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Outdoor Patio Covers Add Versatility to the Patio

The patio is a nearly-perfect invention for summer. It gives you a nice hard surface to put your outdoor furniture and your grill on. It gives you a place to congregate and have fun with friends and family, and more or less safe from the creepy crawlies that you might expect to run into on the ground. In fact, the only thing a patio is missing in order to be the perfect backyard oasis for summer is some sort of roof to keep the harsh sunlight out. That’s where outdoor patio covers come to the rescue.

What an Outdoor Patio Cover Does

An outdoor patio cover is essentially a semi-permanent roof that goes over your patio, or some portion thereof. It keeps the sun out of your eyes and allows you to sit on your patio for an afternoon without ending up looking like a boiled lobster. It also makes the whole area it covers cooler—it’s essentially like having a man-made shade tree over your favorite sitting spot. Even better, it protects you from the rain so that when the sudden storm comes up, you don’t need to hurry inside.

The Appearance of an Outdoor Patio Cover

Patio Covers usually attach to the side of the house and have a couple of posts to support them, looking very much like a built-in covered porch. They tend to have detailed finishes and nice, clean lines that will enhance the look of your home, rather than detract from it. A popular material for patio covers is polycarbonate, which is tough, weather resistant, and clear enough to see through, even though it is glazed to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.

Patio Cover Canopy

Patio Cover Canopy

Outdoor Patio Covers for All Sizes

Patio covers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The most common basic sizes range between 100 and 200 square feet. The really cool thing about them is that they can be connected and combined to cover an even bigger area, so no matter how big your patio is or how much shade you want, there should be a way for you to get it. There are even optional side panels available to block out the wind.