Patio covers are becoming increasingly popular across America, and it’s easy to see why. Adding a patio cover to a deck or patio makes any outdoor area usable throughout the year, especially in temperate climates like the Pacific Northwest.
Additionally, whether you’re installing an aluminum patio cover or a pergola with a retractable awning, adding a patio cover will add beauty to your home. For many homeowners, however, the high investment value is one most important benefits of adding a patio cover. The following are several reasons why adding a patio cover makes good financial sense.
Significant energy savings
The more of your yard that’s shaded, the cooler the interior of your home will be. This rule of thumb simplifies some very complex thermodynamics. Basically, without a patio cover, nothing will block the hot sun from soaking into the soil around your home. Toward the end of the day, this heat will be released back into the air, making your property feel like an oven. Recent research has revealed that planting fast-growing trees can cut a home’s energy costs by as much as 30 percent. Patio covers act much like trees; they create shade and offer protection from the scorching sun. Adding a patio cover can help reduce your energy costs.
More affordable than an addition
Most homeowners are looking for ways to maximize space. However, in today’s turbulent economic climate, few people can afford the construction costs associated with adding an entirely new room – unless you’re talking about creating an outdoor room, that is. The most accessible form of patio cover, a pergola, can cost as little as $500, assuming you choose to install it yourself. (Plant grapes or hops to grow over the pergola, and you’ll have a shady retreat in the summer.) Even if you choose a more expensive option, such as a solid patio cover, you’ll see far lower costs than you would a traditional room addition.
Increased home value
In these days of low home prices, many property owners are looking for ways to increase value. Especially when accompanied by beautiful landscaping, a patio cover can create the kind of protected oasis that prospective buyers find highly appealing. This means you’ll probably see an excellent return on investment for your patio cover project, since you’ll be able to ask a higher selling price for your home.
As you can see, patio covers are more than just a great way to make any home more livable; they are also an excellent home improvement investment.
Contact Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking to learn more about the many styles of patio covers that we offer.