One of the best ways to create the perfect outdoor space is to have a Boise patio cover constructed. This type of structure is typically attached to your home and has several posts supporting the outer portion of the patio cover. The amount of shade will vary depending on the patio cover you choose to install. Your patio cover can be open air or solid with glass, metal or a fabric roof to protect you from the elements. With so many options to choose from, Pacific Home & Patio would like to provide you with the following things to know about building a patio cover.
Where should you install a patio cover?
While the answer to this question may seem obvious, it’s important to factor in shade and function before you choose where to install a patio cover. Most patio covers are typically located off your back door. However, this location may not provide you with adequate shade. A covered patio is ideal for outdoor furniture, fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens. However, it’s best to consult with a Boise patio cover professional when it comes to the right location in order to achieve the perfect amount of shade and functionality.
Other things to consider are any specific building codes and HOA restrictions that may limit where you can install your new patio cover. Every city has different guidelines to where new structures can be built on your property. HOAs also have specific guidelines pertaining to the design, color, and height of a new patio cover. That’s why it’s best to consult a Boise patio cover professional like Pacific Home & Patio who is familiar with most Treasure Valley requirements and HOA guidelines.
How big should a new patio cover be?
When it comes to design, form follows function. This includes the size of your new patio cover, which can vary depending on the area it is intended to cover. Careful consideration must be made as to how your outdoor space will be used to ensure your patio cover provides adequate shade and protection.
In addition to length and width, the height of your patio cover should also be considered. A typical patio cover can vary from 8-11 feet tall. One of the benefits of a shorter patio cover is the ability to maximize shade. The drawback, however, is a more cramped outdoor space. The higher a patio cover is installed, the more open your space will feel but it won’t provide you with as much shade coverage.
Should you choose an open or solid patio cover?
Different levels of protection and air circulation are provided with solid, lattice, glass, or fabric patio covers. An open lattice patio cover will allow plenty of circulation and a certain amount of light through while creating partial shade. However, you won’t get very much protection from the elements.
A solid, glass, or fabric patio cover will maximize the amount of protection you need from the rain and sun. One of the drawbacks, however, is that these areas can sometimes trap heat, making your outdoor space feel hotter, even though it provides you with ultimate shade protection. This can make the installation of an outdoor ceiling fan necessary to keep the area beneath your patio cover cool.
Pacific Home & Patio
Want to talk with a Boise patio cover design professional? Ready to get started on your new project? Contact Pacific Home & Patio by filling out our online form or give us a call at (208) 376-0000 for a free quote today. With so many different patio cover styles to suit your individual needs, we offer a wide variety of glass, insulated, lattice, solid, and fabric patio cover options.