Patio Cover Ideas

Around mid-winter, many of us crave for that casual, outdoor lifestyle that comes back with the sunshine and warm temperature. It’s a great time to plan those patio upgrades that you’ve always dreamed of doing to make lounging in the sunshine as cool and comfortable as we imagine.

You can start by having your indoor upgrades to maximize light and sight lines like larger windows, French doors, and window coverings such as Roman shades or plantation shutters. Then start planning how to bring the indoors out with patio furniture that’s sturdy and stylish enough to attract you out to the patio.

Add the perception of square footage to your home to form an outdoor living space. Having a patio cover is the key to create that illusion. It helps to protect that new furniture and even add months of access to your new outdoor space. Finding the right patio-cover these days is really dependent on what you outdoor lifestyle is really like.

So we’re offering these six great options to get you fantasizing about the sunny days to come:

solid shringlesSolid Shingles

Solid patio covers built as a simple addition over the patio use the same shingles the roof does and deliver a polished version of an outdoor living space. Gabled construction adds an architectural element to the home’s exterior, lending style and value. The shape of the gable and how it is detailed depends on the structural system used, which reflects climate, material availability, and aesthetic concerns. Having this cover option is ideal if you entertain outdoors often or take family meals out there regularly. Winter storage issues for your patio furniture are not a problem with this cover option.


solid metalSolid Metal

It has all same benefits from the solid shingles. But this can give a more sophisticated look with a painted metal top for your contemporary or transitional home. It creates a real opportunity to expand square footage using fabrics, rugs and furnishings that look like they may belong inside. You can maintain the same palette on the patio that you have going on in your interior space with the advancements of the materials.


solar panelSolar Panels

Having an eco-chic solar panel as patio covers are trending nowadays. It doesn’t just let a little light in but also collect energy for your home. Obviously the most practical options from the rest because it offers the most tangible return on your investment from the energy savings alone.



This option doesn’t seem to offer to cover anything at all, but the filtered sunshine and the chance to add a little green to the architecture with a climbing vine are almost instantly soothing. There are ready to purchase open lattice patio covers already constructed in wood or aluminum. Consider getting the aluminum one if you want to have a climbing vine because you might need to prepare for a bit more to maintain if it’s wood.



Many people are interested with this option. It brings all the casual style of the open-lattice or pergola look along with some of the comfort and protection of a solid cover. To control the style of your cover, you have options to choose from for the fabric, pattern and color. It takes a quick push and pull to let the sunshine in or to get a little shade when the temperature climbs.


shade sailsShade Sails

This is another great choice for casual and contemporary outdoor spaces. You can create a playful splash of color to brighten up the garden area. What’s great is that they are super flexible because you can easily move them with the path of the sun, or to different areas of your outdoor space.


At the end of the day, it will all depend on your mood, livability and entertaining needs.

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