Winterize your Sunroom

With the cold weather quickly approaching, you may be starting to feel sad & down because you won’t be able to spend as much time in your Sunroom. Don’t get down just yet! We have a few tips and ways that will let you enjoy your Sunroom this winter. With a few simple steps and some work, you’ll be able to enjoy your Sunroom while watching the first snow fall. 

Touch Ups 

Go around your Sunroom and look for cracks and holes where the cold weather might be able to seep in. Get some caulking and go around your room filling those cracks and holes with some caulking. If you have larger holes or cracks & spaces around your windows, contact Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures about how we can help you fix the spaces. 

Thermal Drapes 

Hanging drapes in your Sunroom may sound like the opposite reason you put up a Sunroom, but if you go out and purchase some thermal drapes and use the drapes to keep the cold out and the heat in during the night and times when you’re not home. Your Sunroom will be much warmer when you do go to spend time in it. 

Heaters 

Install some baseboard heaters in your Sunroom if you don’t want to have 3 or 4 mini heaters plugged in and spread out throughout your Sunroom. This way you will be able to enjoy your Sunroom for years to come without the added cost of constantly having to buy plug in heaters. 

Rugs & Blankets 

As always, the easiest way to add some extra warmth to every Sunroom during the cooler seasons are to add a large thermal area rug and a few warm fuzzy blankets or heated blankets. This option may not heat your Sunroom up but it will go a long way for keeping your feet and your body warm while your spending time in your Sunroom. 

For more ways to keep your Sunroom warm contact Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures. 

Get your Home Ready for Fall – Part 2

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year with all the changing colours of the leaves and the sun shining through while still being warm enough to spend a few hours outdoors without being to cold. The one thing that we all dread is what follows after all the leaves have fallen off the trees… winter & snow.

Check your windows

If you have violent winter storms it might be a good idea to make sure you have good windows. If you are worried still you can always install storm windows or doors. Be sure to check the caulking and seals around the window and repair anything you may be unsure of.

Stock up on Firewood

If you have a fireplace or are planning on getting a fireplace for the winter now is a great time to start gathering fire wood. Make sure you stock up enough for the winter and store it in a cool dry place away from your house. You will also want to make sure you clean your fireplace and chimney before it’s to late.

Sunroom prep

Closing your Sunroom for the winter is one of the moments you probably leave for last, but it is still just as important. Cool drafts can sneak in from your Sunroom just as easily as having a small draft around a door. Regardless of when you plan on closing your Sunroom for the winter, there are still a few things you may want to do now to help you prolong the enjoyment of your Sunroom. Add an area carpet to keep the floors warmer, or bring in an extra heat source like a heater with a couple of heated blankets. You will still want to ensure that the entrance from your Sunroom to your home is well insulated so make sure there are no cracks or drafts around the door.

For more helpful tips and ways to get your home & Sunroom ready for winter contact an expert at Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures at 519-376-9241 or visit us online at www.greybrucepatio.com.

Get your Home Ready for Fall – Part 1

With the official first day of Autumn right around the corner, now is the time when many of us start fixing up our homes for Fall.

There always seems to be so many things to do to get your home ready for the cold weather and no matter how much we prepare, there always seems to be 1 or 2 things we missed doing before the snow falls. We’ve put together a few items to remember to check off on your checklist to get your home ready for Fall.

Make sure the cold air won’t sneak in

Did you notice last winter that certain areas of your home were colder than others? That may be a result of a small hole or draft in the area that was letting the cold air in. Check around your home for drafts and holes. A great way to find a draft in your home is to take a lit candle and hold it around your windows, doors and other place and if it flickers, there’s most likely a draft.

Make sure you have Heat!

Have you ever been bundled up in blankets upon blanket trying to stay warm inside your home in the dead of winter because your furnace broke? If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky! It’s always good to have your furnace inspected to make sure it’s working properly and won’t break down when you need it most. Even if you have had it inspected get some back up in case it does break down. Try purchasing a couple external plug in heaters that you could use to keep you warm until the maintenance worker fixes your furnace.

Check your roof!

Make sure there’s no leaks, holes or missing shingles on your roof. The roof is one of the areas of your home that is not so easy to fix in the winter. No one is going to climb up on your slippery cold roof in the middle of winter for several days to fix a leak or hole, so make sure you have someone check it out before the snow falls.

There is often so much to do to get ready for the winter that we thought we’d do a part 2 to help you ensure your home & Sunroom is ready for winter and the snow. Checkout Get your Home ready for Fall – Part 2 next month for other ways to get your home & Sunroom ready for the cold weather!

For any questions contact an expert at Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures at 519-376-9241 or visit us online at www.greybrucepatio.com.

Adding Additional Heat Sources to your Sunroom

Looking for ways to enjoy your Sunroom through fall & winter without having to tear it down and build a 3 or 4 season Sunroom? There are a few ways to stay warm in your Sunroom as the weather starts to cool down. Although these options may not allow you to spend half a day in your Sunroom in the middle of winter, you will still be able to get some enjoyment from your Sunroom with these options.

Add a Fireplace

Regardless if you decide to build a fireplace into your sunroom or you opt in for a stand-alone fireplace that’s plug and play. The benefit of having a stand-alone fireplace is that you’ll be able to move it almost anywhere, which means that when you’re all snuggled up in the winter you can move the fireplace closer to you, keeping you toasty warm.

Carpets

Adding a warm & fuzzy thermal carpet to your Sunroom during the winter will help keep your feet warm while walking into the Sunroom. Look for a good quality carpet that can be easily moved out of the way when summer rolls back around. The carpet doesn’t have to cover the entire floor in your Sunroom, but it should cover a large enough space that you won’t have to run across the floor to reach the warm carpet.

Insulated Roof

Something you can do at the time of installing your Sunroom is to get your roof insulated, it will make a world of difference when the snow starts to fall. An insulated roof is not always a bad thing for the summer months either, it will keep your room cooler during summer and still be warmer during winter.

Heated Blankets

A simple solution to keeping warm through fall & into winter is with a heated or a couple of heated blankets. Adding some heated blankets to your Sunroom in the winter along with the other above options will ensure you are still able to enjoy your Sunroom almost all year round!

Contact Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures for more information on the various types of Sunrooms you can choose from or for other way to heat your Sunroom during that fall & winter months.

Things to decide before adding a Sunroom to your home

Whether you are wanting a Screen Room, WeatherMaster Sunroom or a Three or Four Season Sunroom there may be a few decisions you should think about and make before contacting your local Sunroom dealer.

To help make this process as simple for you as possible, we have compiled some of the decisions you should make before adding a Sunroom to your home. Some of what we discuss below may not apply to you and your home for a few reasons. If at anytime through your decision process you have questions contact Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures and speak to one of our experts.

Location, Location, Location

Picking and deciding on the optimal spot for your Sunroom may be one of the most crucial steps throughout this process. If your Sunroom gets to much sun you’ll be to hot and if there’s not enough sun then your Sunroom may be to cold and you won’t get a whole lot of enjoyment out of it.

In northern Canada, a southern facing Sunroom may be the best as your Sunroom will receive the most light each day, however if your closer to southern Canada a southern facing Sunroom could mean that you will need additional cooling depending on the Sunroom you choose.

An eastern facing Sunroom will give you a bit of both sun & shade with the sunlight in the morning and shade the rest of the day. If your looking to enjoy the sun in your Sunroom in the afternoon this option may not be for you. If the afternoon sun is what you are looking for then you should consider a western facing Sunroom, just be aware that the afternoon sun can make your Sunroom pretty hot.

If your have only 1 option for the location of your Sunroom you may want to consider some of the below so you are still able to enjoy your Sunroom:

  • Have a lot of airflow options for when your Sunroom gets to warm.
  • Install ceiling fans to keep the air circulation for optimum air flow.
  • Consider adding some shades for the days when the sun is bright and hot.
  • Look for a small heater for the cooler spring or fall days to keep your Sunroom warm.

For more information about some things to decide before you add a Sunroom or for any questions you have contact Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures your local Owen Sound Sunspace Sunrooms Dealer.

DIY Spa Day for Mom

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and what better gift to give to your mother than a day at the spa! Yes, a spa day can be expensive and if you have waited until last minute it may be hard to find an appointment for Mother’s Day. Don’t worry, we have put together a way you can transform your Sunspace Sunroom into a Spa your mom is sure to love!

To get your Sunroom spa ready you’ll need a few things:

  • Hot Towels
  • Scented Candles (unscented candles will work as well)
  • Face mask
  • Sugar Scrub
  • Foot Soak
  • Soothing music
  • Steam to open up the pores
  • Rose water (water with some essential oils in it as well will work to create a soothing atmosphere)
  • Comfy Chairs
  • Robe
  • Slippers
  • Snacks

You’ll need to get the steam music and candles lit prior to bringing your mom in the room. Trying to find a great face mask, sugar scrub and foot soak may be hard to find and expensive. We have a couple of recipes so you can use ingredients you have around the house to make your own.

Banana Facial Mask

What you’ll need:

  • 1 medium size ripe banana
  • ¼ Plain Yogurt (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey (optional)

Mash up the banana in a bowl into a smooth paste, add in the yogurt and honey and stir until all ingredients are mixed and smooth. Gently apply the mask to the face and neck, wrap a warm towel around the neck and let it set for 1- to 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

Coffee Body Scrub with Coconut Oil

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Cup ground coffee
  • 1 cup sugar/salt (sugar is better)
  • ½ cup organic Coconut oil
  • ½ Tablespoon Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract (optional)

Melt the coconut oil and let it cool, but don’t let it become solid again. Mix all the ingredients together and store it in a mason jar. Apply scrub to arms & hands to reduce stress and awaken your skin. Rinse when complete.

Honey and Lemon Foot Bath

What you’ll need:

  • Pedicure Bowl
  • Warm Water
  • Foot Stones (optional)
  • ½ cup of Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Lemon, Sliced

Pour the water into the pedicure bowl and add the foot stones then add in the other ingredients, stir and have your mother place her feet in the soak. Let soak for about 30 minutes, remove feet dry them off and rub them with lotion and cover them with some warm fuzzy socks for the rest of the day.

With your mom being pampered all day and being able to enjoy the beautiful views of he outdoors in your Sunroom, your mother will be so grateful for this DIY spa day. Bring in some of her favorite foods for her to snack on throughout the day and maybe even a glass of wine. The best part about this Mother’s Day gift is she will have leftover sugar scrub to use whenever she wants to remember her favorite Mother’s Day.

Don’t have a Sunroom to set up your spa in, no problem you can use a living room or any other enclosed room. Contact Grey Bruce Patio about having a Sunroom installed for next Mother’s Day! Call us at 519-376-9241 or visit us online.

Bug Season is Here!

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Spring is always such a happy and exciting time, because that means summer is right around the corner! Everyone is outside getting their gardens ready and doing some spring cleaning, but with spring in the air the bugs are not to far behind.

Spring is the time when Black Flies, Mosquitoes and Deer Flies come out and boy do we hate those bugs! Although there may be many days this spring when you won’t see a single bug, as we get closer to warmer summer weather the black flies, mosquitoes an deer flies will be seen more and more.

Black flies, mosquitoes & deer flies can ruin a perfectly beautiful spring day and have you stuck inside wishing you were outside enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Let us help you enjoy the outdoors this spring with our WeatherMaster windows & Doors & SlideClear Screen options.

WeatherMaster Windows & Doors

At Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures, we have many options to help you enjoy the outdoors this spring without being pestered by annoying insects. Our line of WeatherMaster 4 track Porch Windows & Doors is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, indoors with easy stackable panels that allow up to 75% ventilation! With may options to choose from like colours, Vertical or Horizontal window options and many more you are sure to get the dream room you’ve always wanted and the ability to spend more time outdoors without the common annoyances of the season. Spend more time outdoors this spring without having to cover yourself in bug spray and get back to enjoying the spring time in a beautiful new WeatherMaster Sunroom!

SlideClear Retractable Screen Systems

Enjoy the spring weather without the bother of bugs with a SlideClear Retractable Screen System.  Easy to install on your existing porch or patio and won’t get in your way. Truly enjoy the outdoors with 100% ventilation and enjoy the protection of a screened room without interrupting your views of the outdoors. The SlideClear retractable screen is the best way to enjoy the best of spring and easily moves out of your way when the summer weather arrives to allow you to enjoy your outdoor space to it’s fullest. The SlideClear Screen System is available in heights from 72” to 120” and widths from 36” to 384” so you won’t have to worry about it getting in the way of the beautiful scenery outside. Pair the SlideClear Retractable Screen with our WeatherMaster Plus Stacking Door/Wall System for even more protection from the elements, then stack them away for a seamless transition outdoors when desired.

Whether you are looking for a brand-new Sunroom to enjoy the outdoors in or simple solution to add to your existing outdoor space, Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures has many options for you to choose from to keep those pesky insects away, allowing you to truly enjoy the beautiful spring and summer weather!

Contact Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures today and talk to us about how we can create a comfortable bug free indoor/outdoor living space for your home or cottage free of insects without chemical repellants.

Call us at 519-376-9241 or contact us.

It’s Never to Early to Start Planning, Right?

Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures has a wide range of products and services to help you get the final product you have always dreamed of. Start planning for your next Spring project now! With countless customization options to choose from and being able to sit down with us to plan your whole project now is one of the best times to start planning for Spring.

Looking for a Sunspace Sunroom? Let us help you decide on the perfect Sunroom to suit you and your families’ needs and get a head start on Spring. Maybe you’re looking to spruce up your cottage, Grey Bruce Patio can help you put together a plan to have your new Sunroom up and ready to go as quickly as possible.

No matter the budget or size of your project Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures can help you plan it all out so you’re ready for the warmer weather. Contact Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures today at 519-376-9241 to get started or visit us online at www.greybrucepatio.com for more information on our products and services.

Thermal Sunrooms – Enjoy the winter season

Although many of us hate the cold winter months there are many things to love about the snow. Ever wake up one winter morning and look out your window to see all the trees and homes covered in a fresh blanket of sparkling snow from the night before? Its almost picture perfect if it weren’t for the cold temperatures that came along with it.

Wouldn’t it be even better if you were able to enjoy the view while feeling like you were almost outside? With a Thermal Sunroom you can enjoy all of the beauty of the winter months in the warmth and comfort of your new Thermal Sunroom by Grey Bruce Patio.

Enjoy the sun this winter in a Sunspace Sunroom Thermal Room and make those cold winter days a bit more enjoyable. Contact Grey Bruce Patio for more information on a Thermal Room or visit us online at www.greybrucepatio.com.

Want To Really Scare Your Neighbors This Halloween?

We have noticed lately that people either really get into the holidays or they don’t participate at all. If your one of the few that still loves participating in the Halloween fun, then you are sure to love this great DIY Haunted House project.

There are a number of ways you can make your house super spooky, here are some great ideas to really give your neighborhood a scare!

Cemetery

If you have a large front yard that requires the trick or treaters to walk up a path to your house, take advantage of the space and create a spooky cemetery. Set up tombstones throughout your yard and use fake blood to create a horrifying scene. Set the mood with a fog machine or 2 and have a spooky soundtrack playing in the background. If you have some friends that want to partake in the fun get all dressed up in scary costumes and slowly walk out of the fog. Your neighbors won’t know what hit them!

Spooky Maze

A spooky Maze is a great way to have ample opportunity to scare the trick or treaters. Use your garage to set up this spooky maze and set up a couple of different scenes, if your garage is too small or you don’t have a garage you can always use your backyard or your newly built Sunspace Sunroom to create this spooky maze. Use cob web and fake blood splattered throughout the maze with a fog machine pushing the fog though the maze to set the scene and use a spooky soundtrack to get the trick or treater jittering in their costumes.

Simple but Scary

If you haven’t left much time to put together a haunted house but still want to participate in the Halloween fun, then we have a simpler solution that is equally as scary. You’ll need a flickering light bulb to replace your outside light with, some corn stalks a chair, cob webs and a plastic pumpkin head. Decorate the outside of your house with the flickering light bulb, corn stalk, the chair & cob webs. Next get yourself or your partner ready to sit outside dressed up as a scarecrow with the pumpkin head on. When it’s just about time for the trick or treaters to come out have the scare crown sit out on the porch with the bowl of candy in his lap or off to the side and when a trick or treater comes to get their candy give them a scare with a real life monster.

These are all great ways to add a little extra fun to this Halloween. Visit www.greybrucepatio.com to see all of our great services and to find out more information about a Sunspace Sunroom.