What You Need To Know When Considering A Covered Patio

What You Need To Know When Considering A Covered Patio

Myrtle Beach weather can be unexpected and sudden during the summer months. The hot, sunny summer days of coastal weather often lead to stormy afternoons. To enjoy the outdoors despite Mother Nature’s mood, consider a Myrtle Beach covered patio for your home. There are an abundance of choices when it comes to size, materials, and function of a covered patio. Customization of a roofed shelter means your covered patio will seamlessly match your home and fit your budget. Consider these tips and factors when choosing which covered patio style is best for you.

Where should you build your patio cover?

The location of your covered patio should be a no brainer – over the patio – right? Before you start buying outdoor furniture and sending bar-b-que invites, consider functionality and shade. Most patios are right off the back door of a home, but that may not be the most shaded or well-designed area. The Carolina Home Exteriors team can help you design a patio or Four Seasons LifeRoom that works well in your space and creates a natural flow with the rest of your home.

Another factor to consider when constructing your home addition or Myrtle Beach gazebo is your city or county building codes and Home Owners Association regulations. Check with your city’s zoning or permit office to see how your property is regulated in terms of building an attached or stand-alone structure. To ensure you don’t misinterpret the restrictions, it’s best to hire a licensed and insured construction company in Myrtle Beach to handle the job professionally.

How big should your patio cover be?

Consider how much space you need to cover with your patio or sunroom. The size will vary depending on your needs. How do you decide the size of a Myrtle Beach covered porch? Consider:

  • How you plan to use the space
  • Size of your current patio
  • Size of your outdoor furniture
  • How much shade and protection you want to create

The length and width of your patio or LifeRoom aren’t the only measurements to consider. How high should the roof be? A shorter height will help you maximize shade coverage but may also make the space feel more cramped. A high ceiling opens the space but shading is limited at certain points of the day.

Open or solid roof: Which is better?

The type of roof on will determine the level of air circulation as well as protection from the elements. Living in a coastal region means you need to be prepared for strong storms or even hurricanes. A durable roof is important – so consider if you’d like to have an open roof for better air circulation or a closed roof for more shade and protection from the weather. An open lattice roof will offer the best circulation but solid covers will provide complete shade and the best protection from rain. If you opt for a solid roof, plan to include ceiling fans for your covered patio, as the solid structure can trap heat.

If you want to discuss your options for a Myrtle Beach covered porch or sunroom with a professional, contact Carolina Home Exteriors today for a free in-home consultation.