With patio covers a patio can become as much a part of the house as it usually is a part of the garden.
For added shelter against bad weather or cold, or even against the discomfort of very hot mid summer days, a patio cover can bring out the protection of your home to include your patio.
Adding a cover to your patio can almost mean adding a room to your house.
Many people use them merely to shelter a table and chairs and some plants, or perhaps a barbeque – or even a hot tub; others use them as semi permanent extensions to their home and have poker tables and even televisions in them.
The range of possibilities is almost endless; for social evenings and get togethers a covered patio can be ideal. The location of the patio is a great environment for gathering friends together, the informality of the space and the outdoor aspect make it unusual and interesting.
When many people are socialising together there are often spillages and other accidents yet when you have no carpet or soft furnishings to worry about the host can relax as well.
The flexibility and multipurpose nature of a patio is part of its great appeal. It can serve so many different purposes and host so many different activities and occasions.
When you add a cover to it you add a multitude of additional possibilities and the patio space becomes available to you all year round.
Naturally, with the popularity of patio covers, there is a range of types to choose from. Of course, your choice will depend a lot on the interior design and furniture choices you have made in your home, and the style of garden you have.
Some people like to extend their interior décor outside to the patio and others see the patio as a part of the garden and use that as a basis for its appearance.
Many prefer to use a wood structure to reflect the garden’s aesthetic, although aluminium or acrylic structures have the advantage in being easier to maintain and more durable.
For a more versatile, or temporary cover, then fabrics can be used for your patio covers; which can be taken down in milder weather