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How do I Choose the Best Vinyl Patio Cover?

Jessica Reed
Jessica Reed

Vinyl patio covers have gained popularity with homeowners due to their affordability, low maintenance requirements, and easy installation. To make the best decision when buying a vinyl patio cover, a homeowner needs to consider the style and color he wants and the price he’s willing to pay. Though most vinyl covers come in an easy-to-assemble kit, the homeowner should also check how the cover is installed before making a purchase.

One of the advantages of choosing a vinyl patio cover is pricing. The vinyl kits are cheaper than other materials, such as wood, and do not require professional installation. Maintenance requirements are few, and limited to hosing the cover down occasionally to remove dirt and washing it with soap and water if it becomes particularly dirty. The vinyl patio cover is free from many of the problems a wood or metal patio cover experiences. It won't rust or rot and is unaffected by rain.


To choose the best vinyl patio cover, the homeowner should determine the size, style, and color he wants. It should complement the house and the patio area it's covering. White is a commonly used color because it matches any style or color and the homeowner won’t have to worry about it matching if he repaints the house in the future. Elaborately designed patio covers work for larger and more elaborate homes while homes with more simplistic, basic decorations will want a plain patio cover without the fancy posts and designs. Size should also scale relative to the size of the house and the size of the patio.

The homeowner also has a choice about the specific material used in the vinyl patio cover. Companies may offer a recycled option which is environmentally friendly and made in part from recycled materials. This option will appeal to the homeowner with an environmentally friendly lifestyle or who simply wants to use recycled materials to help prevent unnecessary waste.

After finding a patio cover that fits his needs and installation choices, the homeowner should check the price. He should also see what kind of warranty the company offers. It's important to always buy a patio cover with a warranty on it. Even the cheaper vinyl covers are intended to hold up for years to come. If the cover malfunctions or experiences other problems after buying it, the homeowner will want to return it for another cover or a refund of his money.

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