5 practical ideas: Wind protection for the terrace: These tips will help on cold days

If it is particularly drafty on your terrace - even on less gusty days - purchasing a windbreak can definitely make sense.

5 practical ideas: Wind protection for the terrace: These tips will help on cold days

If it is particularly drafty on your terrace - even on less gusty days - purchasing a windbreak can definitely make sense. Depending on how often and how strong your outdoor area is hit by gusts of wind, you should use a more or less stable variant. Not only size and design play a role here, but above all the material. In addition, there are short-term solutions that can be implemented quickly, such as sun sails, wooden elements and side awnings. But long-term solutions (e.g. a hedge) are also useful, but they take longer to implement. In the following, we will present both options in more detail.

A particularly flexible and inexpensive windbreak for the terrace is the sun sail: available in different sizes and colours, the water-repellent square is stretched vertically at four points of your choice in the garden using fastening ropes (which are already included in the scope of delivery). According to the manufacturer, the material is not only environmentally friendly, tear-resistant, mold and stain resistant - it also contains integrated UV protection.

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So that you are not exposed to strong gusts, a protective barrier that is between 1.80 and two meters high is recommended. A classic wooden wall, for example, which is wind and privacy protection at the same time, is also well suited for the terrace. The material is particularly durable and weather-resistant, and it also visually enhances any garden. Here, too, you can choose between different sizes, designs and materials such as fir and spruce wood, bamboo or plastic. There are even pre-beveled wooden fence panels that you can combine with others. It is usually installed on the edge of the terrace or directly on a fence.

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A normal awning that has been mounted on the house is primarily used for sun protection - and withstands light rain showers. But did you know that there are also models that can be attached to the side and thus serve as a windbreak for the terrace? Extendable side awnings, which you only use when necessary, i.e. on windy days, are particularly practical. Depending on the manufacturer, there are different sizes in different colors. The housing is attached directly to the wall of the house, but you do not need any special prior knowledge for assembly.

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Admittedly, a trellis with a plant box only works as a windbreak when the plant has grown over the entire trellis. This takes time and patience - but once the ivy, grapevine or climbing rose has spread over the trellis, you can not only enjoy the beautiful view: you have also created a natural wind and privacy screen for the terrace that enhances your garden optically enhanced.

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A wire basket filled with stones is also called a gabion. In the past, the massive walls were mainly used in road and path construction, but nowadays you can also find them more and more often in the gardens of many homes. The stone baskets have the advantage that they can act as a natural privacy and wind protection for the terrace - and at the same time as a raised bed or herb spiral. In addition, the cavities offer space for small animals (e.g. lizards) and insects. Gabions are particularly durable because they are insensitive to all weather conditions.

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There are also long-term solutions for the terrace, such as a hedge. It serves as a natural wind and privacy screen in the garden, but it takes a lot of time until it has reached the necessary size. Specimens such as the tree of life, the yew or the cypress grow particularly densely. Hornbeam and copper beech let more light (and wind) through, but are also good windbreaks. In particularly stormy regions such as the North Sea and Baltic Sea, robust hedges made of field maple or hawthorn are recommended.

As an alternative to the hedge, you can also build a wall (or have it built) that serves as a windbreak for the terrace all year round. Significantly more expensive to buy, but also more durable, should the massive structure be at least 1.80 meters high. However, before you decide on a wall, you should think carefully about your choice of material: the stones should not only suit your garden, but also your house (or apartment). Once the wall is up, it will be difficult to reverse your decision.

Source: "My beautiful garden"

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