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The Best Material For a Long-Lasting Patio Cover

Posted on September 21, 2018

Patio Cover in San Antonio

Patio covers are an essential part of creating any outdoor space in your San Antonio home. From protecting you from the unexpected downpours from summer storms, to keeping the hot, bleaching sun off of you and the objects in your outdoor area, having a patio cover can be a great asset. There are many different kinds of patio covers out there, however, it can be difficult to determine which one is the best for your home.

Choosing the right cover material is an important part of designing your custom patio cover. The type of material chosen will determine the amount of upkeep needed, as well as contribute to the feel of your outdoor space. There are three main patio cover materials that are currently on the market, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a look...


Wood is the most traditional patio cover material, and has been used the longest. Wood is a familiar construction material, and thus was turned to first when patio covers first came into existence. There are many benefits to wood, including its versatility in design structure. As various wood types come with different price points, it is also easy to choose a patio cover that is within your budget. Additionally, wood just has a timeless appeal and aesthetic, and it is probably the easiest material to use to integrate your patio cover with the rest of your home.

Some detriments to wood mostly involve its upkeep. As wood is a natural material exposed to the elements, it needs to be consistently sanded and repainted to protect it against the damaging humidity. It also can be prone to mildew and termite damage if not treated properly. 


Aluminum has just recently begun being used for patio covers. It has a lot of benefits, such as durability. It can withstand intense weather conditions and usually doesn’t show nearly as much wear as wood can. It is also lightweight, meaning longer patio covers can be constructed without the need for additional support columns.

However, aluminum is metal, and, as such, can become extremely warm when exposed to direct sunlight for a long time. This heat retention can cause the area underneath the patio cover to warm as well, thus potentially making the outdoor space covered by it uncomfortable to spend time in. One other drawback would be the glare of the sunlight when it hits at certain angles. 


Similar to aluminum, vinyl is a great choice for a patio cover as it requires little-to-no maintenance or upkeep. It can easily withstand the harsh weather it will be exposed to, and, as it is made from plastic and not metal, it will not absorb nearly as much heat. Vinyl patio covers can protect your outdoor space from heat and rain quite well. 

One of the biggest complaints about this material is its appearance. Vinyl only comes in a limited array of colors that often do not seamlessly integrate themselves with the rest of the home’s design. It also can’t be painted. Furthermore, vinyl tends to fade over time, which can become unseemly. If you do choose to install a vinyl patio cover, know that it will need to be replaced more often than the other materials. 

Getting Started

Regardless of what material you ultimately choose for your patio cover, we cannot wait to help you get started on your design and installation. Feel free to contact us today for your free estimate of your custom patio cover today, by either filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (210) 496-3325.

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