In many cases, a patio is an outdoor space with no roof hanging over it mainly to allow sunlight and moonlight to shine on the area.
You may choose to install a patio roof for your own purposes especially when you live in a rainy area but you still want to enjoy the benefit of a patio even in less-than-ideal weather.
Or, maybe you just want a break from the sun, but still enjoy the outdoors. Whatever your reason, a patio roof is a great addition to most backyards.
Benefits of the Roof
Choosing to install a roof on an outdoor patio area can create an “al fresco” style outdoor entertaining area. You can entertain your family and friends in any weather since the roof provides for protection from the sun and rain. This is of great advantage considering that we have no control whatsoever over the weather.
Your furniture under the patio roof is also better protected from the adverse effects of the sun, snow and rain. Yes, these pieces of outdoor patio furniture may be touted as weatherproof but it still pays to provide a certain degree of protection to extend their lifespan. The roof is one such protection.
Even the patio flooring tiles, bricks and other materials on the patio can be protected in one way or another. You can also assure the relative safety of your family and friends while using the patio since there is little to no risk of slipping on wet and slushy floor during rainy and snowy days
Building the Patio Roof
If you think that a patio roof must be complicated in design, think again. Your main considerations will always be your own personal preferences including the budget, skill level, and style. Since you will be the owner of the roof and the house, you have free rein on its design including the materials used.
The materials used are usually wood, plastic, vinyl or fabric or a combination with wood being the most durable and beautiful. We always recommend going for the most durable material in your budget since it will pay for itself in the long run. With a weaker material, you have to replace the roof at intervals, until such time that your time, effort and money would have been better poured into the stronger roof material in the first place.
When building the patio roof, you must first design it from top to bottom. Working without a plan including schematic drawings often leads to significant mistakes that amount to a waste of your time, effort and money again. Take note that even the best building professionals will work with a plan since it is a good guide in purchasing the materials and building the roof.
The following steps are simplified but provide for a representative view of how builders start on the roof for the patio:
- Measure the area for the roof
- Place the foundation of the roof on the ground along with the anchors
- Install the beams and rafters
- Place the roof material
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The money paid for their services should be worth it when the roof is well-constructed on all side and, thus, attractive, durable and stable.