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Things You Need to Know Before Building a Patio Cover

A patio cover can be a great addition and investment to your home. Not only does it provide shade and shelter for your outdoor living space, but also protection from the sun and rain. But before running out and getting one, there are a few things you should know about these structures. 

Patio covers can range in size and style. You may want to consider what materials you want your patio cover to be made from, as well as if you would like a gable or flat roof style. The next important thing you need to think about is how much time and money you have for this project. 

To save you some time from worrying, here are some things you need to know before building a patio cover.

Patio covers need to be tailored to your home

Your decking materials should be comfortable for you to sit on for long periods of time. You might have it delivered on your doorstep or a neighbor might do it for you. While there are a few different ways to make your patio cover, be sure that the cover you choose is exactly what you want. Too, patio covers come in different materials. Once you’ve decided on what type of patio cover you want, you’ll want to know what materials are available for your patio cover.

Also, it is important to include an extended patio cover warranty. If you are in the market for a patio cover and your deck has cracked or warped, the most important thing is to replace it before it is beyond repair. After all, a new cover will cost more than a new deck, which is why it is important to shop around before buying a cover for your deck. 

Patio covers should be designed by professionals

Using a standard hardware kit is the best way to go. These kits include all the necessary hardware for installation. However, if you want the cover to be removable and withstand the elements, you’ll want to invest in one that is designed and manufactured by a professional. 

When choosing your patio cover, look for one with either a steel or plastic frame.  You can also use shingles if you prefer. But since they can be damaged in high winds, it may be best to stick with a covered option.  They’re a great investment if you live in a climate with extreme heat. If you live in a climate where it gets extremely hot during the summer, then a patio cover is a great investment.

Patio covers often need approval from your town

Before getting an estimate from a patio cover company, you should look if they are licensed to do work in your area. While most patio cover companies are licensed, it is important to understand if you have any neighborhood regulations against them. 

In many places, patio covers have to be approved by a local government. As per the California Building Standards Code, no building may be erected, constructed, or altered without having first obtained a separate permit from the building official. However, in other places, they are only required to register with the state. It is best to talk to your local authorities about your local regulations before going into this.  

Patio covers can change the appearance of your home

Patio covers are made from vinyl, plastic or fabric and can be in different colors and designs. They can add color and style to your yard and it is sure to give your home a beach or tropical vibe once erected.  For their variety of sizes and designs, some even have canopy features, in which you can get a roof over your patio, leaving you and your guests with shade and shelter.  

Patio covers can also provide privacy. If you have something like an umbrella that blocks out the sun, you can still use your patio cover. Just make sure that the canopy doesn't block out your home.  

You can add other items such as lighting and a heating unit for your patio cover

Installing a patio cover isn’t just about having shade. When you take the cover off to enjoy time outdoors, you can add anything from lighting and heating units to heaters and air conditioning units.  

Patio covers will protect your patio furniture. Sheltering your patio furniture from the elements while maintaining protection from the sun will provide you and your family with a much safer environment to enjoy time outdoors. Of course, this is also an essential safety measure, and one that you should always take before venturing outside

Patio covers needs to be maintained

If you plan on installing a patio cover in your house, you have to make sure that the enclosure is installed correctly and the ropes are tight. You will also want to get a professional cover installer to install your patio cover properly. 

In cleaning the patio cover, you may need to go over the covering with a pressure washer. You don’t want any of the paint to bubble over and ruin the enclosure. But make sure to not damage the fabric or the wood!  Even if the covering is brand new, it will still need a good cleaning every few years. 

With this in mind, you might think of getting a patio cover maintenance plan at this time.  

Patio covers are not under home warranties

A common misconception is that patio covers are included in home warranties. This simply isn’t true, as they are not part of your home’s construction, but rather of its cover construction. As a result, there is no protection under home warranty terms. However, you can purchase a patio cover warranty protection through your own local insurance companies.  

Building your patio cover with Sunlight Homes

It’s always a good idea to note the things you need to know before building a patio cover. If you do this, you’ll save yourself some time, money and headaches in the long run. 

With Sunlight Homes, you can enjoy what matters most—having a beautiful home. Our wide selection of "low to no" maintenance coverings take care of your exterior needs, whether you need sunshade, party rooms, or vehicle security. We make sure that you can have an attractive and durable patio cover. Lastly, our patio covers may be built explicitly for fans and lights in the ceiling to match your outdoor space.

If you’re interested, you can request a quote here.

About Sunlight Homes

Sunlight Homes is located at 21610 Lassen St. Suite 1 Chatsworth, CA 91311. We are committed to socially and environmentally progressive home improvements. We believe in using the best products available in the marketplace. Our services include roofing, domestic insulation, texcote painting, heating, and air conditioning, and many more. You can check out the full list of our services here or inquire at (818) 626-8197 or schedule an appointment through our website. For any problems or questions, you may also reach us at our contact page.

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