It’s been a rainy spring in the Portland area, leaving many homeowners chomping at the bit for the opportunity to get outside and make use of their outdoor living spaces. If you found yourself frustrated by the inability to enjoy your deck or patio during the long, unrelenting rainfall, it may be time to consider installing a patio cover.
A patio cover protects your deck or patio from the elements, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor living area even in cruddy weather. While there are many different types of patio covers to choose from, the style that has really begun to catch on in the Northwest is the aluminum cover.
An aluminum cover features a sturdy aluminum framework topped with a polycarbonate roof. Aluminum patio covers offer a variety of benefits for homeowners, including:
1. UV protection. The polycarbonate panels used on an aluminum cover block 98 percent of UV rays while still letting light through, giving you a safe place to enjoy the sun. The UV protection will also help prevent the sun from fading your patio furniture, rug, toss pillows or other outdoor décor items.
2. Longer-lasting deck. An aluminum cover can help extend the life of your cedar deck by shielding it from the rain, snow and sun, all of which contribute to a deck’s deterioration.
3. Year-round outdoor living space. Add an aluminum patio cover and a fire pit or heater to your deck, and you can enjoy your outdoor living area pretty much all year – regardless of the rain.