A house with a patio is nice, but a house with an organized patio filled with patio furniture and a patio cover is even better! A correctly chosen patio cover can add style and sophistication to your outdoor space, providing you with shade and cool in the summer, and protection against the elements in the spring and autumn months. A patio cover is both a way to increase the curb appeal of your property if you’re trying to sell, and a way to encourage you and your family to spend more time out on the patio, making the most of the warm temperatures.
However, building and organizing an outdoor living area is not only time consuming, but it’s also costly if not done right. Choosing the right material for your patio cover will help you maximize the return on your investment when it comes to selling your home. Picking the right priced material also requires some thought about what your patio cover will go through. Not every house has similar outdoor living conditions and structures. Even the outdoor conditions change from place to place as the temperature, humidity, rain, wind, snow and other atmospheric elements affect the furniture and decoration. It is highly important to select the best patio cover material to have long-lasting life and prolonged beauty.
Why Choose Aluminum Patio Covers?
When you are looking at the available options for your outdoor patio cover, you will find wooden patio covers, plank covers, metal patio covers, aluminum patio covers, vinyl and other alloys for the most part. However, not all of them provide an excellent cost-to-design ratio with great durability. Out of all these options, aluminum patio cover kits hold an edge for a multitude of reasons. Let’s analyze these factors one by one.
The Cost-to-Quality Ratio – Quality Matters
The cost to quality ratio is an industry measure where you compare the amount of money that you’ll spend on an item (different materials for a patio cover in this example) and compare it to the quality of that item. Think about buying a car. You can buy a second hand piece of junk, but you’ll expect to pay more on repairs than you did on the original car. You can spend hundreds of thousands on a Ferrari, but it will still only get you from A to B. Finding the item that gives you the best quality to meet your budget is finding the sweet spot in the cost to quality ratio.
Back in the world of patio covers, this principle holds the same. A generic metal patio cover is less costly than aluminum but the quality of the metal patio cover is consequently less. You’ll spend time repairing it, and metal patio covers face the danger of rust and sharp open edges. Aluminum patio covers cost less compared to wooden patio covers and alloy patio covers. The quality of the patio cover material and how it performs in extreme outdoor conditions should be taken into consideration as well. In outdoor conditions such as heavy rain, wind, heat and other environmental aspects, a wooden patio cover will lose its texture, strength and shape. Aluminum does not suffer from these downfalls and is, therefore, the best patio cover material.
Design of the Patio Cover – Suit Your Style
In the world of exterior home improvement, the design is important as the decoration and beauty of your patio will be affected by the cover. The different patio cover designs often have varying costs, depending on how complex the design is. The good thing is aluminum material can be modified and welded as required, meaning you can make an aluminum patio cover fit what shape or size you need. With aluminum material, the patio can take any shape at a high bending angle. For wrap around patios, you’ll find that a piecemeal approach will be used with plenty of welding in between. You can specify larger pieces, but this will give your aluminum patio cover a more blocky look, so have your contractor provide designs of what your final product may look like. In either scenario, such modifications are difficult to provide with wooden patio covers.
No Maintenance – Easy to Clean
The best patio covers should not demand high maintenance you want to spend all your time underneath the patio cover, not on a ladder worrying about keeping it safe from the harsh Calgary winters. As aluminum is very light in weight and does not require any protection, it is durable in extreme conditions. Maintenance is near-zero and it is immune from breakage, cracking, rotting and warping. This resistance to the elements and nature means you don’t have to have the deep slopes of other materials to slide the snow off, and while you’ll still need gutters to allow rain and debris to clear out, they tend to be made of lightweight materials like PVC or aluminum, so they will simply blend in with the rest of your patio covers. Finally, unlike other metals, you do not need to laminate or paint the aluminum patio covers, saving you even more money in the long run.
Additional Advantages of Aluminum Patio Covers
Beyond price and aesthetic qualities, choosing aluminum has a few other advantages over other patio cover choices. Aluminum patio covers are eco-friendly, and you can build your entire structure without a single piece of plastic involved. You will not have any problems with a reaction to chemicals and dye that you might have with wooden covers, and the lack of annual maintenance through sanding and staining means you won’t be inhaling any nasty chemicals. Finally, aluminum materials do not have any hazardous effect on the body after an accidental scratch during the installation process and can be easily fixed with little adjustments. For better results in heavy snowfall areas such as Calgary, it is recommended to use metal beams along with aluminum patio cover rooftop for added durability.
Aluminum is the best patio cover material for four season weather conditions. The cost may be little higher than other materials, but the cost-to-quality and durability ratio is extremely high. Instead of spending money on maintenance, paint repair and modification, talk to one of our patio cover specialists about installing one of our aluminum patio covers today!