In general, homeowners spend plenty of time and money on beautifying the inside of their homes. But besides some landscaping, the outside rarely gets as much attention. Take for instance, the patio, which is generally a very underutilized area.
Chances are you don’t use this area as much as you could or should, but adding a patio cover will allow you to spend more time enjoying this area. And if you want it to look great and add value to your home, then you need to look carefully at wood patio covers. We all know wood looks great, but it will add functional benefits as well.
Think about the advantages of adding a patio cover. It provides shade, which will allow you to enjoy the outdoors on even the hottest summer day. It provides protection from the elements. Think how enjoyable it would be to sit outside during a warm summer rain or a cool rainy evening. It even, as we mentioned, increases the value of your home.
If all this sounds good to you, then you simply need to decide on what kind of patio cover to get. We think that although there are many choices, wood is best because it provides flexibility. You can create a cover that is unique. Wood, when treated, will hold up well in all the elements. And of course wood will always look good.
Start your project by choosing a wood that will compliment your the look of your home. If you want to paint it, pinewood is a good choice because it keeps paint nicely. The problem with pinewood is that it is not available with an anti-rotting agent. Other hardwoods however do, including cedar, redwood and cyprus. If you want to stain the wood, get a long grained wood. This will give you a continuous design that will not be hindered by knots in the wood.
And don’t forget to get a little creative with this. Yes it’s more work, but you’ll definitely want to add designs and decorative accents. Your patio cover will look better, and it will add more value also. By decorative accents we mean thinks like arbors and lattice. These are intricate, ornate, and just look great. Combine them to give your patio a unique appearance.
But be aware that when you start to look around for ways to do this, you’ll come across a lot of pre-made patio covers. Look carefully and you’ll find that most of them are not made from real wood. In fact some of them will require real wood for support. Before you buy something like this, realize that it would be better to use all wood from the start.
Some companies are even marketing wood patio kits for people who like to do things themselves. If you’ve ever seen a wood floor being placed down, then you’ll understand how these kits work. They are made from tiles that interlock. The advantage to this is that they are easy to take apart and clean, and they are even easy to move to another location if that’s in your future plans.
Just remember that if you want to get a great cover for your patio, a solid wood patio cover cannot be beat.