A well-designed patio can be the crown jewel of a beautiful home. Many people enjoy using their patio to entertain, work or even to rest. Getting the most from your patio usually requires some kind of enclosure. Lattice covers are the most popular enclosure for patios, as they provide a measure of protection from the outside without completely enclosing the patio and defeating the point of actually being outside. There are a few things to consider when selecting a lattice cover for your patio.
The first consideration in selecting a lattice cover for your patio is the prevailing weather in your area. If you live in a hot and dry climate, then you are probably looking for a lattice cover that will provide some shade, but not interfere with breezes or airflow. However, if you live in a more wet and windy climate, then you probably want a lattice cover with much smaller openings that will shield your patio from some of the wind and rain.
Types of Lattice Covers
The traditional lattice cover is called an open lattice cover. It has widely spaced openings and can block 50 to 60 percent of the sun. This lattice cover provides ample shade but will not block wind and rain. A close lattice cover on the other hand provides cover from wind and rain due to the closely spaced openings.
Wooden lattice covers are very popular for their charming and sometimes rustic look. Wooden lattice covers can be painted or sealed and are known for being an attractive addition to any house. However, wooden lattice covers, like any outdoor wood, require a fair amount of maintenance. Wooden lattice covers will need to repainted regularly and checked for termites. If you’re already maintaining a wood deck or other structure, this might not be much additional work, but if you really don’t have the time for a lot of home maintenance, a wooden lattice cover may be more work than it’s worth.
Fortunately, manufacturers have realized that homeowners enjoy the look of wooden lattice covers but don’t want the maintenance headache, so they’ve begun offering aluminum lattice covers with a wood grain pattern embossed into them. They are available in many colors and come with the option of baked on enamel coating. These lattice covers are practically maintenance free, since they don’t rust and never need repainting. Many come in cedar and other colors designed to mimic the look of wood, have built-in gutters that help move rainwater away from your patio, or include shade tarps.
Lattice covers can make a big difference in how enjoyable a patio is. Selecting the right lattice cover is easy if you take time to think about how you’ll use your patio, what sort of weather you typically have and how much maintenance you’re willing to perform. These few items will help you decide on a lattice cover that will make outdoor time on your patio as enjoyable as possible.