Some options for patio roofing materials include plastic, vinyl, wood and metal. Metal is one of the most popular options, with benefits such as durability, style and affordable prices.
One of the drawbacks of a metal roof is its ability to conduct heat efficiently, potentially creating an uncomfortably hot patio.
Wood is easy to work with and also is very durable. It can provide full shade coverage, or the homeowner can choose a pergola design to let sunlight through. Due to risk of mildew and wood rot, it is probably not the best material for patios in rainy climates.
Vinyl is available in a wide range of colors and patterns and is easy to install. It also has effective sun protection properties. However, it is vulnerable to damage from high winds and storms.