If your backyard patio is a nice sunny place which is too hot to use on a warm summer day, you might want to consider making that a more useful and beautiful space.
The deck or patio can be significantly upgraded by installing a retractable awning. It will not only protect you and your family members from the damaging UV rays of the sun, but, if attached to the back of your house it will protect the house and even the rooms facing the patio, inside, too. What a great way to save on cooling those rooms. Simply by providing a little shade you will be blocking about ninety-eight percent of those damaging rays and lowering your utility bill. (more…)
There has been a shift in recent years in the way many homeowners use their patios and live their lives for that matter. Maybe you are one of these types of people. The term “outdoor living” is what is being used to describe any number of activities from entertaining to good old fashioned lounging that is happening in backyards across the nation. What was once a place for casual relaxing and neighborly good times, the porch has all but been replaced by the patio as the location of choice to kick back and relax.
You could probably come up with any number of reasons why this has happened, but the result is the same. What has happened is that manufacturers have been able to offer more in the way of products and patio accessories because of the way patio covers provide protection and structure to the outdoor space. If you own an older home, the patio that was likely laid for you consisted of nothing more than a poured slab of concrete and the patio cover was the extended roofline of the house. (more…)
There are some really exciting ways that you can expand your outdoor living space. You can take your existing patio and add an enclosure to turn it into an elegant, airy, but sheltered place to relax. Depending on your budget, as well as the overall design of your home, you will be able to choose from a variety of materials.
An outdoor patio cover is a great starting point to create a new outdoor living area. This will provide you some protection from the sun or rain to get the most enjoyment from your patio. These covers can attach directly to your home and can be supported by using wood or metal poles. Some of the covers can be constructed of wood lattice to give you an open and airy space. You can also use vinyl or aluminum to give you total coverage to protect you from the weather. You can even use canvas canopies to provide coverage for your patio. (more…)