By Chris Robertson at EzineArticles
If you’re a Texas homeowner, you know how enjoyable an outdoor patio cover can be – providing it’s covered. If it’s open, though, you probably don’t spend much time on your patio, given how blazing hot it can get in the summer and how rainy it can get in the winter. But Texans do love the outdoors, and it’s a shame not to be able to enjoy your patio virtually year-round. That’s why you need to install a shade cover, an awning, or some other type of patio cover.
When you add a well-designed, high quality patio cover, you’ll not only be able to utilize what is often wasted space in Texas homes, but you’ll also add value to your home. Beyond that, you give yourself options for later home improvements, since you can always enclose your patio with screen or glass in the future – turning it into a sunroom without having to rebuild the roof.
Lone Star State residents have a variety of options when it comes to patio enclosures. Patio cover styles include the pergola (often known as an arbor), which is a shaded area with cross beams and open lattice; an awning; or a shade cover, which is often solid but can have skylights. Some people even opt for carport-like structures.
Installing Texas Patio Covers
Whether you live in Austin, Dallas, or Fort Worth, you basically have two choices when it comes time to install a patio cover: you can do it yourself, or you can hire a contractor to build it for you. Texas patio covers that come in DIY kits usually range from about $2,600 to $3,800m depending on the size. Quality kits include two-pound density EPS foam insulated panels, heavy gauge stressed aluminum laminated skins, and decorative post wraps or columns. The kits should also contain all the hardware, fasteners, and sealants you need. If you decide to do it yourself, make sure to select a Texas company that will not only provide written instructions, but will also offer professional phone consultation.
Hiring a Contractor
If you decide to hire a Texas contractor to construct your patio cover, it’s crucial that you select one with an established reputation. A reputable contractor will ensure that you receive a lifetime warranty against leaks and problems with the finish, and make sure that the shade cover is properly built and engineered to withstand Texas’ harsh weather conditions. In addition, better contractors will provide you with patio cover pictures, a selection of patio cover prices, and even custom designs that will perfectly match the style of your home.
If you’ve ever felt imprisoned in your home because the Texas heat or rain prevented you from enjoying your patio, it’s time to look into installing a patio cover. When you do, you’ll be able to invite friends over for barbecues, relax with your family outdoors, and enjoy all the Lone Star State has to offer.
Chris Robertson is an author of Majon International, one of the worlds MOST popular internet marketing companies on the web.
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