Patio Covers: What you Need to Know

August 14, 2015

So what exactly is a patio cover? Well, much like an awning, patio covers are shade structures that protect your backyard, patio, or other outdoor living area. So what’s the real difference?

An awning is a piece of cloth or specialty fabric on a frame that sticks out over a door or window of a home or business and provides shelter from the sun, rain, or other inclement weather. Awnings are a great way to protect a window, door, or room from afternoon heat.

Patio covers offer a variety of benefits to the homeowner and include but is not limited to the following:

  • Shade
  • Value Added to your Home
  • Protection of Patio Furniture
  • Extended Outdoor Living and Lounging Space

Just like awnings, there are different types of patio covers you can pick from. Here’s a quick list:

  • Vinyl
  • Aluminum (Metal)
  • Canvas
  • Aluminum Frame with a Canvas Top
  • Wooden Frame with a Canvas Top

In Addition Patio Covers can also have retractable waterproof louvered or canvas rooves. Optional drop shades can be added for sun protection or drop curtains for shelter from the cold and rain. These projects can be attached to a building or completely freestanding.

Keep in mind, patio covers also come in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and designs. Check with your local canvas or awning shop and see what they have in stock. Remember, you can also have your patio cover custom made.

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