Benefits and Styles of Patio Covers

Patio covers install over your outdoor space to offer protection from various elements. When you want to get the most out of your yard, this installation can help you achieve this goal. Explore various materials and styles to enable you to choose the unit that meets your needs.

Benefits

The furniture and other accessories you keep outdoors on a patio will receive ongoing exposure to weather. Whether you have wood, plastic, or metal furnishings, these items will wear down from the elements. Cushions and throws could also get wet in the rain. Even the patio itself will receive ongoing wear from the weather. Sun and wind can result in fading and damage over time. Rain, hail, and snow can also cause significant damage to furniture.

The shade provided by patio covers can keep the temperature lower on the patio. This temperature difference can be as much as 10 degrees. The shade can also help keep your home cooler due to the shaded windows. The result of this shade can be a lower cooling bill during the summer.

With a shaded outdoor space, it's likely that your family will use this area more often, even during the summer. This can add to the total living space of your home. Many homeowners find that adding this structure will increase the overall value of a home.

Materials

Wood lattice or solid covers are a popular choice. With lattice, you control the amount of shade with the spacing of the slats. It's possible to achieve up to 60 percent shade with lattice. Many people choose lattice because it allows some sun to shine through, which can benefit potted plants growing in this area. For full shade, opt for a solid expanse overhead made out of wood.

Aluminum patio covers are environmentally friendly and durable. They come in a variety of styles and colors and are suitable for any style and decor. Aluminum materials are inexpensive, yet attractive and effective for providing shade and protection from the elements.

Some aluminum structures have baked enamel surfaces. Baked enamel has a variety of benefits because it will not peel or chip. The baked enamel also comes in a variety of colors to match any home exterior and patio style.

Maintenance

Many homeowners keep their patio covers in place year round, especially those who live in warm climates. Even in regions that get snow, leaving the structure in place can help protect this area from damage from precipitation. It's best to dismantle an aluminum cover at least once each year to perform cleaning. Annual cleaning will prolong the life of the cover by reducing cracking and dulling. Wash a wood structure periodically. You may also need to seal and stain or paint the wood surfaces to protect them from moisture. With regular maintenance and cleaning, it's likely that these structures will last for years.

Boost the usefulness and beauty of your outdoor space by adding an attractive structure over it. Your family will enjoy the space more, and you can help preserve the life of your furniture for many more years.