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What’s the Best Material for a Patio Cover?

What’s the Best Material for a Patio Cover?

With summer in full swing, many homeowners are looking to install patio covers to keep their outdoor entertaining spaces cool and shaded. Whether you want the yard ready for summer barbecues and parties or you want a peaceful spot to relax at the end of the day, patio covers are a great way to beat the heat and provide relief from the summer sun.

If you’ve already started looking for the perfect patio cover, you’ve found there are a number of materials to select from. It can be difficult to know which is best for you without a little background on each of them. We’ve rounded up an overview of some of the most popular patio cover materials.

Your Primer on Patio Cover Materials

Wood

It’s undeniable: wood patio covers are timeless, stylish, and its appeal can be easily manipulated to fit virtually any aesthetic style for your home and backyard livingspace.

The benefits start to taper off there, as wood requires a lot more maintenance than other cover materials. These patio covers need to be specially treated and seasoned to ensure they can withstand the elements—moisture, sun, and wind all cause notable damage relatively quickly if the wood is left untreated. This drives up cost of this patio covers over years to come. Wood patio covers also need special supports to help bear their heavier weight—another additional expense.

There’s no doubt that wood patio covers are beautiful, but you’ll need to be willing to deal with a few downsides if you take the plunge and purchase one. And as the years go on, be on the lookout for signs of mold, termites, and premature fading.

Aluminum

Aluminum patio covers have become increasingly popular in recent years. Because they’re made up of lightweight metal, they’re ideal for longer spans. Their primary drawback also lies in their thinness—aluminum conducts heat extremely well. Homeowners may find themselves driven inside by the radiating heat before very long.

Patio covers made from aluminum are best suited to moderate, mild climates. They’re exceptionally durable, but their ability to conduct heat makes them problematic in warmer areas. Consider an aluminum patio cover if you live in a cooler area of Idaho; it’ll be able to stand up to the elements and won’t transform your patio into an oven come summertime.

Alumawood

What if you could get the maintenance free awesomeness of aluminum, but with the natural beautify of real wood? Enter: Alumawood. They give you the power to leverage the benefits of both wood and aluminum covers—and they’re made of recycled materials! Thanks, Obama! Covers made of alumawood come in a wide variety of textures and colors. It’s easy to mimic the aesthetic appearance of virtually any natural wood without having to deal with the drawbacks of the real thing.

Due to its makeup, alumawood requires almost no maintenance on homeowners’ parts. A quick clean up here and there is all it takes to keep these covers looking brand new. Patio covers made from alumawood are lightweight, easy to handle and assemble, and are easily installed as extensions.

Partnering With Patio Covers of Idaho

No matter who or where you are, you should choose your patio cover’s material based on a handful of factors: budget, aesthetics, and geographical location. The Idaho climate differs from the climate in New York state, which differs wildly from the climate in Texas, which…

We think you get the picture. You’re well-primed to make the best decision for your home now that you’ve gotten the lowdown on the most popular patio cover materials. If you’re feeling ready to take the plunge and create the backyard space of your dreams, get in touch with us! Our team will provide you with a free project estimate to get the process started.
 

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