Patio Covers: Wood vs. Aluminum

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If you are looking to purchase a patio cover, there are two primary material types to choose from: Wood & Aluminum. Each of these types of materials has its benefits as well as drawbacks. In this post we review each material type and provide further detail about the benefits of each patio cover.

Wooden Patio Covers

Wooden patio covers are a popular type of patio cover across the USA. They can be custom built to fit your individual needs. They can also be a great addition to your home in many cases. In fact, many homeowners prefer wooden patio covers because of their aesthetics and ability to blend in beautifully with surrounding landscape.

Choosing the right patio cover for your home is important because it can actually help increase the value of your property. Whether you decide to purchase a pre-designed wooden patio cover or a custom built patio cover, you will want to keep in mind that wooden covers are more susceptible to damage from wind, rain and hail.

And, they generally require far more maintenance than other materials as wood will also fade, crack and rot over time, due to the constant exposure to sun and heat.


Aluminum & Steel Patio Covers

Aluminum patio cover materials come in a variety of different options. Aluminum covers are easy to clean, durable and require very little maintenance. Aluminum covers are also very popular in many states, such as Florida, as this type of patio cover can withstand the constant exposure to the sun and heat.

However, you must beware that aluminum covers can vary greatly in quality. The most common type of aluminum, light frame, can easily be damaged in high wind events like hurricanes. If you live along the Gulf Coast, you’ll want stronger material, like Galvalume steel, which offers the strength of steel, with the corrosion resistance of aluminum.

If you’re concerned about the weather, an aluminum cover is far less likely to deteriorate. Another benefit of aluminum is that it is resistant to water so it won’t warp, rot, or crack. Not to mention, in states where the climate can get very humid, aluminum patio covers are the preferred choice among many homeowners.

Aluminum will easily outlast wooden patio covers as well. While aluminum can be slightly more expensive than wood, the durability and decreased maintenance costs will easily be more economical over time.


In Summary,

Choosing the right patio cover for your home can be a big decision. Selecting a material type that is within your budget and best meets your needs is extremely important. As a homeowner, you will want to determine which cover will be best for your home based on your location.




Titan Sunrooms serves the following counties in Florida. Bay County, Escambia County, Okaloosa County, Santa Rosa County, Walton County and Baldwin County. 


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