The outdoor fun shouldn’t stop just because it gets colder outside. You can still use your deck or patio, as long as it’s covered. A covered deck or patio allows you to utilize your beautiful outdoor space while protecting you and your guests from the elements, such as rain or snow. Luckily, there are plenty of creative and affordable ways to cover your deck or patio.
An awning is a sheet of material that is attached to the exterior of your home to create a roof. This permanent fixture provides shade for your outdoor space during the hot summer months but also protects it from rain, snow, and sleet. This means that if you still want to host parties during rainy or cold seasons but don’t want a lot of foot traffic inside of your home, an awning can provide the protective covering needed to take the party outdoors.
A canopy, similar to an awning, also provides protection from the elements. Unlike awnings, however, canopies are stand-alone fixtures and are portable. Oftentimes, canopies are bigger than awnings, which make them ideal for larger outdoor gatherings on your deck or patio. A great advantage of adding a canopy to your outdoor space is that you can easily set it up and take it down. If you’re looking for a less permanent patio or deck cover solution, then a canopy is best for you.
A pergola is an open structure that consists of vertical posts that support a decorative roof. This roof is usually a lattice design, but other options are available. Even though a pergola’s roof isn’t fully enclosed, it doesn’t mean that it still can’t serve as a layer of protection for users of your outdoor space. The great news is that you can buy covers for these structures that will fully enclose the area. So, during the summer months when you want to enjoy a little bit of shade and a little bit of sun, you can have a naked pergola, and during the colder months when you want total protection, you can simply place a cover on top of the structure.
Convert it Into a Sunroom
If you’re looking for total protection from the outside elements, consider converting your patio or deck into a sunroom. Sunrooms provide all of the benefits of a patio or deck, but without actually being exposed to any undesirable elements. You can enjoy the outdoor views, extra space, and natural sunlight from the comfort of an enclosed room. What’s great about sunrooms is that they add value to your home and you can still designate the space for anything you want, such as an entertainment space or dining room.
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