Adding on a Covered Patio

Benefits of a Covered Patio

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Many people have patios in their garden and enjoy it every chance they get but sometimes the weather doesn’t want to work with you, and that’s why patio covers are the ideal accessory to have. Patio covers are designed and made for people who love the outdoors and love spending time with friends and family regardless of what the weather might throw at them.

Sometimes people conform to using umbrellas in bad weather, and sure enough, it does work but only for light storms and weather and sun. A covered patio is probably your best bet when it comes to shielding you from harsh sun or rain and also prevents your barbecue party from being ruined and even the snacks on your table from being blown away.

A covered patio area can even increase property value, as noted in this post:

Increases Property Value: Based on a survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors, a patio—especially a covered one—is one of the top features homebuyers look for in a house. If you invest in a covered patio, you could end up increasing your selling point should you ever choose to put your home on the market.

See the other benefits here:  5 Benefits Covered Patios Provide

Types of Patio Covers

Luckily there are some choices available to you when deciding on a type of cover for your patio. Besides from products that you can buy in the store’s many people prefer to go the do it yourself route and build it themselves. Here are some ideas for the types of patio covers available:

• Test Styled Covers – Reliable and durable canvas is used that is completely waterproof and great for setting up quick outdoor events. Many styles and colors are available but take note that these are not permanent and need to be stored indoors when not in use.

• Retractable Awnings – Also made from canvas or sailcloth and highly durable and resistant to bad weather. These are designed to be attached to the house or patio frame and are rolled out across the whole patio. These are popular as they are easy to roll up and store as well as roll out when you need it.

• The Arbor – This is the most commonly used patio cover and consists of a structure or framework made from wood or metals like aluminum that is constructed around and over the patio. The cover or top part is achieved by laying down a constructed matrix of very lightweight beams that provide support for the roof tiles that serve as your cover from the elements. Take note that although this does work well, it only protects you from sun, rain and light wind, but everyone will feel any weather from the sides.

In this video, the skilled do-it-yourself homeowner puts up an arbor-style covered patio:

The shingles that she used provide some character above and beyond typical asphalt shingles but with the same ease of installation. I am impressed with her workmanship.

If you are looking to build one for yourself, it’s advised to find a recognized local Denver builder to do the job for you or give you straightforward advice. Alternatively, you can search online but as long as you get tips from well-respected websites, and not some random site that’s loaded with ads and other gimmicks. Wikipedia and other such sources could work well.

Cost To Have a Covered Patio Installed?

The national average is over $20,000 for having a 16 x 20 foot patio cover built. This includes pouring a concrete pad and running some electrical to it for lighting. Here is a rundown of what the project entails:

  • Pour concrete footings and set 4×4 posts as piers. Average price of concrete is $75 per cubic yard, with 6 to 9 piers that would require roughly two cubic yards each. This would total $1350.
  • Build floor joist system utilizing SYP 2 (southern yellow pine) pressure-treated deck boards. Average of 35 20′ boards installed as sub-floor at $15 each for a total of $525, plus installation time of 8 hours.Building a Covered Porch
  • Build roof trusses and support beam system and tie into existing house (based on assumption that roof is gabled variety), lumber prices will vary as will the design used by the carpenters constructing the porch. The project will require joists and beams as well as plywood.
  • Asphalt shingles. Average of $80 to $100 per square of 50-year shingles. Total cost of $800, plus installation time of 16 hours.
  • Install 6X6 box columns w/ ScreenTight screen system. Average at $1.80 per square foot of opening. Total cost for materials is $1080, plus installation time of 24 hours.
  • Install bead board ceiling. Average price per bundle (6 boards at 8′ lengths) $30. Total cost $300, plus installation time of roughly 16 hours.
  • Provide electrical wiring and lighting to code. This is going to depend upon the amount of work required, but electricians average from $65 to $85 per hour. This project might be priced on a per item basis, or the carpenter might simply base it on the square footage.

See the full post here:  Porch Addition Cost

Well designed or purchased patio covers could make those lovely summer days all the more worth it. Invest in adding on a covered patio before the next summer and give your family a good excuse to get away from the TV and enjoy some quality time together.