4 Tips for Choosing a new Aluminium Patio Cover.

Aluminium canopy are a complete self-supporting canopy glazing system and are available in brown and grey. It is the perfect veranda to entertain family.

Have you been thinking about making some home improvements? Remember to not only think about what you would enjoy when improving your patio area, but what will add value to your home.

A patio cover is a great way to shade your outdoor patio and add to its aesthetic appeal. They are easy extensions to your house and have the potential to be customized to match your design preferences and appliance needs.

How do you choose the right patio cover for your space? Keep reading for 4 tips on choosing the perfect cover.

1. Know What a Patio Cover Is

There are various types of structures you can use for shade in your backyard. Some folks like pergolas, others choose a retractable patio awning or a patio cover.

A patio cover is different from a gazebo or patio awning. A patio cover cannot be retracted and acts as a standing structure that’s primary purpose is shade and shelter while still providing the benefit of natural lighting. It is a permanent structure that is either free-standing or connected to your home. Posts, not walls hold up the cover so it provides shade without blocking the wind.

2. Consider what material you should use.

Selecting the material that will best suit your needs and the patio environment will give you the best cover possible. Your patio cover can be constructed from materials such as wood, plastic, or Aluminium. A patio cover can be built strong and can withstand dangerous elements. The right material also works toward you have the right design and visually appealing patio cover. Depending on the structure of your home and outdoor space, wood may look better than Aluminium, or vice versa for that matter.

Let us look at a few in-depth.


While wood looks great, it can also be expensive and time-consuming to maintain. You have to sand and repaint or re-stain it on occasion and it is more prone to rotting and insect invasions. Wood covers are lower in initial cost than Aluminium, but the maintenance alone adds quite a bit to the long-term cost.


uPVC is nice because it is both inexpensive and easy to maintain. Once you install a vinyl cover you will not have to worry about repairs or anything for years. The downside to uPVC is that it is not very attractive. It also tends to fade, crack, or deteriorate over time due to sun exposure.


Aluminium is another inexpensive, easy-to-maintain option. Aluminium covers are very practical and have become quite popular with customers looking for a lifetime patio cover. Aluminium patio covers are virtually maintenance-free, can withstand heavy winds or snow, and will not fade or crack like vinyl covers. They are durable and will last a lifetime which is something you want from a product that you are installing on your home.

3. Understand your ability to customise.

A patio cover can be more than just a simple roof over your outdoor patio. You can equip your patio cover with lights, fans, speakers, or even misters to keep you even cooler during hot days. A major draw of a patio cover is that it can be much more than a roof. With a creative mind, you can make your outdoor patio the most relaxing area of your house.

An outdoor patio can be complemented by a patio cover to give you the most comfortable area for you and your family. Along with an area that is shaded from elements, you can increase the value of your home and impress your houseguests.

4. Consider Its Purpose

Also, consider the purpose of a patio cover. It is there to provide shade when the sun is strong. Plus, it keeps the rain from crashing your barbecue parties.

Did you know that in some environments colour has an impact on the cover’s function? In hot climates, lighter colours will reflect heat away and keep your space cooler. Darker colours will keep heat in your space. If you get a good breeze that might not matter as much, but you should take this into consideration.

Invest in a quality shade structure for your business today!

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