Volume 3 Issue 9

Volume 3 Issue 9

DuraNews: The Duralum Newsletter

Volume 3 Issue 9

Why a Patio Cover is the Perfect Solution for Hot Summer Days

Summer in Arizona is no joke. The blazing sun can turn your beautiful outdoor space into an unbearable oven. But there’s a simple, elegant solution: patio covers. They offer shade, protection, and a cooler, more comfortable outdoor experience.


Patio covers also do more than just offer shade; they protect your outdoor furniture from weather damage, enhance your home’s aesthetic appeal, and can even reduce your energy bills by keeping your home cooler. They create a versatile space for outdoor activities, making them a valuable addition to any home.

Benefits of Patio Covers

Temperature Control

Patio covers significantly reduce the temperature in your outdoor living space. By blocking direct sunlight, they create a cooler environment, allowing you to relax and entertain comfortably, even on the hottest days. This temperature control extends to the interior of your home, reducing heat gain and lowering your reliance on air conditioning.

Furniture Protection

Outdoor furniture is a significant investment, and prolonged exposure to the sun can cause fading, cracking, and other damage. A patio cover protects your furniture from these harmful effects, prolonging its lifespan and keeping it looking new for longer.

Skin Protection

By providing shade, patio covers reduce the risk of sunburn and long-term skin damage. This is particularly important for families with young children, who are more vulnerable to the sun’s harmful effects. With a patio cover, you can enjoy outdoor activities without worrying about skin damage.

Enhancing Outdoor Living Space

Comfort and Usability

A patio cover transforms your backyard into a comfortable, usable space. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue, enjoying a meal with family, or simply relaxing with a book, a shaded area makes all the difference. Patio covers provide a comfortable environment that extends your living space outdoors.

Aesthetic Appeal

Patio covers add a touch of elegance to your home. Available in various styles and materials, they can be customized to complement your home’s architecture and enhance its overall aesthetic. From sleek, modern designs to classic, traditional styles, there’s a patio cover to suit every taste.

Functional Space for Gatherings

Patio covers create a versatile outdoor area that’s perfect for gatherings. Whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue, a birthday party, or a casual get-together, a shaded patio provides a comfortable and inviting space for your guests.

Increased Property Value

Adding a patio cover can increase your property’s value. Potential buyers often look for homes with functional outdoor spaces, and a well-designed patio cover can make your home more attractive to them. It’s an investment that not only enhances your living experience but also pays off in the long run.

Energy Efficiency

Reduced Indoor Temperatures

Patio covers help reduce the heat that enters your home by providing shade to windows and doors. This can lower indoor temperatures significantly, reducing the need for air conditioning and saving you money on energy bills.


Also By reducing the reliance on air conditioning, patio covers help lower your energy bills. This energy efficiency is not only good for your wallet but also for the environment, as it reduces your home’s overall energy consumption.

Customization Options

Material Choices

Patio covers come in various materials, each with its unique benefits. Aluminum is durable and low-maintenance, wood offers a classic look, and vinyl provides a versatile and cost-effective option. Choose the material that best suits your needs and preferences.

Design Flexibility

From traditional to modern designs, patio covers can be customized to match your home’s architecture. Whether you prefer a solid cover for maximum shade or a lattice design for a more open feel, there’s a patio cover to suit your style.

Integration with Home Architecture

A well-designed patio cover integrates seamlessly with your home’s architecture, enhancing its overall look and feel. This integration not only improves the aesthetic appeal of your home but also adds to its functionality.

Different Types of Patio Covers

Solid Patio Covers

Features and Benefits

Solid patio covers provide complete protection from the elements, including sun, rain, and wind. They are ideal for creating a weather-resistant outdoor space that can be used year-round.

Material Options

Solid patio covers are typically made from aluminum, wood, or insulated panels. Each material offers unique benefits, such as durability, aesthetic appeal, and insulation properties.


Solid patio covers are relatively low-maintenance. Regular cleaning with mild soap and water is usually sufficient to keep them looking new. Inspections for any signs of damage, such as rust or cracks, are recommended to ensure longevity.

Best Uses

Solid patio covers are perfect for creating outdoor living spaces, such as kitchens, dining areas, and lounges. They provide maximum protection and comfort, making them ideal for year-round use.

Lattice Patio Covers

Features and Benefits

Lattice patio covers offer partial shade, allowing some sunlight to filter through while providing protection from the harshest rays. This creates a light, airy feel in your outdoor space.

Material Options

Lattice covers are commonly made from aluminum or wood. Aluminum offers durability and low maintenance, while wood provides a natural, rustic look.


Lattice covers require minimal maintenance. Regular cleaning and occasional touch-ups, such as painting or staining, keep them looking their best.

Best Uses

Lattice patio covers are ideal for garden areas, walkways, and patios where partial shade is desired. They add a touch of elegance and charm to any outdoor space.


Features and Benefits

Pergolas are open structures with cross beams, offering partial shade and a decorative element to your yard. They create a stylish and inviting space that enhances your garden’s overall aesthetic.

Material Options

Pergolas can be made from wood, vinyl, or aluminum. Each material has its unique benefits, such as the natural beauty of wood, the durability of aluminum, and the low maintenance of vinyl.


Pergolas require regular cleaning and occasional treatment to maintain their appearance and durability. Wood pergolas may need staining or sealing, while aluminum and vinyl require less upkeep.

Best Uses

Pergolas are perfect for garden paths, patio covers, and outdoor seating areas. They add structure and style to your garden, creating a focal point that enhances your outdoor living space.

Comparison with Other Solutions

Shade Sails

Shade sails are a less expensive option but offer limited protection and durability compared to patio covers. They are easy to install and can be a temporary solution for shade.


Gazebos provide excellent shade and protection but are typically more expensive and require more maintenance. They offer a more enclosed space and can be a beautiful addition to your garden.


Umbrellas are a low-cost, flexible option for shade but lack the durability and aesthetic appeal of patio covers. They are portable and can be easily moved, but they offer limited coverage.

Outdoor Curtains

Outdoor curtains offer flexibility and style but require more maintenance and provide less protection than patio covers. They can be used in conjunction with other structures to enhance your outdoor space.

Choose Duralum For Your Patio Cover!

A patio cover is the perfect solution for hot summer days, especially in Arizona. It provides protection from the sun, enhances your outdoor living space, improves energy efficiency, and offers a range of customization options. With various types of patio covers available, you can find the perfect fit for your needs and style. The installation process is straightforward with the right planning and contractor, and the benefits far outweigh the costs. Duralum offers high-quality, customizable patio covers backed by excellent customer service and support. Transform your outdoor space with a Duralum patio cover today!


  • What materials are best for patio covers?

Aluminum, wood, and vinyl are popular choices, each offering durability and aesthetic appeal.

  • How long does installation take?

Installation time varies depending on the size and complexity of the patio cover but typically takes a few days to a week.

  • Can patio covers withstand extreme weather?

Yes, Duralum’s patio covers are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, including high winds and heavy rain.

  • Are there eco-friendly options for patio covers?

Yes, many patio covers are made from sustainable materials and designed to reduce energy consumption.

  • How do I maintain my patio cover?

Regular cleaning and inspections, along with following the manufacturer’s care instructions, will help maintain your patio cover’s longevity.

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