patio for summer

Summer is right around the corner, and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably itching to make the most of your outdoor space. But let’s face it—Perth’s hot summers and chilly winters can be quite the party spoilers. Don’t let extreme weather deter you. At One Stop Patio Shop, we have the ultimate guide to keep your patio cool, comfortable, and chic, all year round. From high-tech cooling systems to eco-friendly options and stylish yet functional shade solutions, read on to discover how to transform your patio into the perfect outdoor retreat. 

The art of creating shade and shelter 

Creating a comfortable patio in Perth’s varying climate requires more than just appealing furniture; it’s also about effective shade and shelter. From custom outdoor blinds to versatile umbrellas, these features are essential for year-round comfort and style. 

Outdoor blinds 

One of the most obvious ways to keep your patio cool during summer but also warm during winter is by installing the right choice of outdoor blinds. One Stop Patio Shop offers custom café and outdoor blinds, carefully designed and installed by trained technicians to fit your patio perfectly, whether you’re planning a new build or upgrading an existing alfresco space. 

Versatility and protection 

These blinds serve multiple purposes—from ensuring privacy and UV protection to providing shelter against inclement weather. The options are extensive: you can choose from a range of colours and designs that include translucent, sheer, or opaque block-out blinds to meet your specific needs for protection and privacy. 

Ease of use and functionality 

With innovative products like Ziptrak blinds, you don’t have to worry about complicated setups involving zips, ropes, straps, or buckles. Whether you prefer a manual or motorised system, Ziptrak blinds offer an easy-to-use guided opening and closing mechanism. Simply pull down or push up to affix your blinds depending on your needs. This ease of use allows you to quickly adapt your outdoor space to varying weather conditions or the changing angle of the sun. 

Optional extras 

Ziptrak comes with several add-ons to enhance its functionality further. You can choose fully enclosed hooding to protect the blind when rolled up, flashing to seal any gaps, a brand-new central locking system, or wind flaps if your flooring or walls are uneven.  

Environmentally friendly 

Plus, Ziptrak blinds contribute to temperature regulation, making your patio cooler in summer and warmer in winter. In doing so, they can help reduce your reliance on energy-intensive heating and cooling systems, making your patio more sustainable. 

Premium and budget options 

Beyond Ziptrak, One Stop Patio Shop offers other types like Premium Locking Base rail blinds, which lock on both sides and come with marine-graded componentry. There are also budget channel blinds with channelling at the sides and crank gearbox operation.  

Customisation for tricky areas 

Whether you have a gabled or curved patio, One Stop Patio Shop can create blinds that are custom-made to measure, ensuring that they fit those tricky areas perfectly. 

With such an array of choices and customisations, incorporating outdoor blinds from One Stop Patio Shop can significantly enhance your patio’s comfort and aesthetic appeal while providing an effective cooling solution for Perth’s hot summers. 

Umbrellas and cantilever parasols 

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple umbrella or a more advanced cantilever parasol. Their portability allows for targeted shade, perfect for that afternoon reading session or for protecting the little ones while they play. Various design styles, ranging from tropical to contemporary, can help you maintain a cohesive outdoor aesthetic. 

High-tech cooling mechanisms 

If you’re willing to invest in high-tech solutions to keep your patio cool, there’s a plethora of sophisticated cooling mechanisms on the market today that go beyond traditional fans and shades. These advanced systems offer an effective yet stylish way to make your outdoor space a comfortable haven, even in Perth’s scorching summer temperatures. 

Mist cooling systems 

A far cry from the water spritzers of yesteryears, modern mist cooling systems are technological marvels. They emit a super-fine mist that evaporates almost instantaneously, cooling down the air in the surrounding area. Depending on your space and needs, you can go for portable units or opt for a more integrated setup that attaches directly to your patio cover or even to the side of your house. 

Outdoor fans 

Nowadays, outdoor fans come with a range of innovative features. Not only are there designs with built-in misters, but some even offer ambient lighting. A wet-rated outdoor ceiling fan can become the focal point of your patio, creating a gentle breeze that makes the hot air more bearable. 

Evaporative coolers 

Think of these as portable air conditioners tailor-made for outdoor spaces. Evaporative coolers use a combination of water and fans to chill the air, offering a cool refuge even in the most scorching temperatures. Some models even come with wheels for easy mobility, ensuring that you can enjoy a cool breeze wherever you decide to settle on your patio. 

Eco-friendly green cooling 

In addition to traditional methods of cooling your outdoor space, there are a host of eco-friendly options that allow you to relax comfortably while also being kind to the environment. These green alternatives don’t just offer respite from the heat; they bring added layers of aesthetic and environmental benefits, making your patio a truly sustainable sanctuary. 

Cooling plants 

If you’re an avid gardener, fill your space with native Australian plants that offer good shade. Coastal Rosemary or Kangaroo Paw not only thrive in Perth’s climate but are also drought-tolerant, reducing the need for frequent watering.  

Vertical gardens 

Who says walls can’t be cool? Vertical gardens act as a natural barrier against heat. Filling these with various ferns, succulents, or flowering plants can provide a unique visual texture and natural cooling. 

Artificial turf 

Natural grass can quickly turn into a scratchy, uncomfortable surface in the dry heat. Artificial turf can provide a year-round lush, green and cool surface that’s soft underfoot and pleasing to the eye. Plus, artificial turf is an eco-friendly and practical choice for Perth’s hot, dry climate. It eliminates the need for water-intensive lawn care, reducing both water usage and chemical runoff. Its durability and built-in drainage systems add to its environmental benefits while providing a consistently green, low-maintenance surface that enhances your outdoor space year-round. 

Material considerations for surface cooling 

As you prepare your patio for Perth’s searing summer heat, it’s crucial to think beyond shade structures and cooling systems. The materials you choose for your patio’s surface and furnishings can also significantly impact its overall temperature and comfort level. Let’s delve into the smart choices you can make. 

Decking choices 

When it comes to choosing materials for your patio flooring, opt for ones that are naturally cooler underfoot. Wooden decking, porcelain tiles, or even specialised materials made specifically to stay cool can make a world of difference on a hot day. Talk to the expert team at One Stop Patio Shop to learn more about how various decking materials can help keep your patio cool even at the height of the Perth summer. 

Furnishings and accessories 

Light-coloured cushions, tableware, and outdoor rugs not only brighten up your space but also help to reflect sunlight, keeping the area cooler. Consider choosing patio furniture made from materials that don’t absorb heat, like aluminium or all-weather wicker. 

Heat-reflective paint 

If your patio is next to a wall of your home, consider applying a coat of heat-reflective paint. This specially formulated paint can cut down on heat absorption, offering another layer of thermal comfort. 

Adding the final touches 

Creating a cool, inviting patio in Perth’s scorching summer is more than just about blocking out the sun and circulating air. It’s about adding those final elements that elevate your outdoor space from merely functional to a true oasis of comfort and style. Here’s how to make that magical transformation. 

Refreshment station 

To really elevate your outdoor space, set up a refreshment station complete with a mini-fridge, a bar cart, or even a full-service outdoor kitchen. Stock this with local Perth favourites like chilled Swan Valley wines or Fremantle-brewed beers, as well as fresh fruits and hydrating beverages to beat the heat. 

Water features 

From a simple birdbath to a cascading water fountain, water features not only add a level of sophistication to your patio but also offer natural cooling effects. The sound of water can also have a calming influence, transforming your patio into a serene haven. 

Evening ambience 

One of the most overlooked aspects of a patio is its usability during the balmy Perth evenings. A string of LED fairy lights, lanterns, or solar garden lights can create a magical nighttime environment, inviting you to linger outdoors long after the sun has set. 

Final thoughts 

Summer in Perth may be hot, but that doesn’t mean you have to sweat it out or stay indoors. As discussed, there are plenty of ways to keep your patio cool and comfortable—from custom-designed blinds and umbrellas to high-tech cooling systems and eco-friendly solutions. Beyond just beating the heat, these upgrades add layers of comfort, functionality, and style, transforming your outdoor space into a true extension of your home. 

So why wait? Have a chat with One Stop Patio Shop today and make the most of Perth’s glorious weather. Ready to create your own oasis? Contact us now for a free consultation and make this summer your best one yet! 

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