There are quite a few popular patio cover designs that you could easily add to your home. The only limit to patio cover designs is human imagination.
When you are thinking about installing a patio cover, consider the material and the form of installation. You have a variety of materials to choose from, and can either construct or install a patio cover on your own or hire a professional to do the job for you. Most covers are built from wood, but they can also be made from vinyl, metal, or aluminum.
You can also incorporate vines and other plant life into your cover. If you create a wooden pergola that does not completely shade your patio, you can grow vines to intertwine themselves between the wood, creating a natural form of shade that is truly beautiful. Arbors and pergolas are both made of wood and is open in nature, either in a lattice pattern or cross beam style. These do not provide much protection without plant life mixed into them, although they are quite beautiful. These types of covers will probably require a professional to build for you.
If you prefer an aluminum or cloth cover, you will find yourself saving lots of money and being able to install one on your own. These materials are very simple to work with, as well as quite practical. You can buy a retractable awning that comes with a self-installation kit and will be available for use when you need it. When you want to enjoy the sun, you can have it retract as if it isn’t even there.
Do not be afraid to consult a professional to install a cover for you. If you think you may have trouble doing it, it is smarter to leave it to the pros so that you can be sure you have a properly installed cover that will not fall apart in a few years.