Patios were made for cool spring and balmy summer nights. Whether you’re sipping a glass of wine while your kids play or entertaining guests, these outdoor living spaces are perfect when the weather cooperates. Luckily, patio roof covers allow you to enjoy the space regardless of the weather.

When choosing a hard patio cover, there are two primary options—retractable awnings and patio roof covers. After specializing in these mechanisms for years, Patio Solutions of East Rochester, New York, offers a brief overview of both covered patio options. Here’s how to decide whether a retractable awning or patio roof cover will work best for your home.

Retractable Awnings Vs. Patio Roof Covers

Retractable Awnings

patio roof coversOften less expensive than patio roof covers, retractable awnings offer the best of both worlds. By allowing you to choose whether to keep it open or closed, you can control the weather. These patio enclosures hold up against sun, rain, and wind without suffering deterioration, and are easy to expand and retract as the weather changes. Additionally, the option is ideal for design enthusiasts, as you can change the pattern whenever you see fit.

Patio Roof Covers

Similar in function to retractable awnings, patio roof covers are permanent structures that can protect you from over 90% of the sun’s UV rays. They are also significantly more durable than their retractable counterparts. Available in wood and vinyl options, these pieces are nearly maintenance-free—cleaning is as simple as running water over the top.

Deciding Between the Two

Determining whether to invest in a patio roof cover or a retractable version depends on your lifestyle, the climate in which you live, and the amount of time you plan on spending outdoors. If you live in a particularly warm or wet climate, patio roof covers are your best bet. If, however, you need only moderate durability and love the idea of being able to open and close your awning at will, opt for a retractable cover.

Looking to learn more? Call (585) 385-9999 or visit the Patio Solutions website to find out about your options and schedule an appointment with an awning installation specialist today.