If you have finally made the decision to cover your patio, you have one more very important decision left to make: what type of cover or canopy should you get? Choosing the right type for you will obviously depend on things like your budget and personal tastes. One other very important aspect to consider is how much upkeep and maintenance will be required by different types of covered patios.
In judging aesthetics alone, wood patio covers seem to be the runaway favorite for most people. While wood may look beautiful on your patio, it is important to consider the maintenance requirements that come with wood. Wood is by far the hardest material to maintain and keep in good shape, and is especially prone to sun and weather damage. You can count on a need for periodic painting/staining and weatherproofing for this type of cover.
If this type of maintenance is a deal breaker for you, you should consider alternative materials such as acrylic or aluminum. These materials provide years of use with little to no upkeep required. Still, patios covered by this type of material tend to be far less pleasing to the eye.
If you would like the beauty of natural wood without the hassles, there are many new artificial wood materials that can now be used instead. These materials can give you the perfect compromise and provide you with the desired look, and maintenance schedule, for your patio.
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