Enjoy the Outdoors More with a Covered Patio

A covered patio.

A high quality and well-designed patio cover can do wonders to enhance the beauty, livability, and even the value of virtually any home. With a patio enclosure, your part-time outdoor space can instantly be transformed into a year-round outdoor getaway, perfect no matter what the weather outside may bring.

A covered patio can provide all the things people love about patios, from barbecuing to quiet relaxation, without the problems of excessive heat, excessive cold, bugs, or rain. Those homeowners who install a covered patio will be able to enjoy outdoor entertaining year-round, and not be subject to the whims of Mother Nature.


Homeowners these days have many choices when it comes to covering their patio, and many different types of materials to choose from. From wood patio enclosures to glass-covered patios, there are many choices, and it is important to choose a covered patio that fits your unique needs and lifestyle.


One important factor to consider when installing a covered patio is how much upkeep each model will require. For instance, natural wood patio covers, while gorgeous to look at, will generally require more upkeep than aluminum, acrylic, and fabric-covered patios. You should determine how much time you have to devote to chores such as painting, weatherproofing, and the like.

Alternative Options

For a more maintenance-free covered patio, you may wish to consider alternative materials such as acrylic or aluminum. While these materials may lack the natural beauty and seamless integration of real wood, they are able to provide many years of maintenance-free performance, no matter what the weather. If you prefer to do less maintenance and more living, you may wish to consider these synthetic alternatives to real wood. Acrylics and aluminum covered patio covers can also be a good choice for those in regions of the country with lots of rain and snow, since these materials will not suffer from the water damage that is inherent to natural wood.

For those homeowners who want the best of both worlds, there are a number of new artificial wood-grained covered patio designs. These covered patios are designed to provide the beauty and charm of natural wood with the easy upkeep and durability of aluminum and acrylic. There are many acrylic and aluminum wood-grained covered patios on the market, so many that the hardest part may be choosing only one.


No matter what type of material is used for a covered patio, many homeowners are bothered by the closed in nature of such a room. For a more airy, lighter feeling, a latticed covered patio may be the answer. These latticework patio covers can allow natural sunlight to shine through, providing a more natural and more pleasant experience.

The latticework patio cover uses an open framework which consists of crisscrossed strips of wood or metal. There are many different designs available for latticed covered patios, so it should be possible to find a design to match virtually any home.