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.
Patio covers protect against the sun's harsh rays and would make your guests want to stay on for a little longer. Whether you're having a barbecue or afternoon cocktails with friends, patio covers keep them comfortable and protected.
Constructing a patio cover is almost like adding a new room or wing to your house. Some homeowners use this space to create a pocket garden and throw in a few lawn chairs and a table, while others treat them as semi-permanent additions to their residences, setting up a card table, or a television and some comfortable lounging chairs.
When you entertain out on the patio, you become more relaxed and so will your guests. First of all, you'll no longer have to worry about spills on your carpet or rowdy kids toppling over your expensive decor. Second, adults can enjoy chatting with each other under the comfortable shade of patio covers while they keep an eye on their children running around the garden.
There is a wide range of patio covers to choose from, but you first have to determine why you need to construct one. There are also certain places where it's necessary for the owner to secure a building permit, even if you're only installing a patio cover, so you need to look into this as well.
Do you want your patio cover made out of wood? Do you want it with a natural finish, or do you prefer to paint it with color? There are also other materials to choose from, such as prefabricated PVC or aluminum, which can last longer and withstand extreme weather conditions.
If you're planning to do this project yourself, check your patio layout and take the measurements as accurately as possible. Once you have the dimensions, the salesperson at the home depot would be able to make an estimate of the number of aluminum or wood panels you would require for your project.
DIY patio covers
Do-it-yourself kits for patio covers make it easy for even novice DIYers to work on their own project. These kits include anchors, brackets, screws, and fasteners and come with a comprehensive manual so you won't have to consult with a contractor.
One excellent example of an easy-to-install patio cover is B + R Installations' WeatherStopper Plus. It is made of insulated aluminum panels that offer more superior insulation than hardwood or brick, yet is still affordable. It has a mold- and mildew-resistant core between its aluminum layers and this is the reason why the company is confident enough to offer its buyers a lifetime warranty.
For a more traditional look, they also offer a lattice-style patio cover [http://www.homeimprovementbliss.com/patio-deck/patio-tables-hubs-of-activity-56]. It has the look of premium-grade wood yet lasts much longer. This is because it is made of virgin aluminum but has a deep wood-grain look and is coated with a finish that has been tested for all kinds of rough weather.
This kit is available in neutral colors such as beige, ivory, white, and adobe with various endcap models to choose from - scallop, corbell, bevel, and miter. Patio covers enhance the look of your home as well, so consider them a wise investment.
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.