To build or not to build a patio. That is the question. We know patio covers help to cool down the home, they provide shelter during the rainy days and allow you to enjoy the nice summer days with some extra shade. You may think it seems like an easy project, but is it really?
First off, chances are you will need to acquire city permits. Typically you must draw out a plan to show the city with the correct dimensions and information before you’re granted a permit. You may decide to hire an expediter, but their fees are around $300 or more.
Patios need to be built precisely according to code in order to be considered legal. If you’re planning on selling the home in the future the next homeowners will want to be certain the patio cover was built to code.
If you have little to no experience with construction you may find the task more difficult than you’d like. It does take a certain skill to be able to build correctly. If you have some experience with construction under your belt you will have an easier time.
We’ve been contractors for over 15 years so our experience allows us to properly build patio covers according to code. Beginners may not want to dabble.
Patio covers are a must have for everyone. They cool down the home during the summer months and allow you to step outside during the rain without getting drenched. But, with so many patio cover designs, which to build is the question.
Lattice Patio Cover
Typically your options are “lattice
” or “solid
.” That’s the first step in your decision making. Of course, you can combine both patterns and build a combination patio
and have the best of both worlds. Of course, if you decide on a lattice patio cover, you may apply a plastic covering to shield you from the rain. Lattice patios are great for those who want mild protection from the sun or enjoy hanging flowers from beams.
provide an extra room without having to build a new addition. You have the option of different wall thicknesses depending on how much insulation you desire.
Finally, you must determine the patio cover material. The most popular are aluminum or wood. Aluminum is less expensive and can also give the appearance of wood for a fraction of the cost!
Whether you go with aluminum or wood you could add recessed lighting or a ceiling fan. This is perfect for night or warm days when you can turn on the light outside!
Wood Patio Cover
Wood patio covers are the traditional choice and give the home an organic feel.