Solid Patio Covers

What Are The Benefits of A Solid Patio Cover?

Here are some of the biggest advantages of a covered patio:

  • Shade. Solid patio roofing provides the most shade. 
  • Heat reduction. Choose the Insulated roof option to reduce the amount of heat you feel and keep you comfortable during those hot summer months.  
  • Entertainment space. If you like to entertain—extended family, friends, neighbors, co-workers—a covered patio gives you extra space for extra guests. 
  • Personal retreat. 
  • Family gathering spot. The kitchen is the natural family spot: It’s where the fridge, microwave and toaster oven supply drinks or snacks. 
  • Privacy. Even with a roof, you’ll still be seen on your patio because, more than likely, you’ll have no side walls. 
  • Better resale. A quality patio roof will add value to your home, although, to be honest, it isn’t likely to repay you dollar for dollar.

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Why Choose A Solid Patio Cover?

Here in Southern California winter is not always a problem when it comes to entertainment, Home owners still use their patio as the main entertainment center, they BBQ, they play cards and they drink cocktails while sitting around a fire pit, but the only way do that is under a solid patio cover to protect them from the rain, drizzling or just to keep the heat close. For some of us the direct mid-day sun during summer time is just too powerful even under a partial cover therefore they will need a complete shaded patio or in other words: A solid patio cover.

Many of the exit patio doors are big and clear; if your house gets the direct California sun through them then for sure its temperature rises significantly causing your power bills go up not to mention a greater damage to your windows seal, your living room furniture and your hardwood floors! Solid patio covers can prevent these and bring longer life to the house. If you worry about not getting enough light into your living room we can add skylights to your patio cover to compensate loss of direct sunlight.

We Use Alumawood For Our Patios

  • Quality Construction
  • Aesthetics
  • “Real Wood” Texture
  • Custom Components
  • Structurally Engineered
  • Easy Maintenance
  • Termite/Insect Proof
  • Resist Warping and Cracking
  • Lightweight yet Durable
  • No Painting Needed
  • Resists Sun, Rain, Weather

Pergola, Lattice or Solid? What's The Difference?

When someone mentions building an arbor, pergola or patio cover we all get a picture of an outdoor structure in our head. The problem is those pictures can look very different, which makes communicating what you want to a builder or contractor more challenging.

Although we can’t be responsible for how those terms are used by all trades, we can share the main differences between an arbor, pergola, and patio cover from a professional’s perspective. Here are three questions to ask to determine if a structure is an arbor, pergola, or patio cover.

1. Freestanding or Attached?

This question is the first and best way to start distinguishing between these outdoor structures. If your project is freestanding, then it is either a pergola or patio cover. A patio cover can also be attached like an arbor (we’ll go into that difference in question two). Arbors will have posts or columns on one side and be connected to a home/building on the other side. This can be a point of confusion because many blogs, images, and descriptions refer to arbors as being freestanding arches or gateways to a garden or backyard. However, when you say the word “arbor” to a professional builder or contractor they are assuming you want your structure attached to your house or another structure.

2. Roof or Rafters?

Pergolas and arbors use posts connected by joists and rafters for shade and stability, but those rafters don’t keep rain or the elements out. Even if fabric or other materials are in between the rafters, if rain can get in from the top then it is considered a pergola (if freestanding) or arbor (if attached). Patio covers consist of framing over-layed with shingles or a roofing material to keep the elements out.

3. How Big is the Structure?

This is sort of a trick question: there are no size guidelines differentiating arbors/lattices, pergolas, and patio covers. All three structures can be small or expansive based on what you want. Some may argue that smaller freestanding structures are considered arbors, but unless the structure is attached to a home or building it is still considered a pergola.

Arbor/Lattice

An outdoor structure of any size that uses joists and rafters for shade with at least one side attached to a home or another building.

 

Pergola

A freestanding outdoor structure of any size that uses joists and rafters for shade.

 

Patio Covers

A freestanding or attached outdoor structure of any size open on the sides with framing and a roof that protects from rain and the elements.

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