Preparing Your Backyard Patio for Winter

Winter is here and it is on in full force. As the temperatures drop and the trees shed their leaves, one thing becomes clear: it’s time to prepare for the cold weather. Regardless of the materials your outdoor furniture is made of, be it wood, wicker, metal, or plastic, it’s important that you store your patio set in a dry place where the snow and rain can’t get to it. Leaving your furniture out all winter is a surefire way to ruin it.

Now is the perfect time to either enjoy mother nature at her coldest, or pack up the patio furniture for the coming months and stay inside. Whether you are the type to bundle up and enjoy the winter on your patio or are more inclined to hibernate for winter, we have all the information you need to prepare you patio space for the cold weather ahead. Below is our best advice for making the most out of your patio space in the cold weather, followed by our top tips for safely securing your until next season.

Embrace the Cold Weather

As the saying goes, “some like it hot”. I’m sure Marilyn would agree that this logic would also imply that “some like it cold”. If you are the type of person who loves a hot beverage on a cold winter’s day, then this section of the article is for you. Too many people give up on enjoying their outdoor space in the face of a little cold weather or rain. Here at All American Outdoor Living, we believe you should enjoy your patio all year round. Grab your blankets.

In order to enjoy your patio in the cold weather, you’ll need to consider some weather appropriate additions to your patio space. If you don’t already own a fire pit or a fire table, now would be the time to consider investing in one. A fire pit can warm you and your family on the warmest of winter nights and can add a magical ambiance to your patio.

Imagine spending Christmas Eve roasting chestnuts over a literal open fire. That magical moment is within reach if you install a fire pit. Fire pits are also great all year round. You may be investing in one because of the cold weather, but you’ll still be reaping the benefits of it come summer time. I can smell the s’mores already!

If you don’t have the outdoor space that can accommodate a fire pit, consider an alternative in a fire table. Fire tables are the hot new trend in the backyard furniture game. Small, lightweight, affordable, efficient, and magical are all terms that accurately describe fire tables. You can even get coffee table sized fire tables so you can start your day off with a cup of java next to a warm fire.

Hibernate for the Winter

If you fall into the other camp of people who would prefer to hide away from the cold weather, we can’t blame you. No one truly loves to be cold; some just prefer to bundle up in spite of it. Here is all the information you need to properly prepare your patio for the long winter.

Clean Everything:

Arguably the most important and most often overlooked part of patio maintenance is to simply clean everything. This goes double for packing up your furniture for the winter. It is important to scrape off any mud, dirt, mold, mildew or grime that has built up over time. There’s no sense in covering and storing your furniture if it is dirty, as it will still take wear and tear damage from the dirt over time.

It is also important to inspect any metal furniture you have for rust and oxidation. Addressing these issues before storing them will greatly reduce the odds of the problem getting worse over time. Use steel wool and paint to clean and refinish any areas that might have succumbed to mother nature’s elements.

Patio Covers:

Properly form fitted patio covers are the most important factor for keeping your patio furniture safe this winter. Most manufacturers offer custom fitting covers for their products and are always considered a good investment if they don’t come with the initial purchase. If you can’t get a set of custom covers, invest in a general set of covers that will fit your pieces. Look for covers that offer high quality fabrics made of synthetic fibers.

All American Outdoor Living outdoor patio covers are constructed of top-grade fabrics and fibers, made of solution dyed acrylic and nylon fabrics. Our outdoor patio furniture covers are durable and breathable, water resistant, and will not crack or peel like vinyl. The patio covers are beige in color and have a variety of sizes that fit table and chair covers, individual covers like an outdoor sofa, or love seat; also available are fire pit covers, chaise lounge and umbrella cover.

Our outdoor patio covers will fit aluminum furniture companies such as Tropitone, Mallin, Brown Jordan or Castelle, as well wicker manufacturers like Ebel, NorthCape International, and Lloyd Flanders; along with outdoor wrought iron companies like O.W. Lee and Meadowcraft.

Stack It Up:

One way you can approach you patio shutdown is to think of it as way challenge to save space. In doing such, you’ll find that stacking matching chairs can save space and make it easy to cover with a single large tarp or cover. You can also flip small tables upside down and stack them on each other. Wrap any glass pieces in blankets and/or towels to keep them from getting too cold and shattering when you bring them back out the following season. Also, check the storage area for potential leaks and flaws in the structure that might allow rodents or water to get inside.

Wicker Weatherproofing:

Here is a great tip for owners of wicker furniture. Use a bleach and water solution to brush over the surface of your furniture. In doing so, you will prevent mildew from growing which can occur even with a cover over it. There also solutions you can purchase to repel moisture on the legs of wicker chairs and tables. Apply a water-repellent finish to reinforce furniture and protect it from any moisture that might find its way into the storage space.

Wash Your Fabrics:

If your patio featured furniture with lots of cushions, you’ll want to remove those and take them inside for cleaning and storage. Pay attention to the specific cleaning and care instructions provided with your covers as not all materials can simply be thrown into the washing machine. Use a color safe bleach to kill any mold or mildew that may have grown while outside.

If your patio cushions cannot be taken apart, use a mild detergent and soft brush to clean the exteriors. You can then leave them hanging to air dry, which should happen rather quickly in the cold weather.

Hide Your Plastic:

If you have any furniture or decor that is made of plastic, consider moving it inside for the winter. Plastic furniture is extremely resistant to the rain and snow, but the cold it becomes, the more brittle it is. Plastic furniture can be covered, but doing so will not guarantee that the structural integrity of the piece will stay intact. Move your furniture somewhere warm and dry or you might accidentally shatter the furniture into pieces the next time you go to use it. Also, fix any cracks you find in plastic furniture however minor or the cracks will likely spread until they’re too large to repair.

Wax Your Aluminum:

It might sound odd, but good old fashioned car wax is the perfect defense for your aluminum furniture against the cold harsh weather. Wash down any aluminum furniture you have and completely dry before apply a layer of automotive wax. This will help keep water off the aluminum and protect the paint from inclement weather.

If you experience any paint chippings, you can also use car touch up paint to fix any unsightly blemishes on your furniture. Who knew automotive products would be so handy for protecting your patio!

Seal Your Wood:

If you have any furniture that is made out of wood, you’ll want to consider using a sealant to protect it from moisture and rain. Sealing the wood will prevent the wood from expanding and becoming misshapen. If you have teak furniture specifically, this might be less of an issue for you. Teak is naturally full of resin and oils which prevent winter from permeating the surface. Considering teak is the most popular wood in outdoor furniture, this may apply to you. Either way, double check your wooden furniture and see if adding a coat of sealant might just extend the life of your patio furniture.

Stop in one of our All American Outdoor Livingv locations or shop online to find the best outdoor products to protect your outdoor living room!

Picking the Perfect Shade for Your Outdoor Patio

How Your Backyard Can Look Elegant and Still Keep You Cool During the Hot Arizona Summers

Summer is the hottest time of year and it is back again in full force. If you are an Arizona native like us, you know that we get some of the hottest recorded temperatures in the United States. If you aren’t a local, then you should know that Arizona’s daily temperature was an average of 110 degrees Fahrenheit last summer, with highs reaching into the 120’s. Now that’s hot!

The majority of people have been and will be spending their summer at home this year, not only to beat the heat, but also to beat the coronavirus pandemic. If you plan to enjoy your outdoor patio space this summer (and you should), you will need to plan properly for your patio shade needs. Nothing helps you enjoy the outdoors and escape the extreme heat better than relaxing in the shade.

There are several options for shading your patio from the sun, from the classic umbrella to fancy-custom, electric, retractable awnings. Let’s take a look at what is available and what you should consider when choosing an outdoor patio shade.

Types of Patio Shades

Three main categories of patio shades need to be considered when making your decision. There are umbrellas, awnings and outdoor blinds, all of which can protect you from the sun in their own way. Let’s break them down. 

Patio Umbrellas

Umbrellas are the quintessential solution for your patio shade needs. Patio umbrellas come in all shapes and sizes and have varying levels of functionality depending on the style. They are also one of the more affordable solutions and add a nice visual element to your outdoor patio design. 

Patio umbrellas are often made with aluminum, but many styles come in exotic woods as well. The color and style options for your umbrella fabrics are endless, but when choosing the right umbrella for your patio, you should prioritize functionality over design. There are three main types of umbrellas to choose from: tilting, wood market, and cantilever. 

Tilting Patio Umbrellas

This style of umbrella allows the user to tilt the upper half of the umbrella toward the sun in order to create shade at the right angle. This allows you to strategically move the shade where you are sitting as the sun travels. There are auto-tilting umbrellas and button-based models, but they both ultimately serve the same purpose. These umbrellas are often made with aluminum and feature a weather-resistant fabric. If you’re looking to avoid the sun’s direct rays, this is the right type of umbrella for you.

Wood Market Patio Umbrellas

The Wood Market style of umbrella is (as the name implies) made of a quality wood. This style of umbrella stands up to harsh weather conditions beautifully and has a longer lifespan than most aluminum models. Most wood market umbrellas do not feature a tilting function and are therefore less flexible to the changing location of the sun throughout the day. This style is often seen in public restaurants and in corporate office spaces, so if that style speaks to you, these patio umbrellas could be your answer.

Cantilever Patio Umbrellas

Cantilever patio umbrellas, also known as an offset or side pole umbrella, provide versatility, form, and function to your outdoor living space. These umbrellas are made from aluminum and feature a cover that is offset from the base of the umbrella stand. They are suspended in the air and supported by a freestanding pole on the side of an outdoor patio area instead of the middle. Cantilever patio umbrellas are very low profile and stay out of the way of other patio furniture. If you have a lot of outdoor patio furniture, this umbrella might be your best option.

Patio Umbrella Accessories

Once you have chosen the style of patio umbrella that is perfect for your outdoor space, you’ll need to consider a few accessory options. Most importantly, you’ll need to pick the proper umbrella base (stand) for your unit. You want the base to add as much elegance and functionality as the umbrella itself.

Patio Umbrella Bases

When choosing the right base for your umbrella, consider the design and the weight of the base. Matching your umbrella to the stand design is nice, but more importantly the stand needs to be able to support the umbrella upright, even during windy weather conditions. Look for a stand that is uncomfortably heavy to lift on your own.

Stands often come in brass, concrete (usually with an aluminum shell), and galvanized steel. Also consider if you plan to move your umbrella to different parts of your patio. If so, you might want to look for a base that has wheels built in. 

Patio Umbrella Lighting

Umbrella lighting is the newest trend in patio lighting. Several popular umbrella designs feature built-in ring LED lighting at the top of the umbrella to illuminate your shady space. Newer models have even begun to incorporate Bluetooth speaker systems into the design so you can stay shaded and illuminated, all while relaxing to your favorite tunes. There are also models that are sold separately and can be added to most umbrella designs. 


Awnings, sometimes known as an “overhang,” are coverings that are attached to an exterior outdoor wall. In terms of your outdoor patio, these can be elaborate electronic contraptions, or something as simple as wooden slats used to break up the direct sunlight. 

Simple Awnings

In the past, awnings used to be simple fixed structures above your patio (often made out of wood) that offered shade at certain parts of the day. Some models simply diffuse the light (and not very well). Nowadays, awnings are often made of aluminum and covered with fabric and are sometimes retractable. These are generally custom made for your outdoor patio and require the use of a contractor or company who specializes in custom retractable awnings, such as All American Outdoor Living.

Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings offer widespread UV protection, they help to protect your outdoor furnishings, and they are a great way to keep your outdoor view of nature while still blocking out the sun. When selecting a manufacturer for your retractable awning, look for someone that offers Sunbrella fabrics and optional motion detection systems. Make sure that every product is TUV tested before delivery.

Outdoor Patio Blinds

Also known as Exterior Window Shades, patio blinds work to diffuse the direct sunlight coming into your patio area. They also help weatherize your outdoor patio by protecting your outdoor furnishings from constant, direct sunlight. Outdoor blinds are usually retractable so you can roll them up and enjoy the sun when you feel like it. 

They are also great for reducing the glare of the sun, helping to protect your eyes. With so many people working from home these days, patio blinds have exploded in popularity. Consider these if you plan to build an outdoor patio office while working from home.

When hiring a company to custom make your outdoor blinds, look for designs that feature magnetic weights and cable guidance systems for superior wind stability. Also look for designs that can seal up enough to keep out insects, critters and dirt if so desired. The name of the game for patio blinds is customization, so if you have an idea, it can probably be done.

Relaxing in the Shade

Once you have chosen your preferred method for shading your patio, it’s time to relax under that shade in style. Here are some options for maximizing your newly shaded patio space.


Daybeds are the ultimate in modern-day patio luxury. These outdoor furniture pieces are perfect for lounging around the pool, reclining with a book or cuddling up with your loved ones. When choosing a daybed for your patio, look for models that are made with a strong and durable fabric. Make sure the design is entirely weather resistant and is easy to clean. Bonus points if the bed is made of a water-resistant material or that is quick-drying.

Outdoor Couches and Coffee Tables

A more classic option for utilizing your newly shaded patio space is an outdoor couch, or an outdoor couch and coffee table set. Recreate your indoor paradise outside with furniture that maintains its bold good looks, while keeping you extremely comfortable. Choose from different exotic woods, granite, cocoa, teak, and more. If wood isn’t your style choose something with a more modern style. Set up a couch with adjoining chairs around a coffee table so the whole family can gather around for an outdoor meal or cocktail. 

Beat the Heat

Now, probably more than ever, is the best time to upgrade your outdoor patio space. Whether you get an umbrella or an awning, escaping the summer sun has never been easier. Avoid the Arizona summer heat by staying outside and out of the sun with the help of All American Outdoor Living. Let our experts guide your decisions and help customize the perfect solutions for your outdoor patio space.

Protecting Your Patio Sets in the Valley of the Sun

Phoenix outdoor furniture

If you live in the Phoenix or Scottsdale area, you already know how hot the summers can be and how the harsh rays of the sun can beat down on your patio. If you want to enjoy your patio furniture for many years to come, you need to take special precautions to keep it looking like new.

The good news is most quality patio furniture, including the patio cushions you sit on, have already been chemically treated to resist fading and keep stains from setting in. Even so, the harsh Arizona sun can sometimes overcome that protection. That is why it is important to take proactive steps to protect the furniture frames, the cushions and everything else that makes your patio such a special place to be.

Here are some tips to keep your patio furniture looking like new for many years to come.

  • Refinish your wooden patio furniture with a stain designed to resist the harsh rays of the sun. Choosing a UV-resistant stain can keep the vibrant colors on your patio furniture from fading and keep the wood in top shape as well.
  • Use covers to protect your patio furniture when not in use. Cushion covers can keep your upholstery from fading, while chair and lounge covers can protect the wood from sudden summer thunderstorms.
  • Consider storing your patio furniture indoors if you do not plan on using it for a while. While many residents of Phoenix and Scottsdale use their patios year round, others find the hottest months of winter too much to take. If you plan to give your patio a break this summer, storing it in a garden shed is a great way to protect it from the harsh rays of the sun.
  • Clean your furniture regularly. Allowing dirt to set in can make sun damage worse. Clean the upholstery on your patio furniture regularly using a stiff bristle brush to keep dust and dirt away. Clean up stains promptly using a combination of cold water and a mild cleaning solution.
  • Do not power wash your patio furniture or use harsh cleansers. Harsh cleansers can scratch the surface of the wood and leave tiny cracks in the upholstery. Power washers can damage the surface of both the frame and the upholstery.
  • Watch for mold and treat it promptly. Mold is a more serious problem in more humid parts of the country, but that does not mean your Phoenix or Scottsdale patio furniture is immune. Watch out for signs of mold – and treat it immediately.

For residents of Phoenix, Scottsdale and other warm climates, the patio is often the most active part of the home. If you love your patio, you will want to take steps to keep your furniture looking like new. The tips listed above can help you do just that and keep your outdoor furniture looking its best for many years to come.

Our outdoor patio furnishings are built to withstand the harshest elements the weather can bring and are made to last without compromising style and luxury. Shop at All American Fine Outdoor Furnishings for the highest quality in patio sets and accessories and lounge luxuriously in your back patio for any occasion without worry on wear or long-term damage. Call us at (877) 930-7070 or visit a store near you today!

3 Efficient Ways to Protect Your Patio Furniture During the Summer

Patio Furniture Covers

It is already April and before you know it, the summer sun and heat will be bearing down on your patio every day for the next 5 months. This is why it is important to properly take care of your patio and patio furniture! Here are three patio accessories that you will definitely need during the upcoming summer months.

1.    Patio Umbrellas

When you think about the job of patio umbrellas, you probably think about the protection they provide you from the sun, and you are right! That is what they are supposed to do, but it doesn’t just end there. Patio umbrellas are as great of a source of shade for your patio furniture as they are for you. The shade provided by patio umbrellas during the summer can help prevent weathering of your outdoor furniture. Learn about all the different types of patio umbrellas we have!

2.    Furniture Covers

When patio umbrellas don’t offer enough shade space for your furniture and you do not have a covered patio, consider purchasing patio covers. Often times people only think to cover their patio furniture during rainy and cold months but covering your patio furniture during the summer will protect it from the harsh sun which can do just as much damage as rain and snow. Another bonus to patio covers is when it comes time to enjoy your furniture, the frame and materials will be cool enough for immediate use.

3.    Protective Cleaner

Patio umbrellas and furniture covers are often the first things that are thought of when preparing your outdoor furniture for the summer heat. Protective cleaner on the other hand is frequently forgotten. What if you could have sunscreen for your patio furniture? There is a protective cleaner for that! These cleaners are one of the most simple, yet efficient ways at protecting patio furniture during the summer.

The summer is supposed to be one of the most fun times of the year! However, it can’t be if the sun is harmfully affecting your patio furniture. Try using these three patio accessories to help keep your patio the place to be this summer! Interested in learning more about any of these three products? Check out our website!

Patio Furniture Maintenance



Buying luxury patio furniture is expensive, but unlike the cheap stuff that falls apart after a year, high end patio furniture will last you many more. It will even last you a lifetime if proper maintenance steps are taken. The Following are precautions you can take to properly protect your patio furniture and further extend its life.

Seasonal Storage- Luxury patio furniture is made to last through the toughest of weather and are commonly treated with anti-rust finishes, but that doesn’t mean you should leave your patio furniture out during a blizzard. If you live in a climate with harsh winters, we always advise that you have a place to properly store your furniture so that it stays dry and away from, extra, unnecessary wear and tear. Before purchasing patio furniture, it is also important that you double check to see if your set is all-weather. If it is not, then storing your furniture during the cold months and putting covers on during rain, is a must.

Patio Furniture Covers Like we said before, it is always a good idea to get to know your patio furniture after buying it. Is it a material that is pron to rust? Does it have a anti-rust finish on it? Is it all weather? Are the cushions water resistant or water proof? If it isn’t any of these things, it is extremely important that you always cover your patio furniture when there is a chance of bad weather. If it is, it is still a good idea to cover your furniture if rain is a possibility. The more you keep your patio furniture away from harsh weather conditions, the longer it will last. Protective finishes can only last so long but if it does get caught in a mid summer storm, don’t sweat it!




Protecting Your Outdoor Furniture with Patio Covers

patio coverAs monsoon season approaches, you may be thinking of how best to protect your patio furniture from the elements. The strong winds and dust can wreak havoc on your yard and even cause damage to your outdoor patio furniture. By taking a few precautions before the storms roll into town you can ultimately save yourself a lot of time cleaning your furniture. Patio furniture covers can even save you money by preventing you from having to replace any damaged furniture.

All American Fine Outdoor Furnishings offers a variety of covers for just about every type of patio furniture that’s out there, including:

– Chair covers

– Table covers

– Chaise covers

– Loveseat covers

– Sofa covers

– Ottoman covers

– Umbrella covers

– BBQ grill covers

For items of those that there aren’t covers for, All American Fine Outdoor Furnishings offers specialty sprays that will clean and protect all of your outdoor belongings from color fade, soiling and staining.

Of course, if you hear about an especially strong monsoon that’s about to come through, it is safest to make sure all of your patio furniture is secured  and that anything that could potential blow away be put in your garage, shed or storage unit. Monsoons can be very dangerous, but tend to blow over pretty quick. Still, it is safer to take precautions with your outdoor furniture to protect your investment.

You can check out our entire selection of outdoor furniture covers by coming to any of three conveniently located Valley stores, or by visiting our online store at