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Eating outdoors
Spring is finally here (according to the calendar AND the thermometer), which means it’s a good time to start thinking about a plan for your outdoor space – you know, the one you keep saying you want to use but never get around to fixing up.
With a little creativity, you can turn that space into your family’s favorite spot to kick back and relax.
Just imagine sitting around a propane fire pit while you serve a meal prepared in your outdoor kitchen…or swimming in your propane-heated pool deep into a chilly the evening in late spring or early fall before retreating under your heated patio awning. It’s all possible with a little planning, a little help from us, and an assist from clean, green propane.

Ace-Robbins: your Outdoor Living source

Ace-Robbins is your source for all things Outdoor Living here in North Pennsylvania, including:

Imagine what you could do with another room that’s open to the air but equipped with all the amenities you know and love. It’s possible – and it’s more affordable than you think.
Contact us today to get a FREE estimate and learn how you can take your outdoor entertaining up a notch this spring – with a little help from Ace-Robbins!

Modern patio
As February transitions to March here in Pennsylvania, it’s time to think ahead to outdoor entertainment season – especially if you want to kick it off as soon as possible.
One of the best ways to add some weeks to your barbecue and star gazing in 2018 is to invest in a propane patio heater, which will get the party started earlier in the spring and keep it going well into the fall.
What factors do you need to consider if you’re shopping for a propane patio heater? Here’s a quick guide to the five most important ones:

  1. Size, power, and heating area – The three most important features to consider when choosing a patio heater are how big it is, how powerful it is (measured in BTUs), and how far it “throws” its heat. Heating diameter will vary considerably depending on the brand and style of heater, even if the two units have similar outputs – make sure you choose a unit that covers the area you need to heat.
  2. Configuration – Propane patio heaters typically come in three configurations: wall-mounted, tabletop or freestanding. Tabletop propane heaters are typically about four feet high and output bout 10-12,000 BTU; freestanding heaters range between seven and nine feet high and output 40,000 BTU or more.
  3. Safety features – Most standing patio heaters include an anti-tip feature, which automatically shuts off the heater if it falls past a certain angle. Other safety features to look for include an oxygen depletion sensor (ODS) and an overfill protection device (OPD).
  4. Efficiency – Find your heater’s AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating. AFUE is a lot like MPG for your car: the higher the number, the more efficient your heater is.
  5. Style and finish – Patio heaters are available in a range of styles and finishes – from modern stainless models to brushed copper and enamel painted options.

Need help choosing the perfect patio heater for your PA home? We can help. Contact us today to get your outdoor entertainment season off to an early start!

propane patio torches and patio furniture Wilkes-Barre PADo you have a boring patio? When you look at your patio or deck furniture do you think to yourself, “Wow, this furniture is ugly“. Do you think that your friends and family look at your furniture and wince? Does your furniture resemble a style that was “in” when disco was popular? Ace-Robbins, specialists of patio furniture Wilkes-Barre PA, share some great ideas on what you can do make your patio look inviting again.
It doesn’t matter if you want to spend time with your family or entertain guests  with your barbecue grill on the weekend, the following are five patio ideas that will make your patio space enjoyable again. Hopefully, these affordable patio ideas can make it look and feel exciting again.

Eliminate Pests

You can’t really enjoy your patio if it has irritating pests. Don’t make it easy for your pests by putting mulch around your patio. This just gives them more chances to spread it all over your patio. Try using pine cones instead.
Pests won’t be able to dig in mulch and run around on your patio if they are met with spiky pine cones. Also, pine cones make soil acidic, and this is food for plants such as azaleas and rhododendrons. In addition, pine cones decompose at a slow rate. This means that you won’t have to keep putting new pine cones in the area, and this saves time. The good thing is that pine cones are free in most parts of the country.

Add Color to Your Concrete

Make your patio beautiful again with a can of colorful spray paint. Use a vibrant color and paint a bold pattern on your patio. You can easily transform your patio for the better with a can of paint and pattern stamps.
The goal is to choose a design that makes your patio space beautiful and inviting. If you are a creative person, pick a carpet print and try to imitate it. Even if you aren’t the creative type, just applying a different stain will make your patio look much better.

Get Rid of Furniture Rust

There’s nothing like enjoying the sunshine on your patio while sipping on your favorite frozen drink. However, you can’t do this if the patio furniture is rusty and worn. Unfortunately, you don’t have money in the budget to purchase a whole new set of patio furniture. But don’t throw away your rusty furniture. Just get rid of the rust.
There are plenty of ways to get rid of rust. If there is just a small amount of rust, all you have to do is scape away the rusty areas. This can be done by using sandpaper, wool or a wire brush. You’ll also need a lot of patience and elbow grease. Opt for a wire brush drill if you want an easier way to get the job done.
If the furniture is extremely rusty, apply vinegar to the areas as well. You could also try using chemical rust converters such as Rust Oleum. These types of chemicals transform rust, which helps make the furniture last much longer. Just treat the rusty area, and your furniture should look as good as new. Thus, you can expect to spend more days in the sun.

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Eliminate Trash and Get Organized

How can you enjoy your patio if rubbish is scattered everywhere? Get rid of the trash and create better storage options. It’s just as important to organize your outdoor space as it is your indoor space. Get serious and organize your patio space. Declutter and make the space feel more open, beautiful and inviting.
Yes, there is one idea in particular that can really organize your outdoor space, and it is an inexpensive option as well. Just purchase a few wooden crates and spray paint them to compliment the patio furniture. Once they are painted, seal them so that they are not only beautiful but also weatherproof. Also, glue the crates together and add wheels on the bottom. It’s up to you to get the look and feel that you want for your patio. Try giving it a comfortable and rustic feel, but make sure that it has plenty of storage.

Create a Handmade Fire Pit

Build a fire pit that is a showstopper. A small fire pit can provide a focal point and also keep you warm on those chilly mornings and nights. It is a great way to make your space beautiful and functional.
Also understand that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your patio inviting and comfortable. Look around for great plans that allow you to build your own fire pit. Find one that can be built with heat resistant pavers or fire bricks. They cost about $5.00 per paver. Put a few of these in a little circle on a slab of stone, and you will have an eye catching fire pit. Make sure that fire proof materials are used and all fire regulations are followed. Also, don’t forget the marshmallows.

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Patio Furniture Wilkes-Barre PA

You can make your patio look great and inviting by following these simple patio ideas. Sometimes, just changing the lighting or adding propane patio heaters can make a huge difference. Many people have been surprised at what their patio looks like once they add something like propane patio torches or they just change out the original patio furniture. You would be surprised at what that alone will do for your patio’s appearance.
Ace-Robbins specializes in making your patio look and feel great. Be sure to contact us and we will answer any questions that you might have and we can help you find the best patio solutions.  Even if your patio looks like it was “in” during the disco era, we can find a way to make it feel comfortable. We have been in business since 1961 and since then, we have been providing quality services at affordable prices for of Scranton, Tunkhannock, Wilkes-Barre, and other nearby communities.
Contact us today or give us a call at (570) 836-3232 if you have any questions.