In many other parts of the country, spring is the time of year when the snow begins to thaw, and the temperature slowly climbs from its winter lows. Here in San Diego, there isn’t much thawing going on. In fact, our springs can get a little toasty, especially in the afternoons if you live inland of the ocean.
San Diegans are almost always looking for ways to stay cool and comfortable while also enjoying the outdoors, even in the early months of spring. If you love spending time on your patio in the afternoon, but don’t want to break a sweat or get a bad sunburn, consider adding a patio cover to your San Diego home.
Solid Patio Covers
A solid patio cover offers you protection from the harmful effects of UV rays and can also keep you in the shade during the hottest parts of the day. You can even install an overhead fan in a solid patio cover to add that extra cool breeze. When summer rolls around, you can keep the fans going all night as you host dinner outside or chat with friends.
Lattice Patio Covers
If you want to let a little light in, consider a lattice patio cover. This type of cover offers a mix of light and shade. You’ll get some sunlight, but the shade keeps the patio a little cooler than the outside temperature. Lattice patios increase the beauty and the value of your home.
Hybrid Patio Covers
Many homeowners choose a patio cover that is a hybrid of solid and latticed. This option gives you the best of both worlds. When the day is hot, and the sun beats down, retreat to the cool shade of the solid portion of the patio. If you want to enjoy the day and feel the sun dapple your shoulders, scooch your lawn chair to the latticed section of the patio.
If you really want to keep cool this spring, it also doesn’t hurt to bring a cold glass of lemonade, a frosty beer or even a chilled glass of wine out with you while you read, chat with friends or fire up the grill.
Of course, summer is the time when a patio cover switches from being just a comfortable convenience to almost a necessity. If you want to make sure your patio cover is in place by summer, now is the time to pick up the phone and start calling contractors for bid. At Best Rate Remodel, we have some of the best patio builders in all of San Diego and would be happy to compete for your business!