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Pros and Cons of Choosing the Best Covered Patio for Florida

Pros and Cons of Choosing the Best Covered Patio for Florida

There’s no doubt that, in Florida, a covered patio is an ideal place for eating, entertaining, exercising, or simply enjoying watching the world go by. What type should you choose if you’re contemplating adding a covered patio or porch? Exploring the pros and cons of popular options can help you select the covered patio for your needs.

Types of Covered Patios

Perma-Wood Pergolas

Historians have traced the earliest pergola back to 1400 B.C. These airy shade structures are familiar because they’ve been gracing gardens and backyards for centuries. Perma-Wood is a much newer invention. This sturdy material from Structall blends the benefits of wood and aluminum. Before you install a Perma-Wood pergola, consider the following:

  • Pros: Permawood offers the look of wood and the durability and ease of aluminum. Unlike a wooden structure, a Perma-Wood pergola won’t rot, warp, or fall victim to wood-eating insects. It also won’t require hours of painting or staining.
  • Cons: By design, pergolas have open roofs that resemble mesh or latticework. If you’re looking for a covered patio addition that will keep out the rain, a pergola isn’t for you.

Shingled Gazebos

A backyard gazebo is another classic shade structure. What makes it different from a pergola? Gazebos have solid roofs. They generally look best with a shingled roof. In addition, they often have some form of rails on the sides. Before you decide on a shingled gazebo, weigh the following:

  • Pros: Adding a gazebo to your outdoor living space can create an area that’s almost like an outdoor room. Gazebos can provide greater privacy and security.
  • Cons: Because their construction is more involved, gazebos tend to be more expensive than a pergola.

Aluminum Awnings

Any list of popular patio covers in the Sunshine State is sure to include aluminum awnings. If you’re thinking about this patio topper, ponder these points first:

  • Pros: An awning provides a neat, attractive look and an efficient and cost-effective way to shade and shelter your patio. With a custom-made aluminum awning, you can easily cover any size or shape patio with a sturdy, durable awning that will look great and perform beautifully while requiring little maintenance.
  • Cons: Traditional aluminum awnings lack walls. It’s simply the roof awning. Therefore, if you’re looking for more privacy or protection from outside pests, an awning may not be the right patio cover.

Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels

What if you want an insulated patio roof? Whether you’re craving an aluminum awning, an aluminum porch cover, or an aluminum patio cover, these cleverly designed insulated panels from Structall can do the trick. Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels wrap a metal skin around a foam core. A patented joint system ensures fast installation and lasting durability. If a roof of insulated panels seems right, think about the following:

  • Pros: Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels arrive prefinished in a wide range of colors, but you can add shingles or siding to achieve the precise look you want. They readily fit into any configuration and it’s simple to add special features like skylights, electric lights or fans. Their insulated core keeps your covered patio cooler and helps to muffle sounds.
  • Cons: These types of covered patios do tend to run a bit more, but the finished product is more of an extension of your home than an open environment.

There’s no shortage of covered patio ideas. If you’re struggling to find the best fit for your space, turn to the experts at Dulando Screen & Awning for help. We’ll supply a free in-home design consultation to discuss the possibilities for your covered patio. Contact us today to learn more.

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