Lattice Patio Covers

What Are The Benefits of An Lattice Patio Cover?

  • Lattice patio covers provide at least 50% of shade through the evenly spaced column roof.
  • These covers create an elegant look for a more stylish and clean backyard.
  • The roof can protect against nature’s elements, but rain and water will fall in between the columns
  • The lattice roof will increase the life span of your outdoor furniture as the sun cannot touch and bleach the furniture 24/7. 

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What Is A Lattice Patio Cover?

For those that are curious, Open lattice patio covers are structures comprised of evenly spaced posts and beams that allow for partial and balanced shading. With Sunstate Home Improvements you can choose to use aluminum and more for your Open Lattice Patio Covers. 

Why Open Lattice?
For those who want to keep some of the sunlight on their patios, the open lattice patio cover style is going to be the best option. The lattice beams are installed with variable spaces between them, allowing the perfect amount of light to penetrate.

Providing protection for your house, windows and doors, Open lattice patio covers are also the ideal place to grow plants that are being disturbed by direct sunlight all day long. Parties, barbecues, or the everyday backyard hangout with the kids can be much more fun and safe when you are exposed to only 50% of sunlight, perfecting the atmosphere for the ultimate California summer day! Many exit patio doors are big and clear.

Direct sunlight into your house will significantly damage window seals, living room furniture and hardwood floors. What’s more, direct sunlight causes a steep temperature increase, resulting in costly power bills.

Why We Use Aluminum Patio Covers!

  • 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.


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.



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.

Pergola Patio Cover

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