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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
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Topic - Dan Hastings
Now that the summer season is in full swing, you may be noticing your outdoor space leaves something to be desired. Not that a deck, patio or balcony isn't good enough all by itself when the weather cooperates, but sometimes it's nice to add a little pizazz to your patio.
"You should power-wash your deck, stone patio or brick patio about every two years," Mr. Hastings said. "In between, you should hose off your deck or patio to make sure dirt and debris doesn't collect and cause damage. You should also inspect your deck every year for loose or rotted boards that may need replacing."
"You can buy a prefabricated fire pit to add warmth to your patio and to use the space, even on cooler evenings," Mr. Hastings said. "Another option is to buy a small wall-mounted or corner fountain. They start at $200 or so and are usually easy to install."