High-Quality Outdoor Coverings & Installation
Outdoor coverings are made from a variety of materials, including canvas, wood, plastic, and metal. Canvas is a durable fabric that resists water penetration to protect the elements. Wood is an attractive option for covering areas such as outdoor entertainment spaces or living rooms because it reflects light well and creates a warm feeling. Most wooden items require regular maintenance to retain their natural color and appearance.
Plastic can be used indoors or outdoors because it easily sheds water and does not support mildew growth. Many types of plastics have been designed specifically for outdoor use. Metal provides excellent durability and weather resistance at a relatively low cost. It’s also reflective so that it can block sunlight. Metal outdoor furniture is typically painted rather than made of metal that has not been treated with a coating, which would rust over time. The most common type of metal used for outdoor coverings is aluminum.
Types Of Outdoor Coverings
These can protect people as they walk between two points under a roof located partially overhead. They often include spaces along both sides where seating can be arranged. Covered walkways promote comfort because they offer shelter from rain and sun and create an inviting atmosphere by blocking strong winds and reducing noise levels.
Canopies have four sides and may be freestanding or attached to existing walls or windows on one side only. They provide shade by blocking sunlight from above and on three sides. In addition to protecting people from exposure to direct sunlight, they protect from precipitation by redirecting rain or snow.
Patio umbrellas are generally made from a combination of metal and synthetic materials. Most have a base that allows them to tilt so that they can be raised or lowered according to the sun's position in the sky. The canopy on a patio umbrella is usually composed of cloth or canvas.
Awnings are often made of canvas or vinyl, and their primary function is to keep the rain off an entrance or window, but they can also be used to provide shade. Different types of awnings are available for homes. The most common styles include straight, angled, retractable, sliding, gable end, and drop arm. A single or double-sided model is also available to accommodate windows that face the sun throughout the day. Homeowners should consider factors such as size, shape, material, installation options, and colors before selecting an awning style. For example, if only one side of their home faces the sun, they might want to go with a double-sided model so that each side can be shaded simultaneously.
Permanent Outdoor Coverings
This outdoor covering is rigid, with four walls and a roof, and cannot easily be disassembled without tools. It's attached to an exterior wall, so it stays in place throughout the year, which means it provides more comprehensive coverage against rain or sun damage than other types of coverings. Permanent coverings are often referred to as "pergolas," and the materials used for these types of outdoor structures depend on whether they are visible from the ground or not. Those visible from the ground may have a wooden frame with an exterior that is made from metal. Those not visible below may be composed of cement blocks reinforced with steel rods or thousands of tightly spaced pieces of wood called "Batten" boards.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any additional costs for installation?
You may have to pay a small fee if your roof needs to be reinforced or an electrical current is not available at the location where you want your outdoor covering installed.
Why should I install outdoor coverings on my property?
Outdoor coverings, such as solar shades and awnings, can benefit your home in many ways. They protect against weather damage, which aids the longevity of your windows, doors, and siding. Solar shades also keep rooms cooler by blocking out harmful UV rays from the sun during the summer months when you need relief the most. Awnings add curb appeal to your home's exterior while increasing its market value.
Do outdoor coverings need repair?
Yes. Outdoor coverings need repairing when they become damaged due to exposure to the elements, such as sunlight and moisture. Many factors contribute to damage in this regard, but the most common methods of damage are cracking and fading.