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The Many Types of Patio Covers and Their Uses

Posted by on June 11, 2019 in Stuff with 0 Comments

A property is much more than the dwelling built within its borders. While a homeowner might spend much of their time sleeping, cooking, and relaxing inside of their home, few would say that the surrounding area doesn't affect their choice to purchase that property.

Being able to enjoy your property during the warmer months by soaking up some fresh air, and maybe even getting some sunbathing, is a part of the home-owning experience. But then, not all homes are conducive to this kind of lifestyle from the get-go. For some, it might be necessary to invest in a patio cover to create a more suitable leisure area that's still technically outdoors. Patio covers are often attached to the roof of the home and function to create shade and a proper patio area where people can relax.

These covers come in tons of different materials, each with their own nuances:

Lattice

It's highly likely you've been too exposed to latticework before, but it's more often used in vertical fencing as opposed to horizontal patio covers. These are patio covers made from criss-crossed patterns of wood that will allow some sunlight to pass through while delivering some great aesthetics. Lattice is favored by many because it's easy to install on your own, and can be purchased practically entirely pre-made at most hardware stores. All it takes is some fastening, and you're good to go.

Vinyl

Vinyl patio covers are a favorite of those who enjoy the durability and longevity in anything they buy. These types of covers are entirely waterproof and rustproof, eliminating the two main causes of patio cover decay right off the bat. Not only that, they are very strong and can take a bit of a beating. What scares people away from vinyl patio covers is that they are typically the least visually appealing out of all the possible options. Of course, personal taste does factor in, but vinyl tends to be the least aesthetically pleasing variety of cover.

Aluminum

Most metal patio covers are made from aluminum, thanks to its great strength to weight ratio, and how it can be shaped in a few different ways to make for some somewhat futuristic-looking covers. Many companies dedicate vast resources to perfecting their aluminum patio cover designs, Royal Covers being one outstanding example. The main benefits of aluminum would be its ability to reflect heat away from the patio area and its long-term durability. On the other hand, the biggest hindrance to aluminum covers would be things like falling tree limbs or other hefty materials. They are likely to compromise the structure of the aluminum cover, thanks to its thin design.

Conclusion

Choosing to enjoy all of your property inside and out should be a no-brainer. You spent the money purchasing your property. Every square inch should be cherished. The question now is how exactly you're going to make that a reality. If you think a patio cover is just what you need to step those vital feet from inside to outside, that's great! Now, you have to figure out what material suits you best. Are flawless looks your thing, or do you just want something functional that will last? Either way, we hope you have some lemonade on standby.

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