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How Adding a Patio Cover Can Help You Heal: Ecopsychology and Outdoor Living Design

January 11th, 2013

Solid Patio CoverCould beautifying your yard improve your mental health? According to ecopsychology, yes. Ecopsychology is a relatively new academic field that combines psychology, environmental philosophy and ecology. Researchers in this area contend that humans thrive when they have a close connection to nature. They argue that since we evolved in natural environments, our minds require time in nature to stay even-keeled. By providing opportunities for clients to appreciate and reflect on nature, ecopsychologists help heal mental disease.

For instance, participants in a wilderness and adventure therapy retreat could be encouraged to see aspects of themselves in the nature around them. One person might see his own cautious nature in the perfect stillness of a mother doe, while another could find her bravado in the daring dive of a falcon. Both people would likely walk away with an improved sense of their own place on this planet.

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Introducing Our New Partner in Patio Covers: Skylift

November 13th, 2012

Many homeowners avoid patio covers because they’ve seen too many eyesores – ugly, useless patio covers with accumulated debris and major leaking problems. As a leading builder of patio covers in the Pacific Northwest, we’re familiar with the main reason for these problems: a shallow slope. If a patio cover is too parallel to the earth, moisture and debris will naturally collect in certain places, such as the connection between the roof and patio cover. Over time, these “roof puddles” lead to unsightly rot and annoying leakages. In short order, such a patio cover becomes a dark, damp place to be avoided – exactly the opposite of what was originally intended.

Seeing too many homeowners struggle to keep their patio covers free of detritus, we’re always on the lookout for simple, effective ways to counteract this problem. Happily, in discovering Skylift hardware, we have found the solution. Skylift riser hardware lifts the patio cover where it attaches to your home’s roof, increasing the pitch and effectively eliminating drainage problems. A steeper incline allows patio covers to shed water more effectively. Moreover, since Skylift riser hardware “raises the roof” of the patio cover so it hovers over your home’s roof, drainage difficulties between the patio cover and home are eliminated.

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Solid Patio Covers: Outdoor Living in Style [Infographic]

November 6th, 2012

A solid patio cover is an attractive way to make your outdoor living space functional all year long. Designed to blend into your home’s existing roofline, a solid patio cover boasts an excellent ROI and can provide decades of enjoyment.

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

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Creating Year-Round Day Spaces Using Solid Patio Covers

October 24th, 2012

Solid Patio CoverThe rest of the country maintains a common myth about the Pacific Northwest – that it’s basically impossible to enjoy the great outdoors during the rainy season. Well, we’re here to dispel the idea that year-round outdoor living is only possible in places like Southern California. With a little forethought and the following design features, you can create an outdoor area that’s enjoyable year-round.

1. Install waterproof decking. Waterproof decking is the best choice for your year-round outdoor living area because it won’t discolor, swell, check or splinter during the rainy season. And you won’t have to worry about breaking your back to refinish it every year or so – waterproof decking is virtually maintenance free.

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Garden Structures in Gresham: Patio Cover, Pergola or Gazebo?

September 26th, 2012

PergolasOutdoor living areas are popular across the Pacific Northwest, from Gig’s Harbor to Gresham. Patio cover and pergola enthusiasts rave about how building an outdoor garden structure has nearly the same effect as adding an entirely new room – and at a fraction of the cost. With the housing market still unpredictable and home values stagnant, more and more homeowners are attracted to the idea of adding an outdoor living area, ideally one protected by a gazebo, patio cover or pergola. Just how to choose between these three options, however, is another question altogether.


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Fall Garden Parties in the Tri-Cities: Patio Cover Creates Outdoor Space

September 18th, 2012

Solid Patio CoverSolid patio covers are roofing systems for outdoor living areas, whether in Portland or the Tri-Cities. Patio cover designs vary; here at Rick’s, we install both solid roof designs, which seamlessly match surrounding roofing, as well as translucent covers, sometimes installed over existing pergolas. In other words, if you already have an outdoor structure in place, we can add a see-through patio cover right on top!

Especially in sunny places like the Tri-Cities, patio awning of the temporary variety won’t bring as much ROI as a permanent, solid patio cover. Real estate gurus praise patio covers as a smart home investment, since they basically add another usable room at a much more cost-effective price than you would pay for a full room addition or remodel. And when you get more than 200 sunny days a year, as in the Tri-Cities, patio cover solutions allow you to enjoy your outdoor living area nearly year-round.

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Backyard Makeover in Hillsboro: Aluminum Patio Cover Completes the Look

July 27th, 2012

Aluminum patio coverWhen it comes to a backyard makeover in Hillsboro, aluminum patio cover options provide the icing on the cake. Whether you’re designing an outdoor kitchen, living room or other type of space, an aluminum cover will give you’re the area year-round functionality while increasing your decorating options. So once you’ve laid the foundation for your new outdoor living space, top off the look with a new Hillsboro patio cover.

The following is a look at the major components we suggest addressing in any backyard makeover.

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Benefits of Aluminum Patio Covers for Restaurants

March 6th, 2012

pok pok outdoor diningRestaurant owners have long appreciated the advantages of having an al fresco dining area. People love to enjoy balmy weather by dining out, and the peals of laughter and delectable smells emanating from an outdoor dining area are tough to resist. Ultimately, an outdoor dining space can boost a restaurant’s bottom line by attracting customers.

Below, we list the advantages restaurants see after installing aluminum patio covers over outdoor dining rooms.

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FAQs about Aluminum Patio Covers

January 25th, 2012

Aluminum Patio CoverPatio covers are gaining popularity across the country, as more and more Americans realize that an outdoor living area will get far more use if it is protected from the elements. However, because patio covers represent a fairly new technology, many homeowners have questions about them. Below, we’ve answered a few commonly asked questions about the Sky Vue aluminum patio cover.

Q: How durable is the Sky Vue patio cover? Will it survive harsh weather conditions?

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Why Homebuyers Love Aluminum Patio Covers

January 4th, 2012

Aluminum Patio CoverFads are nearly impossible to predict. Who could have predicted the popularity of Kate Bush or David Byrne, for instance? However, when it comes to patio covers, it’s easy to see why aluminum patio cover designs are gaining popularity among homebuyers.

An aluminum patio cover adds livable space.

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