A Builder’s Guide To Different Types Of Patio Covers

Homeowners have a lot of choice when it comes to patio covers

Homeowners have a lot of choice when it comes to patio covers

At Best Rate Repair, we meet lots of homeowners who want to get the most out of their backyard by adding a patio cover to their existing patio. Oftentimes, however, the homeowner isn’t really sure what type of patio cover they want. Many are surprised to learn about all the different patio cover options that are available.

So, for all you homeowners out there who are looking to improve your patio with a patio cover, here is a rundown of the most popular patio cover options.

Latticed Patio Covers

Latticed patio covers provide partial coverage from the sun and elements. They work particularly well in Southern California where rain is less of a concern.

Latticed patio covers provide a simple and pleasant ascetic and can be built directly from the house. While homeowners can hang plants, birdfeeders and wind chimes from latticed patio covers, in most cases, heavier objects are not recommended. They also usually can’t be wired for electricity, so if you’re looking for fans or lights, latticed patio covers are not the choice for you.

Lastly, lattice patio covers can be built with a variety of woods or metals. Wood patio covers provide a rustic, natural look, while aluminum patio covers are more durable and less sensitive to the weather. Make sure to read my post on wood vs. aluminum patio covers.

Solid Patio Covers

Many homeowners prefer to have full protection from the sun and elements. In this case, a solid patio cover is the right choice. A solid patio cover is essentially a roof. It provides shade and shelter and can make the patio a great place for hosting parties, eating family meals outside or even just settling down with a great book.

Solid patio covers can also be wired for overhead lights and fans, making it a great addition to an outdoor living room.

Solid patio covers come in all shapes and sizes and can be built out of a variety of woods or metals, including aluminum.

Duel Patio Covers

Some owners want the best of a latticed patio cover and a solid patio cover. In this case, we recommend building both! It is possible to build a patio where one half is latticed and the other half is solid. The benefit of this arrangement is that it gives the homeowners choice. They may want to feel the sun trickling on their shoulders in the morning but then enjoy the cool shade beneath the solid roof during the hot afternoon.

Other Kinds of Patio Covers

The majority of the patio covers we build at Best Rate Repair fall into one of the three categories above. However, homeowners do have additional patio cover options, which include awnings and even vinyl patio covers. Pergolas are also sometimes lumped into the patio cover category, though they are less “cover” and more of a framework for climbing plants.

Each different type of patio can be customized in a variety of ways. One homeowner’s latticed patio cover may look completely different from their neighbor’s latticed patio cover.  Each design is customized for the client’s particular home, vision and existing backyard design.

Still don’t know what type of patio cover you want? Give Best Rate Repair a call at (619) 229-0116 or contact us through our website to set up a no pressure, free consultation.


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