Most people who own a home with a patio either say that they rarely use it, or that is the one of the most useful features of their home. A patio is expensive to build, regardless of what it is made with – brick, tile, concrete, or a different type of surface. Why wouldn’t someone want to protect their investment by installing a patio cover that costs a fraction of the money spent to build the patio?
With a patio cover, you can turn your patio into a sanctuary when the weather is not ideal. If it would normally be too hot to lay out in the sun, a patio cover can provide needed shade so you can enjoy the sun in a more comfortable setting. This is also healthier for yourself since you are not directly receiving harmful UV rays from the sun. You will also keep you and your patio furniture dry with a cover, allowing you to remain outside comfortably and your furniture to last longer. Patios are meant for relaxing and entertaining, both of which can be vastly improved with a patio cover.
When choosing what type of patio cover is best for you, think first about what you want to turn your patio into. Do you need side panels to fully enclose your patio in a rain or wind storm? Do you only want it to partially shade your patio so you can still get a decent amount of sun? Do you want your cover to be retractable so that it is only used when needed? You will have many options to choose from – retractable awnings, cabanas, gazebos, arbors, canopies, and more.
The main decision you will have to make is the material that you want to shield your patio. There are advantages and disadvantages to every material that should have a sizable effect on your choice. Wood, for example, may be prone to rotting if you are in a very rainy climate. Aluminum is sturdy, cheap, and can be painted colors, but you may want something classier protecting your patio.
You will most likely have to choose from either installing a patio cover kit or creating a custom cover to suit your needs. Make sure that you do enough research to establish a solid plan before taking any drastic actions. The last thing you would want to do is buy a patio cover kit and realize that it does not match up to your patio’s measurements when you try and install it. This will waste time and money for you, as well as future time that could be spent relaxing or entertaining on your patio!