We have been designing and installing patio covers at homes and businesses for decades. We work with you to get the most functional cover installed, and the includes training on how to care for it. There is a patio cover for every budget.
Patio covers come in many styles and designs. They are ideal for homeowners who want a beautiful shade structure.
Patio covers are also used by business owners to get more usage from outdoor areas. For example, restaurants use them to cover dining areas and even heat them form colder months with portable heaters.
Pergolas may be the oldest form of a patio cover. They have a unique design which separates them from other outdoor structures. They are normally constructed with up to four posts which support a roof made up of beams or slats to make a trellis.
Unlike other options there are no walls, leaving all four sides completely open. The beams above are spaced so they do not form a closed roof. Although they are normally square or rectangular they can be a few other shapes as well.
Every patio cover will offer an area of relaxation, maybe seclusion depending on the design, along with some degree of protection from the elements.
Some common designs of pergolas include linking one building to an outdoor area. You see this in parks and public venues, or a pavilion. They extend from a building's door to an open garden feature such as an isolated terrace or pool.
Another design of a pergola is a free standing structure, meaning they are not attached to a home or structure. This will offer a sitting area allowing the breeze and sun (natural light), but all provide protection from the harsher elements like glare of the sun or rain. A decorative feature, and functional too, is using climbing plants or vine to grow on your pergola.
When considering a pergola, arbor, or arbour most people combine it with a garden feature and/or creating a shaded walkway, passageway, or sitting area. The vertical posts or pillars that usually support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice, can be created in many options. The origin of pergola is the pergula, which means to project an eave; as in a type of gazebo.
Modern pergola design materials including wood, vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum and PVC piping. They are more expensive designs with brick or stone pillars. Wooden pergolas are either made from a weather-resistant wood, such as western red cedar, are painted or stained, or use wood treated with preservatives for outdoor use. These materials do not require yearly paint or stain like a wooden pergola and their manufacture can make them even stronger and longer lasting than a wooden pergola.
This has the least amount of physical structure. Most often, it covers a walkway or pat, or connect one building to another. It’s an architectural feature similar to a hallway that allows the passage of a breeze(s) while affording some protection from the direct sun, rain, or snow while allowing aeration. There are endless design variations. Often a breezeway referred to as a hallway between two wings of a larger building that lacks heating and cooling but allows sheltered passage. Other designs are more like a tunnel with windows on either side. One of the earliest breezeway designs to be architecturally designed and published was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1900.
This is a free standing building that can be enclosed or not. Gazebos are freestanding or attached to a garden wall, roofed, and open on all sides. A gazebo is a pavilion structure, sometimes octagonal or turret-shaped, often built in a park, garden or spacious public area. They provide shade, shelter, ornamental features in a landscape, and a place to rest. Some gazebos in public parks are large enough to serve as bandstands or rain shelters. There are many design types of a gazebos that include kiosks or rotundas.
Lattice work is an openwork framework consisting of a criss-crossed pattern of strips of building material, typically wood or metal. Some people call this temp o cover a trellis. The design is created by crossing the strips to form a network. Lattice work can be purely ornamental, or can be used as a truss structure such as a lattice girder bridge. This type of design is sturdy that it looks. How it’s constructed will vary with the project variables.
In Eastern cultures, lattice work is a more prominent feature of a home. It is often used in the house of a rich or noble person may be built with a baramdah or verandah surrounding every level leading to the living area. Even the upper floors use it since they have balconies overlooking the street for privacy and to reduce direct sun glare. The lattice work is decorative but effective and some is even carved in stone.
This type of enclosed area is most the most common covered area in home and businesses. Your imagination is the only limit to how to cover your patio are.
This is the most simple type of covering. And, it is very mobile too. This cover looks great in a backyard or on a patio or deck. In the rain, wind, and snow it can be easily removed and stored. It is easy to coordinate or match these to your awnings and outdoor furniture. A patio umbrellas will make you feel like you have a resort in your own backyard!
A trellis (treillage) is really part of a pergola. Some people refer to it as lattice work. It’s an architectural structure, usually made from an open framework or lattice of interwoven or intersecting pieces of wood, bamboo or metal that is normally made to support and display climbing plants, especially shrubs.
There are many types of trellis for different places and for different plants, from agricultural types: to garden uses for climbers such as grapevines, clematis, ivy, and climbing roses or other support based growing plants.
In the wine country a trellis is used to help the grapes grow properly and not drop on the ground where they rot. The rose trellis is especially common in Europe and other rose-growing areas, and many climbing rose varieties require a trellis to reach their potential as garden plants. Another simple trellis is used in garden areas to help specific vegetables grow more easily. Some plants will climb and wrap themselves round a trellis without much artificial help being needed while others need training by passing the growing shoots through the trellis and/or tying them to the framework.