Patio covers and pergolas have always been an added bonus to a well planned landscaping project. The comfort of sitting outside under a patio cover protected from the sun and other elements plus providing that "Extra Room" feel to an other wise dull outdoor experience has captured the country by storm. There are various types of materials that patio covers and pergolas are made from. The traditional wood patio cover has always been the standby for most consumers when it comes to having a low cost way to to protect one from the sun. The challenges with wood are many and lead folks to look for other choices from wood. Termites,moisture damage,re-finishing the wood after so many years are some of the serious challenges that are in store for the wood cover owner. Yes having "Treated Redwood" and other types of treated wood helps avoid a lot of these mentioned challenges but in the end, you still have maintenance issues to look forward to. The next choice consumers look at is either vynal or aluminum. These materials are effective, low cost choice's to wood but, vynal warps, comes in limited colors ( You cannot paint vynal ) and expands and contracts according to weather conditions. Aluminum is a heavy product ( Size limitations due to weight of the products ) , once it dents guess what, the dent will stay there. The best choice for todays consumer in my opinion is fiberglass. Fiberglass will not warp,rot, or mildew. You can paint it and can run long spans of fiberglass without worrying about the cover sagging or having to install a number post to hold the cover up. Do your investigation and make the choice for fiberglass patio covers and pergolas. It may cost you a little more up front but, the long term reliability of the product will surely repay you on your investment.
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