Are you struggling to enjoy your outdoor space? Is your yard filled with direct sunlight and high temperatures that make it difficult for kids and pets to play? A patio cover may be the best solution for your outdoor area, as these structures can provide protection from harmful rays, hot temperatures, and can also provide privacy.
What is a Patio Cover?
A patio cover is a structure that is built over your patio to add shade and protection from the elements. The patio cover can be either attached to your home or an outbuilding, while other styles are freestanding to add an enhanced visual appearance to your property. Patio covers are typically attached to the home while the pergola style is freestanding. Both can provide ample protection from elements and can either have an open or solid roofing structure. Patio covers are great not only at providing shade and comfortable temperatures but can also work to make your outdoor space feel larger. There are several different styles and variations of patio covers available, making the choice personal and dependent on your design preferences. Read below to learn some key facts you should consider before having a patio cover built on your property.
What Should I Consider Before Building A Patio Cover?
Choosing to build a patio cover is a personal choice based on your outdoor needs, design preferences, and home aesthetic goals. Some may enjoy the shaded and comfortable temperatures a cover can provide while others will prefer the open roof to let some sunlight shine through. There are some important facts to consider before choosing a patio cover, though we always recommend reaching out to a team of professionals for design and installation assistance.
- Location of the Patio Cover
As stated above, there are multiple types of patio covers available. Some of these covers are attached as a direct extension of your home while others are freestanding on your property. When considering the location of your patio cover, it’s important to think of your outdoor needs such as shade, and what areas need the most attention. If you have important built-in appliances outdoors or have nice furniture in a designated seating area, this may also be a good place to have a protective patio cover installed. This can ensure your expensive and important items stay safe during weather events and can also provide you with a cool place to cook or lounge during hot temperatures.
- Patio Size
Another important consideration when building a patio cover is the size of your current patio and how high you would like the structure to stand. It may seem like the only option is to have your new patio cover the same size as your current concrete slab but this may not be the best choice for functionality or comfort. In some scenarios, you may want extra shade or added space for guests to sit that your current patio space does not offer. If you are working on a budget, it’s also important to consider the size of the space and how this will affect the overall costs.
- Will the Structure be Temporary or Permanent?
Some home or business owners choose temporary patio covers as a way to save money and costs on installation. Others choose this option if they are hosting an event or party where the extra shade is needed. Whether you choose a permanent or temporary patio cover is completely up to your needs and preferences, as both come with advantages and drawbacks. Temporary options are great for a quick, no commitment installation but may not stand up well to high winds or weather. Permanent installations are solid and reliable but require a bigger commitment.
- Open or Solid Roofing
This design preference will depend on your location, the climate, and your personal preferences. Both roofing options can provide unique benefits and setbacks and will depend on the level of protection you need. Solid roofing is a great option for patios in direct sunlight with minimal shade, while open roofing is great for letting some sunlight through to brighten the area. Many believe that a solid roof will help to keep the space cool but this is sometimes untrue. Solid material can trap heat and create a hotter space, which is why these patios can need fans to regulate temperature.
- Local Building Regulations
Another important consideration is the local building codes in your area and whether or not the project will need a permit to commence. This can be a setback if you are looking to have the job completed quickly or for a certain budget, as these permits can often be an added expense. Your licensed company will be able to provide more details on design permits and the added cost for these licenses.
Overall, it’s important to consider design elements and specifics before having a patio cover installed. Be sure to always consult a licensed professional with help obtaining building permits and with installation assistance.