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Covered Patios

A covered patio allows people to enjoy relaxing or entertaining outdoors but, at the same time, affords protection from the weather. A covered patio, for instance, ensures the backyard barbecue won't end because of rain. Covering a patio basically creates an outdoor ’room’ and extra living space in a home. With a cover, a patio can become an extension of a house, a garden, or a poolside area. Decorating a patio enhances its visual appeal, which adds resale value for the homeowner. Covers for patios vary in their appearance, functionality, amount of weather protection, and materials. Whether the homeowner will need professional help with installation or can create a covered patio as a do-it-yourself project depends primarily on the size of the project and the manner in which the cover is connected to the house.

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Types of Patio Coverings

Patios can be covered with something as simple and inexpensive as large umbrellas; those with push-button tilt options are more practical as the direction of the sun moves. A canvas-type canopy is another easy way to cover a patio. Another inexpensive��yet truly beautiful��option for a covered patio is a latticework trellis. The overhead trellis can be covered with climbing vines or flowers, providing shade and fragrance for the patio users. A trellis is usually made of wood aluminum and comes in either a flat, or arched-curved shape. If vivid colors and dramatic patterns are desired, adding a color-coordinated valance to the front and/or side of a trellis or canopy patio cover is great idea. The valance can be attached easily with eye-hooks and grommets, and the valance fabric can be selected to match the patio furniture. Umbrellas, canopies and trellises, however, afford only minimal protection from rain.

Awnings for Your Patio

The best option for a protective patio cover is an awning. Awnings come in motorized and manually operated models for easy retraction when people prefer enjoying the overhead sun on the patio. Some awnings come with a remote control allowing the awning to be opened or closed when not on the patio. Awning patio covers can be canopy-like decorator fabrics or made of aluminum, wood or vinyl. If the cover is a solid material, rather than a fabric, homeowners should select a cover with a warranty against chipping or peeling. In addition, solid patio covers must be strong enough to hold up to eight inches of wet snow and sustain 90 mph winds.