Fixer To Fabulous Star Dave Marrs Shares His Thoughts On Adding A TV Screen To Your Backyard Patio

Dave and Jenny Marrs from HGTV's "Fixer to Fabulous" are no strangers to real estate and home decor trends. Speaking to Realtor, they share some things about their home that you might want to try in your outdoor space this summer. They talk about their screened-in back patio with a dining area and a porch swing bed, which is a trend currently, and are asked about their thoughts on adding an outdoor TV to this space.

Dave says he is torn between having one to catch a football game and giving his kids the chance to take full advantage of being outside. While adding a TV screen to your backyard patio can enhance your outdoor entertainment experience, there are some considerations to help you decide whether it's right for your home. Like Dave, you can weigh the pros and cons depending on how you plan to use the space, as well as your preferences and budget.

Things to consider before adding a TV screen to your backyard patio

Televisions give you something to do while you relax or socialize with family and friends outside. They can also enhance the visual appeal of your patio, adding a modern touch. However, it can be expensive to put together a very good setup. You need to consider the cost of buying and installing an outdoor TV and any additional accessories that come separately. Outdoor TVs also need to be protected against the elements, which means investing in a weatherproof and durable system.

While having a TV screen outdoors can be a good way to unwind, it might not be the best way to foster connections or entertain outside. It might be more beneficial to leave the TVs indoors so the outdoors can be dedicated to other types of activities.

Outdoor electronics are also more susceptible to theft or vandalism. This might require you to include the area in your home security system coverage.

Installation tips

When choosing a TV for your backyard patio, it helps when it is specifically designed for outdoor use, because outdoor-rated TVs are built to withstand various weather conditions. If you're using an indoor TV, look for one that can combat outdoor glare, and keep it in an enclosure or under a type of canopy.

Next, choose the right location to mount your outdoor TV. Consider factors like visibility, seating layouts, and protection from the elements. Plan for the necessary connections to power, cable, and audio or video sources, if applicable. Sound quality is especially important when outside, so you will probably need enhancements.

The TV should then be mounted securely on a wall or a sturdy mount suitable for outdoor use. If you can't go wireless with the attachments, you'll need to cover your cables well so they can't get in the way, and the setup looks good. Regularly clean and maintain your outdoor TV so it can last.