tip Take Cover

Timber Home Living - - Savvy Shopper - – Brice Cochran

WHILE AN UN­COV­ERED OUT­DOOR SPACE will ob­vi­ously open a deck or pa­tio up to lots of sun­shine and un­in­ter­rupted views, keep in mind that once the rain starts to fall or the temps start to drop, that por­tion of your home will be un­us­able for a pe­riod of time. Here, we share a few smart rea­sons to con­sider pro­tect­ing your out­door space.

Save on Sum­mer Cool­ing Costs. If your pa­tio is sit­u­ated on the sunny side of the house, a roof can help to re­duce your sum­mer cool­ing costs. That shade can keep your home’s in­te­rior cooler and re­duce the need for air con­di­tion­ing.

Ad­di­tional En­ter­tain­ing Space. With a cov­ered pa­tio, cre­at­ing an ex­tra liv­ing space or out­door kitchen is a real op­tion. Elec­tric­ity, light­ing and all the con­ve­niences of your in­door space make out­door en­ter­tain­ing and din­ing a real joy. You could also in­stall a bar and a sub­stan­tial bar­be­cue grill.

Struc­tured Light­ing. An over­head light, a fan and task light­ing are all op­tions with a per­ma­nent roof. You can add out­lets for strings of light or in­clude a fun chan­de­lier over your out­door din­ing area. Your choices in light­ing be­come al­most lim­it­less with the pro­tec­tion of a per­ma­nent cover.

Out­door Fur­ni­ture. A roof al­lows you to pur­chase more com­fort­able out­door fur­ni­ture and you can leave it all in place with­out worry. You can even leave most of your ac­ces­sories out­side all year long and you won’t need loads of stor­age space for all your out­door seat­ing in the win­ter.

Re­duce Main­te­nance. Since your deck is cov­ered, you’ll need to power wash, stain and re­seal less fre­quently. With less mois­ture and ex­po­sure to the el­e­ments, your wood will have a longer life ex­pectancy, too.

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