5 Different Types of Patio Covers

Having a beautiful patio does wonders for the full enjoyment of your home. Having practical covers means being able to enjoy your outside spaces even if the sun is shining a little bit too bright or if there’s a rain drizzle. Thankfully, you don’t have to choose between beautiful and practical. With so many different types of patio covers, there’s bound to be one that blends seamlessly into your home’s architecture.

Types of Patio Covers

  1. Awnings. Whether you want to install a static or a retractable awning, you get the flexibility of staying outside even if the weather conditions are less than perfect. Not only will extra shade make your home and family more comfortable, you’ll also be protecting them from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
  2. Pergolas. If you love nature and the beauty of having a garden around you, pergolas offer you the option of covering your patio with climbing plants. From roses, to wisteria, honeysuckle, or passion flower, you add to your patio or backyard landscape by installing pergolas.  
  3. Thatched roof. There are people who love traditional decorations. Others dream of getting away to tropical paradises. Thatched roofs give you the option of giving your patio the look and feel of staying at a Caribbean resort or on a secluded beach in Bali.
  4. Patio Covers. If you just want something practical that will get the job done, patio covers provide a permanent, functional solution. It’ll allow you to install an outdoor extension to your home without having to provide too much maintenance.
  5. Canopies. Canopies are great for providing ambiance. If you love to host events in your backyard, canopies are a great way to make your surroundings look either more festive or laid back, depending on your preferences.

Types of Materials Used

The same way there are many types of patio covers, you have a wide array of materials to choose from. This allows you to custom design your outdoor space to your liking. The most popular types of materials for patio covers include:

  1. Wood. If you like more of a rustic, traditional look, wood’s natural colors are an excellent choice. You do have to keep in mind that this type of material does require additional maintenance to keep it from deteriorating with the elements.
  2. Aluminum. If you prefer a low-maintenance option, aluminum provides it. It’s also very weather resistant, which means it’s a powerhouse when it comes to durability. In addition, you could install faux finishes so that it looks like a different type of material.
  3. Vinyl. If you’re on a budget, rest easy knowing that you don’t have to keep putting off your patio cover project. Vinyl is both cost-effective and low-maintenance, which means that you not only save money at the time of installation, but in the long-term too.

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If you’re a Texas resident who wants affordable, local, and reliable patio coverings, let Allied Siding & Windows help you! As a proud James Hardie® Elite Preferred Contractor, you’ll know you’re working with one of the best siding contractors in the industry. Contact us for more information about our services or stop by one of our showrooms in Austin, Dallas, or Houston!