If you have an unshaded outdoor area, you’ve probably found that it’s only comfortable during certain parts of the day and particular seasons of the year. Rain and sun can both dampen your spirits and end your outdoor fun. Patio coverings are the ideal solution. A patio covering will give you comfortable shade to relax in, as well as energy-efficient coverage for windows.

Retractable: Convenience and Flexibility

Retractable awnings are the perfect choice for homeowners who aren’t fully committed to covering their patio area full-time. When the awning is extended, it offers cool shade. This is ideal for afternoons on the porch as well as sunny days when you just want some added shade over your windows. When you’d like to bathe the area in sunshine again, just retract the awning. This allows you to let the warm rays in through your windows in winter, when the added heat is welcome, so you can optimize your energy efficiency in any season.

Pergola: Partial Shade

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A pergola features cross rafters in an open design that offers partial shade while still allowing the sun to shine through. This is an ideal pick when you want to cool down your outdoor space a bit while still providing a light and airy feel. The open design of the pergola lets you see the sky, so you never feel closed in. You can add lattice-work around the sides for a rustic and romantic look with climbing greenery.

Newport: Solid Protection

Newport patio coverings offer a solid construction that will give you permanent shade from the sun, rain, and other elements. This is a sturdy design that’s perfect for places where you want year-round shade. Large beams and posts give Newport patio coverings a solid look. These always look like a natural extension of your home’s construction.

Twin V: Lightweight Shade

Twin V pergolas are lightweight patio covers that nevertheless provide solid shade. These roll form covers require fewer supports than an option like the Newport, making them a great architectural fit when you want a construction that’s sleek and simple. Twin V covers are also among the most affordable choices, so you can add an awning to your porch or balcony without making a significant dent in your bank account.

Flat Pan: Long-Lasting Cover

Flat pan patio coverings are simple, low-maintenance, and long-lasting. They’re extremely customizable; you can enjoy a truly flat patio cover, or opt for a slanted installation. Flat pan coverings also work well in nearly any size. If you have only a small area that you want to add shade to, this is your best choice. Typically constructed from aluminum, flat pan covers are affordable and durable. Their simple design works for everything from contemporary buildings to classic ranch homes.

If you’re ready to explore your options for patio covering, contact Awnings Unlimited at (801) 268-4441. We can help you find the best combination of style and materials for a comfortably shaded space that blends seamlessly with your home’s current design.