Do you have an exterior deck that you want to cover? Well, deck covers come in various types, shapes, and designs. They protect your deck from sun, rain, debris, and dust, depending on their size and type.
There are various options when it comes to deck coverings, such as pergolas, arbors, roof extensions, awnings, and other overhead coverings. The most appropriate deck covering is the one that complements the aesthetics of your house and also adds to its functionality.
Importance of deck coverings
Although composite or hardwood decks look stunning on a clear day, you may not enjoy if it’s too sunny or raining heavily. To utilize your deck to the fullest, make sure you cover it. With high-quality deck covers, you can use the deck throughout the year, irrespective of any season.
Types of deck covers
As already mentioned, there are tons of options when it comes to deck covers. Here are the most popular ones that you can try at your home:
• Pergola – Pergolas have four or more columns or posts to support flat roofs. The roof would contain beams in one direction with the other side open. You can select a fabric of your choice to cover the roof. If you want to make it look decorative, add fast-growing vines. Pergolas are permanent additions to decks and are best for medium-sized decks.
• Awning – There are two types of awnings: retractable awning and fixed awning. You can fold and unfold retractable awnings quickly. This means you can cover the deck from the scorching summer heat and heavy monsoon rains and also fold it away to enjoy the clear weather. But they are more expensive than fixed awnings.
• Arbor – Arbors are smaller than pergolas and contain 2 to 4 posts to support the open roof. Vines or lattice look incredible once the installation of an arbor is complete.
• Pavilion – There are two types of pavilions: permanent and portable. Portable pavilions provide you with the much-needed shade during summers and monsoons but also keep one side of the deck open. These pavilions cost less compared to permanent pavilions.
• Roof extension – Roof extension is the costliest option of the lot. But the complement to your home’s aesthetic is the best. If you don’t want to go into this expensive investment, you can choose permanent overhead attachments affixed to walls from the edge of your deck.
Choosing a deck covering is often challenging because of the endless shade ideas. Every deck looks unique and you think that each one of them would look good for your house. Even if you decide to choose a simple type of deck cover like awning, you get tons of customization options to blend it perfect with your home’s exterior.
Deck covering ideas
It is best to consult with a professional regarding the design, size, and type of deck cover that would fit best in your deck. Here are some of the latest deck covering ideas that you can keep in mind:
1. Modern deck
This one focuses on the privacy of your rear yard. The covered deck looks like an extension of your interiors. It reflects the size of your living room or master bedroom. Pressure-treated frames and ipe wood are the go-to materials for such decks. You can decorate it with in-ground deck lights for subtle illumination. Make sure its color matches the exterior color of your house.
2. Combining iron and wood
A combination of iron and wood provides a sophisticated and stylish look to your deck covering. If you want to convert your deck into a place to hang out with your friends, then talk to the deck covering company to show designs that contain both iron and wood. You can go for wooden posts and over-head cover. On the other hand, select intricate designs for iron to install at the bottom of the posts. Keep all the sides open to enjoy the greenery outside.
3. Sydney beach style
If you are one of those who love rustic, minimalistic designs, then the Sydney beach style should impress you as one of the best deck covers. The greyed-out hardwood deck gets a composite cover on top and wooden posts to support the cover over your head. This style goes best with pergola designs, giving it a casual, tropical look. Keep small wooden stools and coffee table with grey or off-white sofas. It would look as if you live near a beach-side house in Sydney, Australia.
4. Shade sails
Wouldn’t it be great if you could convert your deck into an additional dining space? You and your friends can all hang out with some cold drinks on a sunny Saturday afternoon. And this idea won’t cost you a fortune. The installation is not super-complicated as you are essentially mounting a giant piece of cloth-like material to your house and a few posts that you will have to put up.
It involves installing mounting hardware on your house (ie. eyelets) and/or putting up posts on four sides (sometimes six posts, depending on the size of the shade sail). Next, you will install the shade sails by attaching them from one post to another. It allows you to enjoy the cool breeze while you have lunch or dinner with your family outside. But like most temporary shade structures, you will have to put it up and take it down every time you want to use it or you will run the risk of letting mother nature destroy it with weather like wind and snow.
5. Bohemian style cover
The advantage of Bohemian-style deck cover is it doesn’t require a lot of space but provides an incredible addition to your home that can fetch a huge amount of money later if you decide to sell your house. Bohemian style means a cozy space where you can curl up and enjoy a cup of coffee or read your favorite book. You can include anything like unfinished wood furniture, rustic tables, or refurbished chairs.
Again, the cover is suitable for a pergola-style deck arrangement. Once the expert finishes installing the deck cover, you can add hanging plants in small pots and illuminate the area with amber lights. Put indoor plants in the corners to add to that Bohemian feeling.
Why hiring a professional is necessary
A deck construction company has the experience that homeowners may not have. You may see tons of deck covering designs and select a few that you think would look fabulous for your house. But installing them may not be possible if you consider the structure of your home.
When you talk to a professional from a deck construction company, he listens to your requirements in detail before recommending some of the styles that would suit best for your house. This would not only meet your demands but also fulfill the quality standards to ensure that the deck and its cover stay for years.
Additionally, DIY deck covers may not last long as most homeowners don’t have the tools and machines required to build these units. Imagine having lunch with your family on a holiday when one of the posts come crashing at your dining table.
You don’t encounter these risks if you hire a professional. The experts not only take precautionary measures during installation but they also check the robustness of the deck covers before leaving.
Most importantly, professionals can give you an approximate cost for the materials required to build the deck cover. They can also provide estimates of railings and custom fencing if you want.
If you need someone to provide top-notch deck covers for your home, don’t hesitate to call us at 970-663-2868. We have some unique deck cover designs that we think would look perfect for your home. Click here to visit our deck cover services page to learn more.