Things You Need to Know Before Adding a Patio Cover

One of the best routes to take in creating an inviting outdoor living environment would to have a patio cover installed over your patio. Normally, these are structures that can be attached to your home and will have two posts for supporting the outer part of the structure. When it comes to determining the type of roof you need, the amount of shade and protection from the weather should be taken into consideration. You can have an open air roof, or a solid one.

Where Should the Patio Cover be Built?

Yes, we understand the answer to this question may seem obvious – you’re probably saying “duh, over the patio!” However, there are functional and shade considerations that you need to think about. Typically, most patios are built off of the back door, but the location may not be in a shaded area. Covered patios are great for dining areas, outdoor living areas, outdoor kitchens, or built in fireplaces. In order to be sure where the maximum amount of shade can be achieved with your new patio cover, it is best that you consult a professional like so that you don’t waste your money.

Another factor that has to do with the location of your new structure would be the Home Owners Associations restrictions or the city building codes.  All cities have guidelines on where a structure can be built, whether it’s attached or detached. Along with the city requirements, you also need to pay attention to HOA’s guidelines pertaining to finish material, design, and even high restrictions. Again, it is best to speak with a professional that is familiar with your HOA guidelines and city requirements.

How Big Should the Cover be?

The old age saying of “Form follows function” fits when you’re answering this question. The size of the structure is going to vary, depending on the space you plan on covering. It is important that you make sure you’re getting your desired amount of shade from this new cover.

Along with the width and the length of the cover, you also need to consider the height.  A typical covered patio can vary anywhere from either to eleven feet tall. With a shorter patio cover, you will get even more shade, but one of the cons is the fact that you may feel cramped when you’re under it. The higher patio covers will give you a more open feel, but you’re going to lose some shade coverage.

Solid or Open Roof?

With open or solid covers, you’ll have different levels of protection and air circulation. For example, if you choose an open arbor that has a lattice roof, you will have more ambient light shining through, while creating some shade, but you won’t have much protection from a little shower. A lattice roof will maximize the air circulation, so you won’t need any ceiling fans.  Solid patio covers will increase the amount of shade you get and are the best at protecting you from rain. One of the drawbacks here is the fact that it isn’t the coolest choice because a solid roof can trap heat, but a ceiling fan will help you out.

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