Nothing is more aggravating than having a gorgeous patio decked out with all the latest outdoor seating and amenities -- and being unable to use it during the summer, due to direct sunlight and heat. A patio cover can change all of that and make your patio the premiere destination for relaxation all summer long.

Do You Need a Patio Cover?

A patio cover provides shade, first and foremost. Shade prevents the sun from striking your patio (and yourself) directly, and can significantly lower the heat levels on your patio. It may be hot outside, but being in the shade instantly makes the heat more bearable. If your patio receives direct sunlight most of the day, you need a cover for your back yard!

The installation should be high enough that even the tallest member of the family has no problem walking under the patio cover and large enough to cast shade over the majority of the patio, no matter what time of day it is. Installation costs may vary, depending on the size of the patio cover and the material it will be mounted to.

Once your patio is covered, you can even consider adding a vinyl privacy fence so you can relax on your newly covered patio in full comfort, coolness, and solitude.

Types of Patio Covers

There is a wide variety of patio cover styles you can choose from.

Ÿ  Picket or lathe covers are commonly used for residential patios, as well as for playgrounds, parks, and pool areas. Most homeowners’ associations have no issue with this type of patio cover. Picket patio covers can be installed crosswise, or in angles, diamond, and herringbone patterns, and can be square or rectangular in shape.

Ÿ  Louvered-style covers not only provide shade for your patio, but can help protect your home from the damaging effects of the sun. Louvers sized in  3", 4" or 6" widths are first routed, then set at a predetermined angle, to provide a shade pattern that is optimal for most hours of the day

Ÿ  Solid waterproof patio covers can instantly add comfortable, useable square footage to your living area and increase the value of your home. You can even include options such as recessed lighting, spot lights and ceiling fans, to make your patio a cool, comfortable place to relax, both on summer days and during summer nights.

Additions to your Covered Patio                   

Once you’ve chosen the right patio cover for your installation, consider adding other improvements, to make your patio even more comfortable and private. Gorilla deckingstays cool to the touch and is easy to maintain, and privacy fences mean you never have to feel uncomfortable on your own property.

Don’t let another summer pass you by. Staying quarantined in the house because of the sun is no fun. Installing a patio cover and other amenities can help ensure that you get your daily dose of fresh air and enjoy summer -- without frying in the heat.