Painting Your Porch or Patio

5 Steps for Professional Results.

Your front porch is the face of your home. Your back patio is entertainment central in warmer weather for family and friends to gather. When it comes to painting these areas of your home, there are many factors to consider. Here’s a handy list of things to keep in mind when undertaking such a project.

Make a List.

Having all of your materials ready will save you time and effort. Make sure protective equipment is available and used when required. Having gloves, eye protection and face masks are always a good idea when working with corrosive materials and dust. Always choose safety first!

First Steps.

Clearing the area of any furniture, gazebos, planters or BBQs is the first step. Then start with a good sweep so you can assess any areas in need of repair or special attention prior to paint or staining. Ensuring poles, beams and joists remain in good condition is important to the longevity of your porch or patio. Check for any rust or rot, and repair or replace any areas of concern as needed.


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Cleaning for Success.

Ensure you clean up any repair or maintenance tools and debris once you are finished so you are ready to move on to the next phase of your project. Making sure that all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned prior to any application is critical. After all scraping and sanding of old paint or stain is completed, consider scrubbing with a mild cleaner suitable for wood or even a power washer. Properly prepping your surface is key to achieving the best possible results.

To Paint or Stain.

There are many things to decide on when refinishing your porch or patio. Paint or stain, colour, texturing and technique. The list goes on. The first place to start is by looking at your surface. If there is any residual stain or paint, then priming and painting may be your best bet. How much traffic will your deck or patio see? A durable paint might be the answer. If you have a lot of imperfections, then again, paint is the best choice. When your deck is new or in good condition, then absolutely, a stain would be a great option. Then there is the huge selection of colours to choose from. Having paint swatches of your home’s existing exterior finishes will help you find the perfect match when out researching colours and products.

Priming is Key.

After all repairs and cleanup of your project are completed, the surface is now prepared to accept paint or stain. If you plan to paint then now it’s time for priming. Priming allows the paint to adhere well to the surface while hiding repair work and any other imperfections. Allow the primer to completely dry before cleaning the surface and proceeding to painting or staining. Priming before paint will take your project to the next level with a professionally finished look.


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Ready for Paint.

Once you have chosen your product to apply to your porch or patio, you need to decide on how to apply it. For the long flat surfaces of your board, a sturdy roller will do the job efficiently. Then a good old paint brush is your best bet for getting in between all of your boards and finishing around corners and edges. Always check manufacturer and product recommendations to ensure you are using the appropriate materials and products for your project.

Once the surface has dried and cured completely, all you have to do is setup and enjoy your new space!

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For more helpful tips on painting your porch or patio or getting a professional to do it, contact an expert at Grey Bruce Patio Enclosure at 519-376-9241.

5 Ways to perk up your outdoor living space: Patio Covers & Enclosures

Is your patio looking tired and summer hasn’t even begun yet? We’ve got tons of ideas to perk up your patio just in time for barbecue season! Grey Bruce Patio
Enclosures has unlimited solutions for your tired outdoor living space; a new patio cover, Sunroom, porch enclosure or retractable awning (maybe two!) add value and living space to your home or cottage.

Patio Enclosures

Extend your enjoyment of the outdoors without nuisances like the weather and insects! Whether you plan to build onto an existing porch/patio or design one from scratch, screen rooms from Sunspace are built to suit, providing a simple and affordable solution for updating your indoor/outdoor leisure area. Already have an existing patio enclosure? Consider upgrading it with WeatherMaster Windows & Doors for even more protection from the elements, like harmful UV Rays. WeatherMaster Window systems offer up to 75% ventilation, allowing you to control the breeze and come in a variety of tints – you decide how much sunlight to let in!

Patio Covers

Grey Bruce Patio offers custom built Sunspace Patio covers to fit your home and needs. Protect your family from the elements, and harmful UV Rays. Choose from solid or clear acrylic roof panels, equipped with a built in trough system to direct water while increasing durability. No need to worry about casting too much shade, our Acrylic Roof systems come with a cool white panel option that allows 60% of light to filter through with only 20% of the heat. A perfect way to update your patio by adding style and protection for you and your family at home and the cottage!

Retractable Awnings

Retractable Awnings are a great way to create shade where you need it, when you need it. We carry an enormous inventory of MacDonald Awnings to choose from. Offering stylish and durable awnings that are motorized and come complete with a remote control for the ultimate in convenience. Our awnings come with a hood cover for protection when not in use, ensuring a long, low maintenance lifetime.


Upgrade your porch enclosure or patio cover to a Sunspace Sunroom! Add additional living space to your home or cottage for entertaining and relaxing. Custom built to suit your property and lifestyle and designed to extend your enjoyment of the great outdoors without having to worry about the elements, insects or UV rays. Add beauty, comfort and value to your home with your choice of a Three- Season or Thermal Sunroom by Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures.

Railing Systems

Spruce up your patio with a new Railing System. Add contemporary style, and safety to your deck or patio with a Glass Railing System from Sunspace. Give your patio or deck an unobstructed view through the sleek design of the tempered safety glass and enjoy BBQ season from your perked up patio!
For more information on Sunspace Sunrooms, WeatherMaster, Macdonald Awnings or other home improvement services in the Owen Sound area visit or drop by our showroom today! We are open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. A member of our experienced team is on hand to guide you through choosing the perfect products for your home and lifestyle.

Three Ways to Perk Up your Patio

Is your patio looking tired? Grey Bruce Patio has a few inspiring solutions for your worn out patio. Without having to dig deep into your pocket book you can bring life back into your outdoor space. Add style, dimension and versatility by making small changes and updates. Sometimes all it takes is bold new colours, strategic landscaping and adding a little more conversation.


This season, its all about bold and vibrant colours. Pair a striped navy outdoor rug, with bold yellow pillows and a white throw. Or channel a Mediterranean island and update your outdoor furniture with teal, and white pillows and covers. Incorporate interesting accent pieces like colourful lanterns can add dimension and conversation to your evenings. Carry your colours indoors and add a splash of vibrancy to your porch space. A great way to invite the outdoors in, and providing a protected retreat for your family and guests is with a Sunspace Screen Room or Sunroom. Colour is your friend, mix and match bold patterns and bring out your personal style to your outdoor space!

Fire Pits

Fire pits have come a long way from your scout master style teepee and rocks. Growing in popularity and safety are contemporary Fire Pits. No matter where you shop, there are a wide array of styles, motifs and sizes. From Bowl Shaped Fire Pits with mesh covers, to full Fire Tables that can be fuelled by gas. Frame your fire pit with a topless Contemporary Glass Railing System, and take in the whole view while roasting your marshmallows. Give your patio a focal point and dimension, while adding warm conversation to your evenings under the stars!


Strategic landscaping can add a punch of zest to your outdoor patio. Add depth and colour while showing off your green thumb, with the use of ornate planters and running with your theme. Incorporate your bold punches of colour in your landscaping and compliment those new outdoor throws and pillows! Incorporate existing trees and shrubbery into your design, by stringing lights, hanging lanterns or simply frame your seating. Use your garden and landscape to tell your story, while expressing your personal style and flair.


For more outdoor inspiration, or home improvement ideas in the Owen Sound area visit or drop by our showroom!