Factors to consider when choosing a patio cover material include appearance, cost and post-installation maintenance. The type of patio cover material depends on the needs of the homeowner. Examples include natural wood, synthetic wood and aluminum. Fabric patio covers are also an option.
Natural wood patio covers have a high synthetic value, being suitable if the main purpose of the patio cover is to bring a natural, beautiful look in the patio. They also match with the natural surrounding of the patio. However, natural wood patio covers are vulnerable to termite attack and weather element damage. As a result, they require regular treatment and painting.
Synthetic wood patio covers resemble natural wood and just like it, they bring aesthetic value to the patio. Unlike natural wood, they are easy to maintain. However, they are relatively expensive to buy. Additionally, they require natural wood beams to install, so installing them is relatively expensive and time-consuming.
Aluminum patio cover materials are suitable for homeowners who want to avoid regular maintenance of their patio covers while seeking durability. Unlike other materials, these materials only need occasional maintenance. However, their aesthetic value is relatively low, which makes them unsuitable for homeowners who are looking to beautify their patio.