Houzz.com features several innovative patio roof designs, including Tropical Craftsman by Gardener Mohr Architects LLC and Outdoor Patio by Kim Woods. Outdoor Patio is an excellent example of a traditional Los Angeles design. It has an arched roofline that contrasts well with rectangular buildings.
When selecting a patio roof design, consider factors such as the direction of the patio, airflow, noise, style and lighting. For densely populated areas, insulated roofing is best because it offers sound protection. Older houses may look better with gabled roofing, and modern houses often look better with flat or sloped rooflines. Gabbled roofing allows air circulation. To allow some natural light into the patio, insert transparent panels.