Patio Cover Selection 101

14 May 2021
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog


With spring weather settling in across the country, many homeowners are looking to create a warm-weather environment that they can enjoy in their backyard. If this sounds like you, then you may be looking to build a patio where your family and friends can gather. If you want a patio that's protected from the direct rays and heat of the sun, you might want to add a patio cover over the area. Here's a look at some of the things that you should think about when you're shopping for the right patio cover for your backyard.

Consider Durability

One of the first things that you need to think about is the durability of the patio cover. Remember that patio covers are typically fixed structures, so you need to be sure that the cover you choose is built to hold up over time.

Durability means choosing a structure that won't be vulnerable to pest infestations, such as termites. Vinyl or stainless steel frames are a great option in this case because they don't provide any kind of food source or shelter for pests. Additionally, stainless steel and vinyl also resist damage from environmental hazards such as water. You won't have to worry about weather damage on your stainless steel or vinyl patio structure, which means it will last far longer. 

Think About Fabric

You'll also want to talk with your patio cover installer about the fabric choices that are available to you for the structure you select. When you choose fabric, think about where you live and the types of considerations that the environment brings. Make sure you choose a patio cover fabric that will be resistant to damage from birds, pests, and UV rays from the sun. 

That may mean choosing the material that you want and having it sealed, or it may mean choosing a different fabric than you had intended simply to ensure longevity. Your patio cover installation technician can help you choose a cover that will protect against rain and sun without suffering damage from the elements.

Create A Cohesive Appearance

Once you have narrowed down your structure and the fabric for your patio cover, the next thing you need to think about is appearances. Patio cover fabrics and styles are as varied as home designs. That means that you can find a design and color that will match your home and create a seamless, cohesive appearance. This will help to add resale value and ensure that you get a better return on your investment.

Keep these things in mind as you look for patio covers