What’s the Difference Between Awnings, Pergolas, Lattice and Solid Patio Covers?

There are a lot of options when choosing an exterior shade structure that also adds beauty to outdoor living space. For the best experience, you want something in your yard to protect you and your loved ones from the hot Arizona sun. But how should you do it?

Some great choices for offering overhead shade include retractable awnings, gazebos, pergolas, and patio covers. Understanding the differences will help you choose the right one for your home.

How Are They Similar?

Retractable awnings, pergolas, lattice and solid patio covers are similar in that they are provide overhead shade and they tend to command a great deal of attention in any yard or garden.

Retractable Awnings

Often called retractable canopy, lateral arm awning, folding arm awning

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A retractable awning uses fabric to draw shade over your patio to protect it from the blazing heat and also easily retracts on the days when you the sun. With self-supporting arms, no vertical posts are needed, which allows homeowners the flexibility to enjoy their patio safely and comfortably without building a permanent structure. Since the awnings are retractable, they can easily fold up during a windstorm or heavy rain, which will protect them. There are operating options such as a manual hand crank or a remote-controlled motorized option for convenience.

Roman Shade Pergolas

Often called fabric pergolas, retractable pergolas, gazebo

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Roman shades are a versatile shade solution allowing you to cover and uncover an area as you wish. These shades are run on two parallel wires between long-lasting aluminum posts and rafters, on a pergola. Available in your choice of screen or acrylic shading fabric with many color options for a romantic look guaranteed to impress! With an overhead retractable feature, this product is perfect for installing over an outdoor BBQ area.

Lattice Patio Covers

Often called pergola, arbor, open roof, slatted roof, Laguna patio cover

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Lattice patio covers provide partial coverage from the sun and the elements. They work exceptionally well in Arizona, where rain isn’t really a concern. These shade covers have evenly spaced slats or beams along the roof section that allow light to filter through. The gaps between the beams can be large, allowing a lot of light to enter, or tightly spaced, allowing only a small amount of light in. Many people love these slatted porch covers for their versatility and beauty and is a great option if you’re looking to add a little style to your backyard.

Solid Patio Covers

Often called solid roof, Newport patio cover, aluminum patio cover, pan patio cover

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Solid patio covers provide the shading you need to stop direct sunlight, which may otherwise prevent you from enjoying your patio during a sunny day. Solid patio covers are the only solution you need if you’re looking for a low-cost, easy-to-build protection against the sunlight, and for a way to keep your home cool. Utilizing a tongue and groove interlocking pan roof, built-in gutter, and downspout, it also protects from water when it rains.

Depending on your overhead shade needs, one may be better for you than another. We hope this blog helped you understand the difference between retractable awnings, gazebos, pergolas, and patio covers to choose the right one for your home.

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