A Brief History of Patio Covers

Patio construction – with the right type of patio covers of course – has helped evolve the functionality and design of outdoor living enjoyment. It is in our nature to enjoy the outdoors. We are drawn to it for sustenance and it may even be that the modern bbq is our quest for that original fire gathering for the meal.

Outdoor rooms have been invading home magazines, home and garden television shows and home improvement stores over the last several years. Why do you think this is? It can only be attributed to our connection and desire to entertain ourselves and guests as part of the elements around us.

When life is hectic enough, what we can really enjoy is the ability to come home and go out and sit outside under our covered patio and unwind. Have a glass of wine, watch the kids rev themselves up before bedtime, you know, the pleasures of life. Even the deck or patio itself is a respite from the busy demands of our daily life.

Pergola type patio covers are still the most commonly asked for and built types of structures. You could add roofing materials to them, like metal for instance. This tends to create a more rustic appeal, like an old barn. Pergolas allow for more flexibility of design with sun, shade, awnings, etc.

Other types of deck covers look more like gazebos. These structures have more pitched roofs and usually some type of built-in bench seating. The pergola has more of a simple style, relying for its looks by way of its craftsmanship. Gazebos are typically a bit more elaborate and can appear to have Victorian elements about them.

Your patio cover can be built to suit any likes you have. If you have seen it in a magazine, online gallery, you name it, it can be built. If your deck or patio is going to be fully covered, you (your contractor) will need to check with your city for permits and coding regulations. Covered patios add a significant amount of value to your home’s appeal, though probably not quite what you invest monetarily wise if you opt for a completely customized look.

When you choose to hire a professional to build your patio cover, make sure to check references and be sure to have clear patio designs detailed out for you. Understand that your vision can happen, it just may take longer than expected. Also, know that like with all projects, you will need to remain flexible based upon building codes and your possible HOA covenants and regulations.

While building a patio cover is hard work you can do it with some level of skills. You’ll need the right tools and good patio plans and design ideas, but it is a doable project. Remember, the more common or popular the type of patio covers you search for, the easier it will be to find plans and the easier it will be to get your project on the ‘done list’ so you can spend more time outdoors with a hammock instead of a a hammer.