Patio covers are used to create a roof for an open space that helps transform the area into a porch or a sit out.
These covers are used to extend actual house areas and can be installed quite easily. To meet increased customer demands, manufacturers have created numerous patio cover types of different materials. Aluminum patio covers are a popular choice as they require minimum maintenance and are easy to clean. People need to use special cleaning solutions and a stiff broom to clean aluminum patio covers. Aluminum varieties can be sturdy, offering long-term durability. They may also be fitted with inbuilt drainage systems that facilitate immediate drainage of rainwater.
Patios with covers serve another purpose.
Very often we are too lazy after a barbeque or a lazy afternoon to stack chairs and tables inside or fold the umbrella. Patio covers do the work for us and furniture can be left where it is, protected from rain and sun. There is a choice in patio covers depending on the natural environment and construction of the house.
Wood is preferred by people who want a natural look gelling with landscaping or the interior of the house. Wooden patio covers are at a disadvantage when compared with aluminum or acrylic Patio covers. The latter are maintenance-free and durable with built-in rain gutters, while wood needs to be termite- and water-resistant. Synthetic wood is a substitute with one major flaw. It cannot be used as a structural or support material and has to be covered with real wood beams, increasing the cost of the Patio cover.
Aluminum patio covers are available in designs that are fitted with transparent sheets to allow sunlight to pass through, offering adequate lighting. They are also available in insulated varieties that use special foam between two aluminum sheets. These covers are easy to install and are mostly attached to a house with the help of a support framework. These covers are usually fitted at an angle that assists in cleaning and prevents water collection. Before finalizing a purchase, customers may engage in comparison-shopping to find an affordable and appropriate aluminum patio cover.
If adventurous and looking for a brighter and more refreshing set-up, select a clear glass or lattice aluminum cover or the dependable acrylic ones. These let in partial sunlight and, unlike concrete or full covers, do not make you feel boxed in.
Fabric in different colors and patterns is another option for a patio cover. The selection of patio covers is subjective to personal choice and budget. No point in copying the next door neighbors or an advertisement in home magazines. Some enterprising individuals prefer constructing or assembling patio covers themselves, or using individual covers for chairs, tables, swings and umbrellas. All one can say is, read instructions carefully as a patio is an aesthetic extension of your house.
Written by NJWriter of litrausa.com
New Jersey Writer. Retractable Roof