A Wood or Aluminum Patio Cover: Which Is Better?

Oct 05, 2018

Patio covers are a great way to make your patio more usable in any weather, shielding you from the harsh sun and the rain. These covers are made from different materials, with wood and aluminum being the most popular.

Wood or Aluminum Patio Covers Which Is Better

In this post, Dreamstyle Remodeling helps you decide which one is better: wood or aluminum patio covers.

Wood Covers

Wood is a beautiful and naturally strong material that has been a staple for many classic homes. Wooden patio covers provide your exterior area a more natural feel as its looks blend well with the natural surroundings. It’s also a surprisingly strong and sturdy material compared with aluminum, which is why most solid patio covers are made of wood. They won’t bend or twist when you hang or fix medium weight items on it.

Wooden patio covers have a few setbacks though. The material is more susceptible to weather damage, especially to rain, which means it requires more care and maintenance than other materials. It can also crack and fade under constant exposure to heat, which translates to more maintenance and time-consuming restoration.

Aluminum Covers

Aluminum patio covers are the low-maintenance alternative to wood. All you really need to do to preserve their looks is to cleaning it with a sponge and warm soapy water. It’s also more resilient to the environment. It resists the sun, rain, and inclement weather better than wood. The sheer durability and resilience of aluminum allow it to easily outlast wooden patio covers by several years.

On the flip side, aluminum is slightly pricier than wood due to manufacturing costs. It’s also not as sturdy as wood, especially the thinner covers, and often requires support structures if you want to hang potted plants on it. Aluminum patio covers also lack that natural charm their wooden counterparts have, but this makes them ideal for contemporary and ultra-modern homes that have a more minimalist look.

At Dreamstyle Remodeling, we offer both wood and aluminum patio covers – from solid wood covers to decorative alumawood lattice. We’ll help you decide which cover is more appropriate for your home. Call us today at (877) 721-1590 to learn more about our services. We install patio covers in Albuquerque, NM.

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