Choosing Between Wood or Aluminum Patio Covers


In northern Nevada, the sun can be unrelenting. If your outdoor space is essentially unusable in the late afternoons and early evenings because of that unforgiving high desert sun, a patio cover can be a great addition. Not only will you be protecting your patio itself, you’ll be creating a comfortable and beautiful gathering space.

But you’re not limited to traditional wooden structures. Today, aluminum patio covers are increasingly being offered as an alternative. If you’re choosing between wood and aluminum patio covers, here’s what you should know.

harris-landscape-construction-wood-patio-covers-renoTraditional Wood Patio Covers

The wooden patio cover is a classic option that looks beautiful when it’s first installed. Here in northern Nevada, however, wood must be maintained annually. Expect to pay someone to seal your patio cover every year – or block out a weekend to do it yourself.

If you’re planning on hanging things like flower pots, bird feeders, even a hammock, you’ll have no trouble doing so with a well-constructed wooden patio cover. Plus, wood costs less than aluminum, so you can expect to spend less at time of installation, though long-term maintenance costs shouldn’t be overlooked.

Another drawback to wooden patio covers is their susceptibility to natural damage from insects, high winds (not uncommon here in Reno-Sparks) and UV rays. Again, this ups the maintenance costs over the lifespan of your patio cover.

Still, wooden patio covers are beautiful and if you’re willing to accept the maintenance side, they may be the right choice for your outdoor space.

harris-landscape-construction-aluminum-patio-cover-renoAluminum Patio Covers

Durability and performance are hallmarks of aluminum patio covers. Issues like high winds, insects, UV rays and other natural elements won’t pose any issues. At most, you can expect maintenance for your aluminum patio cover to involve power washing it at the beginning of the season just to clean it up after wet winters.

One of the drawbacks to aluminum patio covers is the higher installation cost. Because they take more expertise to install, they can be a little pricier than a traditional wooden option. And while you can hang those flower pots and bird feeders from your aluminum patio cover, it’s a little more complicated drilling into the metal. In fact, your best option may be a flower pot that can wrap around the header.

From an aesthetic standpoint, aluminum patio covers have come a long way. Today, homeowners have a number of color choices and the end result is very high end. If you’re working with a reputable company, don’t be concerned that it will look cheap when all is said and done.

If you’re ready for more information about patio covers here in northern Nevada, the experts at Harris Landscape Construction are happy to help. Contact us today for a free estimate, or just so we can answer any questions you may have.


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