Pa­tio cov­ers beat the heat and re­duce car­bon foot­print

The Glengarry News - Glengarry Supplement - - News - BY AN­GELA BROWN News Staff

Home­own­ers look­ing for a way to beat the heat while en­joy­ing the beauty of na­ture this Spring and Sum­mer may ap­pre­ci­ate hav­ing a nat­u­ral light cover for their pa­tio or deck.

On­tario Pa­tio Cov­ers, based in Cornwall, serves all of Stor­mont- Dun­das- Glen­garry, in­clud­ing Cornwall through to Belleville, and pro­vides cus­tomers with a va­ri­ety of choices when mak­ing home im­prove­ments.

Com­pany co-owner Mar­lene Lupien says ev­ery­thing is cus­tom-made and “we build it in a way to sat­isfy the needs of the cus­tomers. It all de­pends what they want to achieve in their backyard re­treat.”

For home­own­ers who sim­ply want a cov­ered pro­tec­tion for their pa­tios, the com­pany can in­stall acrylic pan­els for the ceil­ing/roof of their deck or pa­tio.

“Peo­ple can have some­thing that is durable that will last them for years,” says Mrs. Lupien.

The Acrylite brand ceil­ing/roof pan­els have a spe­cial coat­ing that pro­vides 100 per cent UV pro­tec­tion and 75 per cent re­flec­tion of the heat.

Home­own­ers who have a pa­tio deck cover can help re­duce their car­bon foot­print, since they can stay cool in their pa­tio space with­out re­ly­ing on air con­di­tion­ing.

The over-head cover doesn’t re­sult in any dark­en­ing of any part of the pa­tio space. The prod­uct comes with a 30-year war­ranty against dis­coloura­tion and a 10-year war­ranty against any hail per­fo­ra­tion dam­age.

“They are solid enough for an On­tario win­ter, mean­ing there is no need to re­move them dur­ing the win­ter sea­son,” says Mrs. Lupien.

Home­own­ers can also add glass walls around a pa­tio deck sur­face to pro­vide an even more com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment. This pro­vides a good view of the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings, a de­fence against bugs and pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments.

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Tem­pered glass walls and acrylic roof cov­er­ing with­stand hail and strong winds and help dif­fuse heat from the sun to cre­ate a com­fort­able room cli­mate.

As another op­tion for home­own­ers who want an en­closed pa­tio space, the com­pany also sells vinyl wall pan­els that have a screen in the back to al­low 75 per cent air flow through top and bot­tom open­ings.

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