Creative Outdoor Patio Enclosures
Patio covers have become quite popular in recent years for homeowners looking to improve their outdoor space. Covers provide sun and rain protection that will allow you to spend more comfortable time outside. They also will keep your furniture dry, allowing it to last for several extra years. A cover can also reduce your energy bills and make your yard look even prettier. Insulated patio covers offer even more benefits to homeowners.
Building a wooden deck onto the back of your home or in your backyard or adding a patio adds value to your house and gives you another space for living and entertaining. A deck or patio is a wonderful place to host a party or to have a few friends over to relax with drinks. It increases the amount of livable space of your home by allowing you to move some of your indoor activities outside. Many people spend most of their summers outdoors on their decks and patios.
Some creative things you can do with your deck or pation are things such as adding another eating area, creating a play space for children, and adding another place to cook and prepare meals. Some people go as far as creating an entire outdoor cooking, eating, and living room area on their decks.
Most people use their decks or patios as an outdoor eating area and many have gas grills to help with cooking. Today, though, more and more people are building entire kitchens on their decks and patios. The sky is the limit as manufacturers are creating outdoor food prep and kitchen equipment specifically geared for the outdoors. Stainless abounds as it is weatherproof and looks good even after a heavy rainstorm. Gas is still the preferred fuel for outdoor cooking. Sinks and small refrigerators are also becoming popular outdoors. It makes food prep and cleanup much easier if you have a sink right near your outdoor gas cook stove.
Outdoor dining furniture has improved over the years. Previously, you had you choice of metal tables and chairs. Now, you will find all types of exotic woods, man-made wicker, and even weatherproof upholstered furniture for your outdoor dining area.
And for relaxing, the days of folding lawn chairs are over! Overstuffed chairs with water-resistant fabrics are popular, as are synthetic wicker furnishings with weatherproof cushions. And the fabric choices are vast allowing you to color coordinate with almost any outdoor décor on your deck or patio.
So don't think of your deck or patio as simply a place to hang out outdoors. Think of them as an extension of your indoor living space.
Insulated patio covers have a piece of insulation in the middle of two pieces of patio cover material. One popular choice of material is aluminum. Aluminum is lightweight, non-toxic, and will last for many years because it is quite durable. Aluminum is much less expensive than a wood or metal cover, and is available in many different colors, designs, and finishes. They can withstand extreme rain or sun as well as scratching. They can be cleaned very easily and require very little maintenance otherwise. To clean it, all you need to do is take a broom to it with some cleaning solution.
Insulated patio covers have an advantage over non-insulated counterparts because they can keep your patio even cooler in hot summer months. The insulation is made of foam sheets that are placed in the middle of two aluminum panels. This design enhances the cover’s effectiveness as a weather deterrent, and will also help reduce your energy bills by even more since it keeps the area under your patio cooler than ever before. Insulated covers can also have polystyrene cores and can be equipped with cleat connectors made of vinyl.
The covers are normally made with interlock features that make the padding useful since it becomes stuck tightly in between the aluminum pieces. Aluminum can be purchased with laminate finishes that will provide extra resistance during rain and snow periods. These covers will also mute the sound of raindrops, an added bonus. They require special treatments to your roof and can be fitted with plywood if you do not want an aluminum cover.
All in all, you have many options when purchasing a cover – you get to choose the material, whether it is insulated or not, and if you want a finished insulated cover or not. Be sure to do adequate research before buying so you buy what is best for you. I recommend insulated patio covers.