A patio cover can help shield an exposed patio. This can help protect you, your barbecue and your patio furniture from outdoor elements like rain and excessive sunlight. If you would like a patio cover installed, a company will likely come out and talk to you about the various options that are available. One type of cover that you may want to consider is an insulated patio cover. Learning the pros and cons of this type of cover will help you decide if this is the right one to install over your existing patio.
The Cons of Insulated Patio Covers
- The Cost
One of the biggest downsides to insulated patio covers is their cost. Insulated covers are typically more costly than non-insulated ones. If you are on a tight budget or looking solely at the cost, an insulated cover may not be ideal for you.
- Increased Maintenance
The other disadvantage to insulated patio covers is that they require more maintenance than non-insulated ones, if you want to keep them quiet. The majority of insulated covers are made from aluminum, which can be loud if rain or hail hits it. The aluminum needs to be treated with special varnishes to help it stay quiet. This increases the amount of maintenance you have to do on your roof. If you fail to have the varnishes periodically applied to the aluminum, your patio may be loud when it rains or storms.
The Pros of Insulated Patio Covers
- Temperatures are Better Controlled
The biggest advantage to installing an insulated patio cover is that the insulation helps to control temperatures under the cover. This helps to keep an outdoor space a bit warmer in the winter and a bit cooler in the summer. This can make your outdoor space more comfortable in inclement weather, helping you to maximize your use of the space.
- You Can Install Ceiling Fans and Lights
The other benefit to insulated patio covers is that you can install ceiling fans and lights on these types of covers. The insulation is needed if you are wiring a cover for electrical reasons. If you want ceiling fans or lights, you will need to have an insulated cover, as the wiring cannot be placed without this insulation in place.
There are many different types of patio covers that you can select from. Learning the pros and cons of the various types will help you determine which is the right one for you. If you are looking to install lights or ceiling fans on the patio and/or want to help to control the temperature in the space, an insulated cover may be ideal for you. Click here to learn more about patio cover installation.