Patio covers and patio awnings serve similar purposes but are two different things. An awning extends out from a home or building, and may or may not be retractable. Patio covers are permanent structures attached to homes, usually supported by posts or columns on the other end. They can also be freestanding structures. So how do awnings compare to patio covers?
- Patio covers extend living space: Patio covers are usually built on walls with back doors, and become an extension of your living space. The size depends on the area you want to protect from the sun and will be carefully customized for your property. An awning can only be as wide as the wall it’s attached to, so you won’t be getting as much additional, usable space.
- Patio covers can be solid or open: Your patio cover can have a solid roof that will block out the light and keep rain and snow off your patio. An open (lattice) roof creates a partially shaded area, since light can filter through.
- Patio covers are more durable: Since patio covers have substantial roofs and floor-anchored frames, they hold up better to high winds and storms.
- Patio covers provide more flexibility: Since patio covers can be attached or freestanding, you can choose where to build them. Instead of being at the back door, you might prefer to have it on the far end of your patio to create a unique gathering space.
If you’re ready to take the first steps toward building a beautiful new patio cover, reach out to our professional staff at Oasis Patio Enclosures.