Vinyl Patio Covers
If you are looking for a durable and low-maintenance shade structure a vinyl patio cover may be the right option. Vinyl doesn't chip, warp or rot and is resistant to insect damage and weathering. Additionally, a vinyl patio cover can be cleaned with a garden hose and a mild soap if necessary and will never need re-painting.
Vinyl is a newer product that has a shiny, smooth surface. Many of the manufacturers that offer aluminum pergola kits also offer them in vinyl. The disadvantage to vinyl is the limited color selection; they’re usually available in white or neutral tones like beige or gray. Trex decking also offers pergola kits made out of cellular PVC. The paint alone has a twenty-year warranty.
Vinyl patio covers are constructed from PVC plastic and available in prefabricated and custom order kits. A quality vinyl structure will have aluminum, steel or wood inserts for strength and stability. Aluminum inserts will make for easier installation because it is lightweight.
Free-standing and attached vinyl patio covers are available in a variety of sizes and heights. Decorative options such as corbel ends, post accents, base trim and post capitols are available from most vinyl patio cover manufacturers. Some companies also offer matching railing and fencing.
The only downside to selecting vinyl as your patio cover material is that it is a clearly manufactured product and may yellow over time. Check with the manufacturer to find out what precautions they take against discoloration and if they offer a warranty.
The initial cost of a vinyl patio cover kit will be higher than the cost of the materials for a wooden patio cover. However, you will save time and money in the long run because so little maintenance is required.