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You Might Need a Patio Cover If…

Aluminum Patio CoverAs a busy homeowner, it can be difficult to prioritize which home improvement projects to tackle next.

For example, a patio cover may sound like a great way to expand your outdoor living space and extend the usefulness of your cedar decking well into fall and winter. But do really need one?

Possibly. The following are just a few of the signs to look for when deciding whether installing a patio cover is the right move for you. For example, you might need a patio cover if…

Your in-laws are planning an extended visit.

Why, of course we can host the holidays. Again.

Patio covers are a wonderful way to expand your living space, which is a key commodity during these tough economic times. And the more living space you have available when your in-laws come visiting, the less friction you’ll have with your guests. Turning your cedar decking into a comfortable winter retreat with a patio cover (and a fireplace or heater) can be a lifesaver when relatives come to stay for the holidays.

You’re such a sunlight junkie that all the guys at the tanning salon know your middle name.

Aluminum patio covers are composed of an aluminum framework entirely coated in a powder-coated finish. This strong skeleton supports a polycarbonate translucent patio cover. Because they allow sunlight to shine through (while protecting against 98 percent of harmful UV rays), aluminum patio covers are perfect for tanning salon addicts, sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and anyone who gets a little grumpy when the Pacific Northwest drizzles prevent them from enjoying the great outdoors. (By the way, if you have a particularly sunny patio area, you might like to know that patio covers can be tinted with 50 percent or 75 percent shade bronze.)

You’re a Survivalist who wants to be prepared for everything from the zombie apocalypse to the 100-year snowstorm.

Aluminum patio covers can be engineered to hold anywhere from 25 to 65 pounds of snow per square foot. Moreover, the best aluminum patio covers can withstand winds of speeds up to 100 miles per hour. With that kind of protection over your cedar decking, you’ll be able to enjoy meals al fresco while watching the fall of humanity.

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