Patio Cover Design Considerations

The patio cover design that you choose will make a big difference to how you can use your space. A patio is a great outdoor living space where you can spend more time being one with nature while resting or entertaining guests. One way by which you can prolong the amount of time that you can enjoy your patio is by installing a patio cover.

No matter what option you select, having one is important since it will allow you to maximise the use of your patio.

A patio cover will protect you and your furniture from the harsh elements of nature such as strong rains, scorching sun, and heavy snowfall, all of which make it unpleasant or even impossible to stay outdoors.

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Kinds of Patio Covers

There are so many options to choose from when considering a patio cover design. What you should select is one that fits your needs best. The most popular options include:

  • Permanent aluminium structures with an acrylic type roof are gaining more popularity as people search for low maintenance and want the sun heat but not it’s light to be blocked out. This protects from the elements but leaves the adjacent rooms in the home well lit.
  • Awnings. Most awnings are made from durable materials such as canvas and acrylic. If you go for a retractable instead of a fixed awning, you have the choice between a manually operated and a motorised awning. What’s great about fold out or retractable awnings is that you can simply extend them out when needed or pull them back when not like when there are strong winds and heavy rains.
  • Pergolas. Pergolas provide a very stylish look. You may opt for vines or thatched roofing to have a charming, traditional look. For a modern feel, you may opt for steel, aluminum, or polycarbonate.
  • Shade sails. In general, shade sails are made of strong fabric that is UV-resistant and is suspended on poles in an angled manner so that rain would run off it. Some materials are waterproof and breathable.


When it comes to choices, there are literally hundreds of options to pick from. Depending on your taste, you may choose from standard, custom, neutral, bright, and dark colours to match the exterior of your home.

Choose a patio cover design that will match the shade of your doors, windows, and flooring so it wouldn’t look out of place. If you want your patio to look more spacious, opt for lighter colours instead of dark ones.

You should also consider fading issues when choosing a colour for your patio cover design. If your patio will get exposed a lot to the sun and other harsh weather conditions, then it might be better if you settle for bright colours since they won’t fade as much as dark shades. However, take note that dust and dirt will be more noticeable on them.

If you live in an area where the climate is usually very hot, opt for lighter shades for your patio cover design since they absorb less heat.

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Open vs. Solid Roof

Open and solid roofs will provide you with different levels of protection from the elements. An open roof will allow more light yet won’t shield you and your furniture well from rain and snow.

A solid roof is the exact opposite. It will block rain and snow and will allow little natural lighting inside.

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