Patio covers are an attractive way to make your outdoor living space functional all the year long. Designed to blend into your home’s existing roofline, a solid patio cover can provide decades of enjoyment and boasts a great return on your investment.

The following infographic takes a look at some of the benefits and options associated with patio covers.

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Patio Covers: Outdoor Living in Style

Via: Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking

Patio Covers: Outdoor Living in Style

A solid patio cover is essentially an extension of your roof that covers the deck or patio, making your outdoor living area a fully integrated part of your home.

Of all the different types of patio covers available, a custom solid cover designed to blend seamlessly with your home provides the best return on investment.

Here’s a looks at some of the benefits of solid patio covers.

  • Install skylights, solar panels or other eco-friendly features
  • Enjoy your deck or patio regardless of weather
  • Include climate control features such as heaters misters and fans
  • Integrate outdoor lighting including recessed lights or chandeliers
  • Incorporate electronic media, such as a sound system, into your outdoor living space
  • Leave furniture out all year long
  • Add architectural interest to your home
  • Save energy by adding shade around your home
  • Ask a higher selling price for your home

Roofing Materials For Solid Patio Covers

1. Asphalt Shingles

  • Most popular roofing material in the U.S
  • Versatile: can conform to complex roof shapes
  • Wide array of colors and textures

2. Polycarbonate Roofing

  • Lightweight
  • Durable: minimal maintenance required
  • Allows light in but blocks harmful UV rays

3. Wood Shingles

  • Bold sculptured look
  • Will develop a natural patina over time
  • Recyclable with no pollution upon disposal

4. Metal Roofing

  • Lightweight
  • Durable: minimal maintenance required
  • Unique appearance

Is a Solid Patio Cover Right For Me?

Consider installing a patio cover if:


  • You entertain outside a lot or spend significant time on your deck or patio
  • You use your patio for meals. recreation or other outdoor activities
  • You want to store outdoor items (grill, furniture) on your patio al year round
  • Weather is a consideration, especially if you live in an area with frequent rain, high heat or humidity.