If you are like a large percentage of the population, all week long you look forward to the weekend, so you can have cookouts with family and friends. To make the most of these special days when you create lifelong memories there are a few essentials that you should have.

Barbeque Grills

Obviously, the number one thing that you need to start looking at is barbeque grills. The right grill can make all the difference in your cooking. If people often make an excuse not to eat when they come over, this is a good indication that you need a new grill. Take some time and decide what style need. If you are remodeling, consider adding a built in grill. Most importantly make sure you have a quality cover to put on when it is not in use to keep it clean and protect it from the elements.

Patio Umbrella

Unless you are blessed with lush shade trees over your patio you are going to need an umbrella. Not only will this help keep people more comfortable, it will protect against the sun’s damaging UV rays. Like barbeque grills, patio umbrellas should also be protected with a cover when they are not being used.

Patio Heater

Barbeques on sunny afternoons often turn into late evenings with drinks. Of course even a mild evening can feel incredibly cool after a hot day. A patio heater will keep everyone warm and comfortable. They come in an array of sizes and styles. A tall standup model is ideal for a larger patio. For a more budget-friendly option, choose one you can bring out and place on a table. There are also some that can be mounted up on the wall, so they are completely out-of-the-way.

Bug Repellant

Whether you are gathering during the day or the evening, there will be biting and stinging insects to deal with. Citronella candles and bio ethanol torches will help a lot. You will also want wasp traps hanging at a safe distance from the patio to attract these pests away from your watermelon!

Outdoor Rugs

Why should everyone be forced to keep their shoes or flip flops on? Summer is about being barefoot, but this is impossible to do if you are forced to walk across a scorching hot deck. A stylish outdoor rug will add the finishing touch to your space, and allow guests to finally ditch those shoes that they are dying to kick off.