Get Your Patio and Deck Prepped for the Cold Using These Smart Walmart Products

Ready your patio, deck, walkways and more for winter weather with our expert tips and essential product picks from Walmart.

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December 03, 2020
By: HGTV

When ice-cold temps hit, it’s easy to head indoors and wish your outdoor spaces ‘good luck’ as they brave winter weather conditions. If you want to wake up in the spring with little-to-no maintenance to your deck and patio, then it’s important to do some winterizing so they outlast the wind, snow, ice and sludge. Plus, there are steps you can make so you can actually enjoy your deck and patio through the winter. From motion-sensor lights to water-resistant patio furniture covers to insulated faucet covers, Walmart is the place to grab what you need before winter arrives. Shop our list of deck and patio must-haves that will surely save you a headache come spring.

PROTECTION

If you do one thing to prep your outdoor space for winter, you should weatherproof your patio furniture. Using patio furniture covers will protect your chairs, sofas, umbrellas, tables and more from rain, snow, ice and debris. This will ensure everything is clean and ready to use when warm weather returns and that your furniture lasts for years to come. Your outdoor cushions, pillows and curtains can even survive the cold; simply give them a good, deep clean, then store them in a zippered bag in your shed, garage or attic. We love these water-resistant covers from Classic Accessories’ Veranda line that come with a hassle-free warranty to ensure your investments stay safe through harsh winter weather.

$27.08 - $63.21

This heavy-duty grill cover from the Veranda line features a heavy-duty woven polyester fabric and water-resistant and -repellent undercoating. The durable cover will keep your favorite outdoor accessory safe and protected from the elements until you’re ready to fire it up again.

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SAFETY

Whether you plan on spending time outdoors through winter or just want some added safety and security, consider installing lighting around your home’s exterior. Some solar-powered, motion-sensor floodlights will keep your outdoor spaces illuminated on dark days and nights when you need it most. And don’t forget the sidewalks, stairs and pathways, too. Keep your family, neighbors and delivery drivers safe with solar LED lights that keep walkways well lit and provide better visibility all season long.

$31.99

This solar security light comes with three adjustable heads, three working modes and is equipped with 74 bright LED beads and a 270-degree wide-angle illumination. The IP65 waterproof design is specifically crafted to withstand extreme weather conditions and can be used in decks, doors, aisles, fences and driveways. Plus, the built-in motion detector will detect movement up to 16 feet away for better visibility at night.

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HEATING

While outdoor heating isn’t necessarily essential, it certainly makes cool evenings much more enjoyable. If you want to extend your time outdoors past fall, then a heating element is your best bet. A gas or wood-burning fire pit will allow you to stay outdoors a little longer and will be a welcome addition to your outdoor space come spring, summer and fall, too. (Think of all the summer “campfires” and fall s’mores!) Fire pits come in a wide range of prices depending on exactly what you’re looking for in terms of size and features. Our picks, though, start at less than $100!

$349.99

This charming outdoor fire pit is constructed with a durable wicker base and an aluminum top to provide a long life in all types of weather. It also features a heat-resistant bronze finish to protect it during heavy use. The pit includes a burner cover to allow it to be used as an outdoor coffee table and comes with an all-weather fabric cover to keep it protected when not in use.

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MAINTENANCE

There are a few other maintenance measures you can take to keep your outdoor space in top-notch shape through the winter. Add a waterproof sealer to protect your deck from water damage and mildew. Plus, prevent costly damage from frozen pipes with insulated spigot covers. You can even protect your firewood with a covered storage rack that will keep logs dry no matter where you store them outdoors. And don't forget about your feathered friends! Give birdfeeders a good clean and refill, and get birdhouses ready for birds to warm up while they rest through the cold temps.

$29.96

Thompson's Penetrating Decking Oil provides beauty and protection with a unique triple-oil blend that nourishes exterior wood. The deep, penetrating oils protect the wood from water damage, while the coating resists mildew and UV damage to keep your deck looking brand new.

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