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6 Reasons to Add a Patio Cover to Your Home

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Adding a patio to your home is always a great idea, but people who build them quickly discover that something is missing.

For some reason, they often find their new outdoor recreation area doesn’t look quite… right. Other times, they might find their new patio simply isn’t used very often. This might be due to a particularly harsh cold season, or because the patio is exposed to bright sunny skies, which heat the area to an unstable state.

These situations can make people question the overall value of such a limited, mostly seasonal investment. Fortunately, there is a solution.

Many times the missing piece to this perplexing patio puzzle is that the outdoor, man-made environment simply lacks concealment. Here are six reasons to add a patio cover to your home:

  1. Elegance
    Aesthetics are important to any home, especially if the owners are hoping to re-sell the property at some point. Nothing can add elegance to an otherwise dull outdoor environment like the right patio cover.  Some choose to blend the cover into the house’s existing design and materials, while others opt to handsomely offset the outside location with different raw materials creating a gazebo effect.
  2. Comfort
    In those hot months, a top can make your patio up to 10 degrees cooler, which will be key to everyone’s comfort if you are planning on using the location as a summer barbecue and recreation area. Also, an overhead fan can be added to the ceiling to provide refreshing top-down air currents to cool if even further.
  3. Entertainment
    Don’t forget that once you add your enhancement to your patio, the kids can camp out under it. A TV and MP3 player might even add additional comfort. If the kids will be using the patio a lot — maybe even all summer long — you might want to consider putting a gaming console out there, too, so kids can play games and watch movies.
  4. Value
    As noted above, if you ever plan on selling your property, you can greatly increase the value — and stability — of your home by adding a beautiful patio cover to the location. Home seekers with kids will find the area especially inviting if you stress all the merriment that has unfolded there with your own kids.
  5. Space
    By simply adding a roof to your patio, you have just increased the space of your home. If you decide to, you can even fortify and insulate the location so it can be a year-round play area (if you have kids) or work area (if you need a home office). Just because a covered patio starts out as an outdoor area, its purpose and value to the property can change.
  6. Nature
    Finally, one of the most pleasurable and relaxing benefits of having a patio cover is the way it puts you, your family, and your guests in touch with nature. If you live on the edge of a wooded area, or are located near a stream or creek, night times spent on your deck amid the soothing choruses of insects and the belching cacophony of frogs can help you escape into the comforting arena of nature.

If you’re ready to add an elegant patio cover to your home, contact one of Century Home Improvements design consultants for a free estimate.

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