Host Your Next Outdoor Event Under Your New Patio Cover

One of the best things about having a patio cover is the versatility it gives you when it comes to entertaining. Now you are no longer at the mercy of the elements because the protection and shade your patio cover provides means you can host backyard events all year round. You no longer have to worry about your guests getting caught in the rain or being inundated with too much sun because your patio cover provides an effective barrier between you and the weather. Backyard Party Ideas Wi...

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Create Your Own Outdoor Gym Under Your Patio Cover

There's something about working out outdoors that just feels better. Whether it's lifting weights, doing some cardio workouts, or simply stretching or practicing your yoga moves, the fresh air, sunlight and natural sounds enhances the experience. Perhaps that's why some of the world's most famous gyms -- including Gold's Gym on Venice Beach or the nearby "Muscle Beach" on the walkway -- include outdoor areas where members can get their workouts in while still enjoying everything nature has to...

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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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