Cleaning and Caring for Your Patio Cover

Adding a patio cover to your home can provide a shady, comfortable area for entertaining or relaxing in your backyard. But you can extend the life of your patio cover by providing the appropriate maintenance and cleaning of it throughout the year. Annual Inspections Your patio cover takes more abuse than other parts of your home because it is exposed to the elements 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. So it's important that you make certain that it is always in optimal condition. On...

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What to Do if Your Patio Cover Springs a Leak

Patio covers provide shade and protection from the sun and weather. But over time, they can deteriorate just like anything else. So what do you do when patio covers springs a leak? Is it necessary to replace all or part of it? Or can the leak simply be repaired. Replace or Repair The answer depends on the cause of the leak. In some instances, leakage can occur if there is a sudden, heavy rain that overwhelms your home's ability to properly drain the water via the gutter and downspout sy...

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What Are Your Patio Cover Building Material Options?

What Are Your Patio Cover Building Material Options?

A patio cover can provide a shady spot for enjoying a sunny summer's day in the backyard. But the type of building material you choose for your patio cover can affect both its functionality and its cost. Patio covers come in a wide variety of styles and materials. While each has its different advantage, they all provide the same comfort, keeping rain and other water off of your patio while allowing a cool, relaxing summer's breeze to flow through the area. When choosing the building mater...

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A Backyard Patio Cover Can Add a ‘Three Season Room’ to Your Home

A Backyard Patio Cover Can Add a ‘Three Season Room’ to Your Home

Three season rooms usually are porches that are screened in and unheated so they can only be used during the three warmest seasons of the year. During the coldest months, they are shut off from the rest of the house until things warm back up outside. Now you can enjoy all the benefits of having a three season room of your very own without the trouble or expense of building an addition onto your home. Backyard patio covers offer all the advantages of a three season room and more. Protect...

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Getting More Out of Your Backyard Patio Cover

Getting More Out of Your Backyard Patio Cover

Adding a patio cover to your home provides a comfortable, shaded area where you can enjoy backyard fun all year long. But you can increase the functionality of your patio cover by complementing it with other functional design elements. Instant Swimming Pool Cabana For example, a backyard patio cover is the perfect accompaniment to an in-ground or above-ground swimming pool. It provides a shaded area where swimmers can escape the sun's bright rays while still enjoying the social aspect of p...

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Tips for Enjoying Your Patio Cover While Grilling Outdoors

Tips for Enjoying Your Patio Cover While Grilling Outdoors

Having a patio cover outside your home provides the perfect space for entertaining. A patio cover can convert a backyard or porch into an extension of your living room. And if you add a grill to the mix, it can be an extension of your kitchen as well. Provide a Fun Environment for Your Guests Here, then, are some tips for enjoying your patio cover while grilling outdoors: Don't Put the Grill Directly Under the Patio Cover -- All grills -- whether they are gas, wood or charcoal burni...

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Patio Covers Aren’t Just for the Back Porch

Patio Covers Aren’t Just for the Back Porch

When most homeowners think about patio covers, the first image they have is a covered back porch. Installing a patio cover over a cement area of your backyard offers you a place to host outdoor parties, barbecue or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful weather outside your home. But there are other places where a patio cover can come in useful around your home as well. Lean-To Carport If you have a driveway that runs along the side of your home, you might consider adding a patio cover...

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Outdoor Flooring Can Make Your Patio Cover an Extension of Your Home

Having a patio cover covering an outside patio or pool area can add to the beauty and functionality of your home. But you can make the covered area seem even more like an extension of your home by also adding outdoor flooring. Benefits of Outdoor Flooring Many homeowners choose concrete as their default material for their outdoor patios. It's a popular choice because it lasts a long time, will stand up to the elements, and adds stability. But cold, bland concrete doesn't offer the sa...

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Expand the Size of Your Home with a Patio Cover

In the summertime, there's nothing better than enjoying the warm weather and appreciating nature right in your own backyard. But spending too much time in the sun or letting a little rain ruin your day can be a real disappointment. Adding a patio cover to your home lets you enjoy the protection of a roof while still spending as much time as possible outdoors. In fact, a patio cover can actually increase the usable space in your home. 'An Outdoor Dining  Room' For example, set up a picn...

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Top Tips for Protecting Yourself from the Sun

The sun's rays feel great, but they are not great for your skin. Though the effects of staying out too long in the sun don't appear right away, in the long run they can give you wrinkles and age spots -- and possibly even skin cancer. Dangers of Too Much Sun Over time, the ultraviolet rays of the sun damage fibers in the skin known as elastin. When elastin breaks down, the surface tension of the skin can collapse, causing the skin to sag and stretch. Sun-damaged skin also tears and bruises...

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