The searing heat of unobstructed sunlight blazing down onto the wide open surface of your deck, porch or patio can be the difference between a pleasant afternoon spent outdoors enjoying the fresh air or holed up in your air conditioned home. As much time as most people currently spend in their homes it is a welcome change of scenery to be able to enjoy your free time in the backyard, by the pool, or similar outdoor setting. This is why vinyl patio covers are so amazingly useful, because they block all of that hot sun and open you up to a world of time spent outside in the cool shade and pleasant breeze.
Durable, weather-resistant, robust and long-lasting, vinyl patio covers are an excellent alternative to the many different kinds of metal patios covers that exist on today’s market. They provide similar shading with many additional features, including solar light accents, solar post caps and other touches of style. For the most part vinyl patio covers are made of, of course, vinyl, but they also include other components such as galvanized steel inserts that are incorporated into each beam to prevent bowing, sagging and structural instability. The mounting bolts are of a commercial grade and the anchor bolts are hardened steel to insure that the structure is sturdy and durable for years to come, for the minimum price possible.
Vinyl patio covers are also extremely easy to install. Many different types of kits are available from home improvement stores as well as online. You can also custom design and order a personalized kit for your vinyl patio cover, or also just the raw material for hardcore do-it-yourselfers. When shopping around online is can be beneficial to look for reviews and other testimonials of specific brands, manufacturers and retailers to ensure that everything is in order with them, and to determine which kits are in fact the easiest to install.
Vinyl patio covers are considered by some to be more attractive than typical metal patio awnings or covers. It all comes down to a matter of personal preference. In either case, a well design, well constructed and well placed patio cover is going to add value onto your home, for a number of reasons including aesthetics, functionality and reduction of cooling costs if it ends up shading part of your home as well. This is perhaps one of the greatest benefits of all – if you position a vinyl patio cover adjacent to your home, especially if its blocking glass windows or doors on the south-facing where the sunlight is hottest and most direct, the shade it throws can reduce energy bills anywhere from fifty to sixty-five percent! How long do you think it will take to recover the cost of one or two vinyl patio covers with those kind of savings?
Vinyl patio covers aren’t just for patios either. Many retailers offer a huge selection of beautiful, useful vinyl products such as pergolas and gazebos. Shop around to find out exactly what is best for you and your family.