Whether it’s a Friday night cookout for family and friends or a Saturday afternoon pool party, stress-free entertainment is the goal for most homeowners. Aluminum patio covers offer homeowners a great way to transform an existing deck or patio into a functional and inviting outdoor space.
Outdoor celebrations shouldn’t be limited to the summer months. With the right patio cover and furniture, you can enjoy the changing seasons comfortably from spring through fall in the Midwest.
5 Benefits of Aluminum Patio Covers
1. Increased Living Space
A covered patio or deck expands your home’s usable space. You can use your covered patio for barbecues, parties, exercise, or a play area for children. If you decide to add screens, the space can become a true outdoor living room.
2. Protection From the Elements
It can be difficult to gather family and friends for get-togethers. With an aluminum patio cover, a sudden rain shower doesn’t have to end your outdoor fun. Outdoor gatherings can proceed as planned despite an afternoon downpour or a warmer than expected afternoon.
3. Additional Privacy
If you’d like both shade and additional privacy from neighbors, a patio cover is the way to go. Depending on the location of your deck or patio, privacy fences and plantings may not be sufficient. A patio with a solid roof can provide the seclusion your outdoor space needs.
4. Increased Resale Value
The past two years have seen a dramatic increase in outdoor home improvement projects. Homeowners are maximizing their outdoor living spaces, from outdoor kitchens and yoga retreats to covered dining for alfresco family meals. Real estate sales indicate that homebuyers are willing to pay more for properties with functional outdoor spaces for relaxing and entertaining friends and relatives.
5. Low Maintenance
Modern aluminum patio covers require little maintenance or upkeep. Aluminum is a long-lasting, durable material. It is not prone to rust, rot, fading, or cracking. Most homeowners just periodically rinse with a garden hose.
Get the Most From Your Outdoor Living Area
When planning your outdoor living area, it’s important to consider function, safety, and aesthetics. Some homeowners treat their outdoor spaces as a true extension of their homes and decorate accordingly. Consider the following when planning your outdoor patio or deck area:
Choose Flexible Furnishings
Choose multi-purpose seating, benches, and ottomans if you host frequent outdoor events. Make sure to include a dining table and chairs designed for outdoor dining. A portable bar cart or built-in counter helps with serving and cleanup. Think about the people likely to use the space and ensure comfortable seating for everyone. Younger children and those with mobility issues will benefit from flexible seating arrangements.
Light It Up
Outdoor lighting is often overlooked, but it’s a great way to extend your outdoor fun after the sun goes down. String lighting, posts, and solar lights are all readily available and a great way to improve the safety and aesthetics of your backyard. Always ensure sufficient lighting on walkways, stairs, and multi-level decks. Solar lighting along pathways is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to keep your outdoor area safe when the sun goes down. String lights and lanterns can fill your backyard with a warm glow.
Plan for Comfort and Entertainment
Fans, outlets, heaters, and much more can be added to increase both comfort and entertainment options. An outdoor rug will help keep your feet warm on cool evenings. Adding ceiling fans and heaters will make your patio area more comfortable throughout the changing seasons. Wire outdoor speakers or hang a wall-mounted television to provide additional entertainment options.
Add a Fire Pit
A fire pit is an affordable way to extend your outdoor living season into the cooler autumn months. Adding a fire pit can provide light, warmth, and, more importantly, smores! There are various options to choose from, including wood-burning and gas options. You can purchase a portable one if you don’t want to keep your fire pit outdoors year-round.
Turn Your Backyard Into a Private Oasis
Outdoor living spaces are one of the hottest trends in home improvement projects. Today’s homeowners are looking for comfortable and inviting indoor-outdoor living spaces. Modern-day technology has advanced aluminum patio covers to have an aesthetically pleasing look that can stand up to the elements. Installing a quality insulated patio cover is a great way to improve the function and appearance of your deck or patio.
Choose RainTight for Your Outdoor Living
RainTight has several solutions that allow you to enjoy your existing patio, deck, or porch regardless of changing weather conditions. Our team has decades of experience designing and installing custom-made patio covers, screen rooms, and underdecking systems. We custom-design aluminum patio covers that can increase the value of your home, blend seamlessly with your existing architecture, and provide years of enjoyment.
RainTight’s headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in O’Fallon, Missouri. Since 2007, we’ve served clients throughout the greater St. Louis area. We are also pleased to serve clients in the Lake of the Ozarks region. Contact us online or call us at 636-242-8315 to discuss your needs and schedule a free consultation.