer, winter and in between seasons.
In addition to whether or not the surfaces can withstand weather, you will also need to consider durability and longevity in order for your exteriors to last long. Your patio or braai area should be able to last a few years without the need to constantly replace counters or surfaces that are worn or damaged by everyday use. Even small scratches can start to have an effect on your outdoor area. Look for strong, durable materials that will not easily show up small imperfections and scratches. This will help you maintain your outside area for many years to come without losing the look over time.
Finally, it is also worth noting that integration is something to consider. How easily do the counters, windowsills and fixtures blend into your property’s overall style? Do you have a good choice when it comes to colours and patterns? Can you create a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor kitchens? Could you create an outdoor bathroom that matches your covered patio? For best results, choose an installation partner such as Salvocorp that is able to make the integration as flawless as possible.