While considering porch roof covers, don’t stay focused on awnings only. That’s not to undervalue awnings, which are easily the most preferred option of lots of people. I want to say that there are other options too and that they may work out better for you. This ultimately depends on your requirements, and who knows, you may be able to save some money in the process of opting for something different.
The first thing you have to decide is whether you like to go for a prefabricated system or you would prefer to have it custom made. Naturally, you get a lot more options if you decide to have one custom made. But at the same time, like other custom made items, it’s more expensive. So, depending upon your budget you can decide between the two. Nevertheless, there are many kits and prefabricated systems available in the market and they look as good as any custom made system, which can easily be installed by an average homeowner. Moreover, their installation is not expensive and can usually be executed on a weekend.
Another important consideration is the climatic condition in your area. In case you live in Dallas with its dry climate, you would obviously like to ensure that the material used offers resistance to UV rays of the sun. On the other hand, a place like Newport Beach would necessarily require the material to withstand mold and mildew. A new manufacturer, named Alumawood has introduced a new product that can bear all weathers. The interesting feature of this material is that it’s entirely made from aluminum but looks like wood.
And finally, you would certainly like to have a patio roof cover in a pretty design that is pleasant to the eyes. You get a huge variety of designs for this product; some are better looking while others are more functional. For instance, Pergolas are very pretty, but it takes many seasons for vines to climb up there and offer the desired protection. Otherwise, there are several designs with solid panels that provide the needed protection but are not as decorative. Perhaps, the best option for you lies somewhere in the middle of these two options. Spend a bit of time and look for something that is good looking and remains functional too.