Most Popular Types of Outdoor Patio Covers

Updated on March 7, 2018

Outdoor patio covers can come in many shapes, styles, sizes, materials, and prices.  Gazebo, pergolas, awnings, and carports are all more permanent types of patio coverings and structures.  Other types are less obtrusive like for instance, a retractable cover made of vinyl or fabric which can easily be opened and closed when need or a large patio umbrella could work just as well.  The possibilities are endless and depending on how much coverage and how permanent you want the structure to be, you can easily find a cover for your patio that best suits your family’s outdoor needs and lifestyle.

A covered patio can extend the square footage of your home to the outdoors.  Family time can be spent outside in activities like cooking, dining, socializing, or just plain relaxing.  The way you decorate or design the outdoor area will determine the types of activities your family can enjoy outdoors.  For instance, you can create a seating area for socializing and relaxing, a grilling area for cooking, and a table and chairs area for dining.  The possibilities for entertaining are endless but can only be accomplished if the patio space is properly covered.  The most durable and popular type of patio cover on the market today are metal patio covers.  Wood patio covers are also popular but they are not as durable and require a little more maintenance.

Metal Patio Covers

Metal patio covers can be made of many different types of metal materials with the most popular but the most popular material is aluminum. Aluminum patio covers are easy to assemble and install and can be purchased in many different styles, sizes, and colors. Aluminum patio covers are also fairly inexpensive to purchase. The material is durable and can resistant outdoor conditions that cause other materials like wood to deteriorate with time. Insects are another downfall for wood materials but not a problem for metal structures.

Alumawood is a material that is designed to look and feel like wood but it is actually metal inside. Alumawood patio covers have become the only answer for homeowners looking for a wooden cover but want the durability of metal. Alumawood covers come in many different styles including awnings, pergolas, carports, and gazebos. You can find various types, sizes, shapes, and prices of Alumawood products at various places on the internet. The product is well worth the investment if you like the look of wood but want the durability and maintenance free benefits of metal products.

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Wood Patio Covers

Wood patio covers are still very popular for homeowners that want their materials to remain consistent especially on the outside of their home.  For instance, if a home is made from cedar then it is wise to purchase structures that are also made of cedar to match the home.  Wood patio coverings come in many shapes, sizes, materials, and prices.   Some wood materials cost more than others and some are more popular because they have very little impact on the environment.  For example, wood materials like bamboo and maple are considered sustainable woods because the wood is not being cut down faster than it can grow back or be replaced by new trees.  There are many types of eco-friendly wood choices available on the market today.  The internet is the best place to start learning about sustainable wood and where you can get structures that are made by these materials.

Lattice patio covers made of wooden materials are by far the most popular design in wood outdoor structures.  The beauty and intricate elegance of lattice work has been a number one choice by many homeowners who wish to use wooden materials to decorate the outside areas of their home.  In areas that are part of a garden, pool, or patio, lattice wooden structures add both division in space and privacy for homeowners that wish to enjoy the outdoors without being completely in the open and exposed.  Climbing plants and vegetables can also be grown on the lattice structures to add even more function to your outdoor spaces.

Vinyl Patio Covers

Vinyl patio covers are very similar to Alumawood products.  The vinyl material can look and feel very much like wood but it is actually plastic.  Vinyl structures do well in outdoor conditions and require very little maintenance.  An occasional washing is all that is required if you want your vinyl structures to stay looking great.  Vinyl covers come in easy to assemble and install kits that are designed to last as long as metal products but less expensive to purchase.  Some vinyl kits even come with some kind of money back guarantee should you not be satisfied with the structure during a specified time frame. 

Makers of vinyl products are using more and more recycled materials in the making of their products.  Vinyl is quickly becoming another environmentally friendly product.  You can find eco-friendly vinyl products online at various websites.  Vinyl is light weight so shipping charges should be reasonable depending on the size of the structure.  There are many manufacturers and distributors of vinyl patio coverings on the market so prices are very comparable if you choose to shop around for the best deal.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


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