Matching a Patio Cover to Your Conservatory

Patio covers and conservatories go hand in hand and can make a great addition to your back yard. A conservatory is generally defined as a glass and metal structure that is used to display plants and gardens. The term is also referred to as a greenhouse. These are more common in public places than in homeowner’s yards, but the recent trend is to create small conservatories that can fit in one’s yard and provide many benefits to the yard. The original purpose of greenhouses was to grow tender plants and flowers that wouldn’t be able to properly grow and flourish in a backyard garden.

When home owners are installing a patio into their yard, they have to remember that it must blend in and coexist with the environment. It has to complement the plants in your yard in order to truly improve your home’s quality.

Many home owners are now building patios and conservatories adjacent to one another in their back yard. If you are interested in doing this, you must make sure that each is built to coexist with each other so that they do not clash or diminish the quality of your home by looking poorly made.

Smart home owners are now installing patio covers for their patios to improve the living and relaxing quality on the patio, as well as to protect their patio furniture. If you are planning on installing a patio cover adjacent to a conservatory, it is very important to make them appear similar so that they do not contrast right next to each other. Since the conservatory roof will be at a similar sight line to the patio cover, it is smart to make them look similar and be of similar materials, rather than installing a metal patio cover and an aluminum conservatory, for example.

If possible, try to make both covers from wood and buy the same type of wood for each one. This way you can be assured that your outdoor space will match well and keep your yard looking very beautiful.

Advantages of Aluminum Patio Covers

When you are on a tight budget but you still want to beautify or improve your patio, covering it up with a nice shade is always a good option. One highly advisable material to use are aluminum patio covers.

It is a very inexpensive means to making sure that you get just the right amount of shade and heat while you are relaxing in your patio. It is also an excellent means to keep all the harmful elements away from your patio and from your whole house as well.

Here are a few advantages of using aluminum patio covers and why it is always the best choice. Keep in mind that no two aluminum covers are made the same. Shop around for a while, not only for you to get the best price for your choice of style, but also for the best service and features that you can get from the vendors.

1. It lasts longer.

Because it is made of a type of metal, which is aluminum, you can be sure that you will be enjoying your patio cover for many years to come. A lot of houses that had aluminum covers installed ten or more years ago are still in ideal condition and still effectively keep the elements away from the patio.

2. Flexibility.

An aluminum cover need not just be used for patios. You can also have it installed over your carport which will serve as an excellent roof that will protect your car from rain, sun and snow.

3. Ease of installation.

Some aluminum covers, like the Alumawood patio cover is a do it yourself kit. What this means is you do not have to hire a professional installer to have it set up on your patio. As long as you have a sound understanding of home improvement basics, you can easily install such a patio cover in your own house.

4. Attractiveness.

Another good thing about an aluminum metal cover for your patio is that you can have it designed to your specifications to perfectly complement your house’s style. There is also the Alumawood, which looks like it is made of wood when it is really made of aluminum or lattice. What this means is that it retains the elegance of wood while having the durability of a metal cover.

5. Simple design.

Such a metal covering need not be too complicated to install, or afterward, need not look too elaborate. Since it does not require much for installation, it will also appear simpler structurally and will not ruin the overall feel and style of your home. There will be less metal posts to worry about that might cover some of the nice features of your place.

Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space With a Patio Cover

Without the shelter of a patio cover, a patio is just a slab of concrete in your backyard. Building a patio cover can transform your backyard into an alluring outdoor living space that will not only increase the value of your home, but will add to your enjoyment of the outdoors.

Here’s a look at some of the decisions you’ll need to make when considering a patio cover:

Types of Patio Covers

Patio covers can come in a variety of materials, but fiberglass, plastic, aluminum and wood are the most common. When deciding which type of cover you want to install, it’s important to choose a material based on your needs.

Aluminum, plastic and fiberglass. These materials are relatively inexpensive, which makes them a popular choice for many homeowners, and they come in a variety of colors so you can match them to your home. Solid covers made from aluminum, plastic or fiberglass are also lightweight, easy to install and require little maintenance. Plastic and fiberglass offer durability but can split or break over time, especially in snowy areas, whereas aluminum is more likely to hold up. For extra protection from heat, homeowners can choose an insulated aluminum cover, which consists of foam insulation sandwiched between pieces of aluminum.

Wood. The advantages of wood include strength, design versatility and a more natural appearance. On the other hand, wood is susceptible splintering and rotting. Wood covers are more challenging to install, but they are available for a wide range of budgets. To create an outdoor living space with full, year-round protection from the elements, install a solid patio cover made of wood beams or slats. If you prefer a more airy, spacious feel, consider a pergola-style cover on which you can grown vines such as Japanese wisteria to create natural shade.

Patio Cover Design Ideas

When designing your patio cover, first consider the function of your outdoor living space. Are you a cocktail party type, or a backyard grilling type? Do you want an elegant place to entertain guests, or a comfortable spot for the family to relax outside? Are you looking for a little shade or full protection from the rain and sun?

Once you decide how you want to use your patio, consider what type of design will best suit the style of your home. Here are a few simple patio themes you can create in your backyard without hiring a decorator.

Outdoor oasis. Hang weatherproof curtains around the sides of your patio to create a luxurious, private space. Complete the look with a standing rock-wall water fountain, bamboo reeds and patio furniture with big, fluffy cushions.

Rustic theme. Hang flameless lanterns from the posts of your cover to give your patio a rustic charm. Include a wooden outdoor dining set, outdoor speakers and a weatherproof sectional facing a fire pit.

Wine country. Place lattice at each post of your cover and train grapevines up the lattice and over the beams of the cover. Install outdoor lighting at each corner of your patio and use wrought-iron furniture outdoor furniture bring the look of an outdoor winery to your home.

~Flora Richards-Gustafson, 2010