Volume 3 Issue 8

Volume 3 Issue 8

DuraNews: The Duralum Newsletter

Volume 3 Issue 8

Durable Patios for Harsh Winter Conditions

When it comes to enhancing your outdoor living space, selecting the right patio cover is crucial. Not only does it provide shade and protection, but it also enhances the aesthetic appeal of your home. In Arizona, where the sun shines brightly for most of the year, choosing the right patio cover can make a significant difference in comfort and durability. 

Understanding Lattice Patio Covers

Lattice patio covers are designed with an open framework, often resembling a grid of intersecting strips of material. This design allows for partial shade while maintaining a sense of openness. The spaces between the lattice strips enable light and air to pass through, creating a dappled shade effect that can be quite charming in outdoor spaces.

Benefits of Lattice Patio Covers

Lattice patio covers offer several advantages:

  • Aesthetic Appeal: They provide a visually pleasing look that can complement various architectural styles.
  • Ventilation: The open design allows for better airflow, keeping the area cooler.
  • Versatility: They can be used for growing climbing plants, adding greenery to your outdoor space.
  • Light Management: They provide partial shade, which is ideal for those who enjoy some sunlight without the full intensity of the sun’s rays.

Duralum’s Weatherwood® Phoenix Lattice Patio Cover

Duralum’s Weatherwood® Phoenix Lattice Patio Cover combines the timeless look of wood with the durability of aluminum. This product features a DuraTough Coating™ that enhances its resistance to dirt, stains, heat, and corrosion. Engineered to meet stringent building codes, including wind speeds up to 130 MPH and seismic activity Category D, it offers exceptional durability and longevity.

Common Uses and Applications

Lattice patio covers are ideal for:

  • Gardens and Backyards: Providing partial shade while allowing plants to thrive.
  • Outdoor Seating Areas: Creating a comfortable space for relaxation and entertainment.
  • Poolside Areas: Offering shade without obstructing views of the sky and surroundings.

Exploring Solid Patio Covers

Solid patio covers are constructed with continuous roofing material that provides complete shade and protection from the elements. Unlike lattice covers, they do not have openings, making them a more substantial barrier against sun, rain, and other weather conditions.

Benefits of Solid Patio Covers

Solid patio covers offer several key benefits:

  • Complete Protection: They shield against sun, rain, and even snow, ensuring year-round usability of the outdoor space.
  • Temperature Control: By blocking direct sunlight, they help keep the area underneath cooler.
  • Durability: Solid covers are often more robust and long-lasting due to their construction.
  • Privacy: They provide more privacy compared to lattice covers, as they fully block views from above.

Duralum’s Weatherwood® Californian Patio Cover

The Weatherwood® Californian Patio Cover by Duralum is designed for those who seek total shade and protection. Made from high-grade aluminum, it mimics the look of wood while offering superior durability. This cover is also coated with DuraTough Coating™, ensuring it remains resistant to heat, corrosion, and dirt. Like the lattice covers, it meets rigorous building codes, making it a reliable choice for any homeowner.

Common Uses and Applications

Solid patio covers are suitable for:

  • Outdoor Dining Areas: Providing complete shade for a more comfortable dining experience.
  • Carports: Offering protection for vehicles against the elements.
  • Storage Areas: Keeping outdoor furniture and equipment safe from weather damage.

Comparing Lattice and Solid Patio Covers

Aesthetic Appeal

Both lattice and solid patio covers offer unique visual benefits:

Lattice Covers: 

These provide a more open, airy feel, blending seamlessly with garden settings and offering a lighter touch to the overall look of the outdoor space.

Solid Covers: 

These offer a more substantial and structured appearance, which can complement modern or traditional architectural styles with their bold lines and solid presence.

Durability and Maintenance

When it comes to durability:

Lattice Covers: 

Require minimal maintenance due to the DuraTough Coating™, which resists dirt and stains. The aluminum construction ensures longevity without the need for frequent upkeep.

Solid Covers: Also benefit from the DuraTough Coating™, providing easy-to-clean surfaces and resistance to environmental wear and tear. Their solid construction offers enhanced durability against harsh weather conditions.

Cost Considerations

The cost of installing a patio cover can vary significantly:

Lattice Covers: 

Typically less expensive due to the reduced amount of material and simpler installation process.

Solid Covers: 

May be more costly due to the larger quantity of material required and the need for a more robust support structure.

Weather Performance in Arizona

In Arizona’s harsh climate:

Lattice Covers: 

Offer partial shade, which can be beneficial in managing sunlight while allowing air circulation. Ideal for areas where full shade is not necessary.

Solid Covers: 

Provide complete protection from the intense Arizona sun, making them a better choice for those seeking maximum shade and comfort.

Installation Considerations

Deciding whether to install your patio cover yourself or hire a professional can impact the final outcome:

  • DIY Installation: Suitable for those with experience in home improvement projects. Can save on labor costs but requires time and effort.
  • Professional Installation: Ensures a perfect fit and compliance with local building codes. Professionals can handle permits and complex installations.

Permitting and Building Codes in Arizona

Arizona has specific building codes that must be followed:

  • Permits: Required for most patio cover installations to ensure safety and compliance.
  • Building Codes: Duralum products are engineered to meet or exceed state, county, and local codes, including wind speeds up to 130 MPH and seismic activity Category D.

Maintenance Tips for Long-lasting Patio Covers

Maintaining your patio cover is essential for longevity:

  • Regular Cleaning: Use mild soap and water to clean surfaces.
  • Inspection: Check for any damage or wear regularly and address issues promptly.
  • Protection: Apply protective coatings if necessary to maintain the appearance and durability.

Choosing the Right Patio Cover for Your Home

Choosing the right patio cover begins with understanding your specific needs and preferences. Consider what you want to achieve with your patio cover. If you enjoy basking in the sun but still want some shade, a lattice cover might be ideal due to its ability to provide partial shade while allowing sunlight to filter through. 

On the other hand, if you prefer a cooler, fully shaded area, especially during the intense summer months in Arizona, a solid cover would be more suitable. Additionally, think about how the patio cover will complement your home’s architectural style. The airy, light design of lattice covers might suit more rustic or garden-themed homes, while the robust, clean lines of solid covers could enhance modern or traditional houses.

Budget Considerations

Budget plays a significant role in the decision-making process. Initially, lattice patio covers are typically more affordable due to the lesser amount of material and simpler installation requirements. 

However, it’s essential to consider the long-term value and durability of the patio cover. Solid covers, while potentially more expensive upfront, offer greater durability and could save you money in the long run by reducing the need for replacements or repairs. Investing in a high-quality patio cover from Duralum, known for their robust products and lifetime warranty, ensures you are getting the best value for your money.

Climate and Environmental Factors in Arizona

Arizona’s unique climate presents specific challenges and opportunities for patio covers. The intense sun and high temperatures demand solutions that can withstand these conditions. Solid patio covers provide excellent protection from the relentless Arizona sun, creating a comfortable and usable outdoor space throughout the year. They also offer better protection from sudden rainstorms, which can occur during the monsoon season. 

On the other hand, lattice covers, with their open design, allow for more airflow, which can be a crucial factor in keeping your outdoor space cool during the scorching summer months. Understanding these climate factors can help you choose the patio cover that will best suit your needs and provide comfort and durability.

Creating The Perfect Patio With Duralum

Choosing between lattice and solid patio covers depends on various factors, including aesthetic preferences, functional needs, and budget considerations. Duralum offers high-quality options for both types, ensuring durability and elegance. Whether you opt for the open, airy feel of a lattice cover or the solid, protective nature of a solid cover, you can trust Duralum to provide the best products for your Arizona home.

For more information or to get started with your patio cover project, contact us today! Enhance your outdoor living space with the perfect patio cover from Duralum.


  • What are the main differences between lattice and solid patio covers?

Lattice covers provide partial shade and better airflow, while solid covers offer complete protection from the elements.

  • How do Duralum’s patio covers compare to other brands?

Duralum’s patio covers feature DuraTough Coating™ for enhanced durability and easy maintenance, along with a transferable lifetime warranty.

  • What maintenance is required for Duralum patio covers?

Regular cleaning with mild soap and water, periodic inspections, and prompt repairs if needed.

  • Can Duralum patio covers withstand Arizona’s extreme weather?

Yes, Duralum’s patio covers are engineered to withstand wind speeds up to 130 MPH and seismic activity Category D.

  • How can I get a quote for a Duralum patio cover?

Visit Duralum’s website or contact their customer support for a detailed quote based on your specific requirements.



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