Types of Patio Covers

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There are a variety of different types of patio covers. Patio covers are used outdoors to protect your patio from Mother Nature. Some of the types include; canopies and different types of awnings, as well as patio furniture covers to protect your outdoor furniture. There are both permanent covers and removable ones. Permanent structures can include pergolas, arbors and gazebos. Removable covers include retractable awnings, umbrellas and fabric canopies, both for the area and for your furniture.
When you are trying to decide what type of cover will best meet your needs you have to consider the size and type of area you want to cover. Canopies are a very versatile type of cover. They come in a variety of styles and can be used in all types of patio layouts. They are designed to protect outdoor patios and can be used year round.
You don't have to put a lot of money into either type of patio cover. If you are just looking for something basic to protect and shade you when you are outdoors or to cover your patio furniture at night when you're not using it, there are less expensive alternatives than permanent patio covers and heavy duty furniture covers.  Removable patio covers could be as simple as a patio umbrella; umbrellas can be stored away during the winter months.
Some types of patio covers not only provide overhead protection they also have side protectors as well. The side panels usually can be rolled down or up depending on weather conditions. Canopies with side panels help keep out wind and rain. The side panels are usually clear or opaque. The opaque panels block out the sun more and clear ones give you better visibility.
Patio awnings will shade the patio area and offer some protection from the sun. Awnings are like canopies, they help protect you from the elements, but usually they are attached to your home or other structure on at least one side. Retractable awnings can cover quite a large area and are easy to retract when not needed. Retractable awnings leave your patio and space around it open and free of posts that are necessary to support permanent patio covers.
When deciding on a patio cover you need to also decide what material you want to use. Typically aluminum, vinyl and wood are used for most patio structures. There are a wide range of styles and colors to match any décor. Any type of patio cover will protect you from the elements and improve your outdoor living space.
Aluminum and wrought iron patio covers are popular choices and require less maintenance than a wood structure. Aluminum frames are easier and much quicker to install than wood patio covers are. There are so many different kinds of patio covers that you will have to spend some time looking over all of the possibilities to choose the one to meet your needs.
There is a patio cover that will fit your lifestyle and needs. You can shop around and look on the internet to see what types of patio covers are available. You will be amazed at all of the different ways you can use a patio cover to enhance your outdoor living area and to protect your outdoor furniture.

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Ryan Draving is the VP of Empire Patio Covers, a leading provider of patio furniture covers, patio chair covers, patio table covers, and other furniture covers. Empire Patio Covers can be found online at: EmpirePatioCovers.com.

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This article was published on 2010/03/31