A patio cover is a frame with a roof built over an area. Normally the area is a yard space earmarked for outdoor dining. The area can be also a pool, a barbecue pit, or any yard space needing protection from the sun or the elements. Made out of variety of materials, the frames can be as simple as metal rods, wooden posts, or thick columns. The roofs can be a solid cap, or created from strips made into patterns. Some roofs possess large openings allowing sunlight and the elements to fall upon the protective area. Wood, vinyl, aluminum, or fabric are commonly use on the roofs. To a degree, roofs can be made of anything from plastic to slate.
There are three basic types of covers:
1. The Simple Overhang is a set similar to awnings. This is the most generic and cheapest to buy or make.
2. The Roofing Structure is a class where the roofs are complex structures and often more massive than those of other classes.
3. The Enclosed patio is a kind with one or more walls. Imagine a room opened up to the great outdoors.
Within these three types, there are legions of designs and styles. Custom designers often combine elements of two or more types. When planning take into account the cost, and consider the style of the surrounding property. This will help you get the job done right and ensured that you add value to your property. The cost should never exceed the going rate of return in the real estate market area for outdoor living space. To learn the outdoor living space rate of return, contact a real estate agent or professional.
All three classes are ideal protection for the patio decks and outdoor furniture, like even wicker furniture and furniture with outdoor cushions. Water, the element able to cut down mountains, falls on decks and furniture. No deck made of wood, or stone can bear the elements forever. Even treated or pressurized wood lose in time against the constant assault of water. Furniture, no matter how it is constructed, can win against water. Water trumps all.
The roofing structure and enclosure types provide an added style and value to properties. Restaurants use these classes to match their interior design. Hotels and office buildings do the same. Think of how either one of these types can add an open-air, livable space to a property without taking away the look and feel of the outdoors.
In most modern homes, people use patio covers and awnings, especially homes in warm climates. In the hot months of summer, they can shade an area and lowering the temperature by five to ten degrees. Awnings are good for doorways and windows but larger areas require more, better protection. Even a large area attached to a house, where many would think to put a roll up awning, a patio cover would work best providing a more solid shield against the weather. Its structure also can match the style of the home, such as wood-to-wood. Design wise, the awnings should match the color of the doors and shutters. A basic stone patio cover’s post, columns, or walls should match the walkways or deck design, and its roof usually flows from the same or similar style of the surrounding structures’ roof.