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Patio Cover Project: Choosing One for Your Desired Aesthetic

A patio can increase the perception of your home’s size by creating an outdoor living space. This is why it's probably a new favorite project in the latest home improvement trends. Like a living room, it allows you to spend family time and entertain guests outdoors during the warm, sunny months.

The way a patio is designed is based on the residents’ activities and lifestyle. For example, if your like hosting family and friends, having a covered seating area for socializing is a great addition. If you have dogs, you can create a playpen area for them so they can get out of the rain. If you are a cabin dweller, you can create additional relaxing patio experience if you do choose to cover your patio.


Patio covers offer different choices that can suit any homeowners aesthetic. It comes in different styles, shapes, sizes, and materials. Patio covers can be permanent for structures like the gazebo, carports, and pergolas. There are also conspicuous patio covers that are collapsible and can be stored when not needed.


Before you hire patio cover specialists such as to do the installation for you, it’s vital to know the different materials and styles that fit your aesthetic.

Top 3 Materials Used for Patio Covers


Wooden patio covers are the top choice for homeowners that wants an elegant but simple patio design. For years, wood has been used as a building material for many years since it is renowned for its innate patterns and colors. Using it for a cover is prevalent everywhere because most houses have structures or roofs that are made of wood. A wooden patio cover is the best way to merge the designs. However, wood is not durable compared to other materials. The material requires regular maintenance, treatment, and polishing. 


Because of its flexibility, durability, and lightweight, aluminum is a widely used construction material. Unlike wood, aluminum is the choice of homeowners who dislikes regular maintenance because it does not accommodate termites and moisture. A pressure washer against the cover will clean it instantly. Not everyone is a fan of aluminum covers though. First, hanging anything on the cover is a no-no when you are working with aluminum. It just can't handle too much weight because it's very malleable. Also, it is cheap-looking that's why some consider adding a faux finish on the aluminum covers.

Acrylic or vinyl

This material is widely used in commercial applications. Acrylics filter UV rays, but they do not darken the adjoined living space -- they diffuse them into soft light. It comes in various styles and colors. Patio covers made from acrylics or vinyl can resist severe weather conditions. They are also low-maintenance and damage-resistant. However, unless you apply polish or paint, it can get discolored due to constant exposure to the sun.

3 Different Styles of Patio Covers


A solid covered patio is the safest choice for homes located in areas that regularly experience heavy rain and snowfall. It will cover the patio entirely and protect it against extreme weather hazards.


Usually composed of metallic or wooden beams extending from the walls or columns, pergolas produce an intimate atmosphere because of its open and breezy feel. It amps up the patio without spending too much.


A lattice patio cover has the advantages of both the solid patio covers and pergolas. It sits between the two opposite styles since it partially covers the patio. It is formed by crisscrossing metal pieces until it resembles a trellis.


Patio covers offer an effective way of making your backyard less boring and more sophisticated. Also, while you enjoy the outdoors, you will obtain additional protection from harmful elements. This structure also makes your patio more comfortable by establishing a space to enjoy indoor activities while outdoors.

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