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Want to Build a Patio Cover? Here’s What you Should Keep in Mind

Last updated May 19, 2022| Garden

Have you been thinking about installing a patio cover in your garden? Patio covers are not just for the summer months. A roof over your patio provides extra living space and warmth during chilly evenings, making outdoor living more enjoyable. If you’re considering building one, here’s what to keep in mind!

The Place of the Roofing

It’s smart to determine in advance where the roof will come and what its function will be. Is the roof an extension of the house or will it be in the middle of the garden? And do not forget: where does the sun rise and set? The best is of course that enough sunlight comes in during the day.

The Materials

Most covers are made of wood or aluminum. Aluminum is lighter and requires less maintenance, but both options are durable. The difference is mainly in the look. Aluminum has a modern and sleek look while wood has a more natural appeal. The best wood types for a patio cover are Douglas fir, oak and hardwood.

Want to Build a Patio Cover? Here's What you Should Keep in Mind

Open or Closed?

If you’re not blessed with sun-drenched summers, it’s a good idea to take this into account when designing your patio cover. Closed sides can be really great in case of strong winds or rain. For example, place the canopy against a wall of the house or make a few sides out of wood. Prefer to keep it as airy as possible? Then go for glass walls. The same goes for the roof: a glass roof connects the roof to the garden and provides natural light.

The Floor

Something that’s easily forgotten with a gazebo in the garden is the flooring, even though it’s a great way to instantly create a nice atmosphere. A sleek tile gives the roof a modern touch and coarse tiles provide a Mediterranean atmosphere. Do you prefer to walk barefoot all day in the summer? A wooden deck gives the garden a warm, summery look and also feels good on your feet.

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