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Designing an Outdoor Concrete Patio: 5 Patio Cover Ideas

Your home’s backyard is your personal oasis. It’s essential that you add in all the important details to ensure that you get the most out of it. You took the time to create a swimming pool with all the details you love, but have you put in that same effort to create an outdoor concrete patio that you love?

Not only will you want to focus on your seating areas, accessories such as a fire pit or outdoor kitchen, and other aspects of your patio, but you’ll also want to focus on your patio’s cover. This may be one detail that’s commonly overlooked, however, it’s important to take great consideration when planning the cover for your patio. Think about the climate where you live and what type of cover you’ll want to have.

Designing an outdoor patio is an exciting time when you know some amazing patio cover ideas. Continue reading below to learn more!

1. Sail Shades

If simple shading is what you need, then consider installing sail shades over your backyard patio. Shade sails are the perfect way to add shade and style to your patio. They bring a lot of architectural elements into the design as well. 

They also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, which is ideal for those who are looking for something specific. You can install a square shape sail, a triangular sail, rectangular, and so much more! This type of cover is the perfect addition to a seating area. 

Do keep in mind, though, that this type of cover only provides a certain amount of shade that’s limited. 

2. Closed Roof and Exposed Beams

For those who are wanting a bit more coverage, a closed roof with exposed beams is a perfect choice! This creates an area that’s basically an indoor seating or dining area that has had its walls knocked out. If you can imagine this, then you can imagine what this area would look like. 

The solid roof connects to the house and keeps the same style and material used on the house itself. Inside the patio, when you look up to the ceiling, you’ll see beautiful exposed wooden beams. These beams are a great way to add style and design to an otherwise boring ceiling. 

The solid roof also provides maximum coverage from not only the sun, but from other weather conditions as well such as rain, snow, and more. 

3. Wooden Arbor 

A wooden arbor is a type of patio cover that adds a romantic feel to a patio area. It provides shade without obstructing the sun completely. This is perfect for sunny days where the sun feels warm and relaxing to the touch, but direct sunlight would be too hot. 

The top of the arbor has beams that aren’t placed directly next to one another. This allows for some sunlight to enter the patio area. When worse comes to worst, you can always take a tarp and lay it out over the arbor to protect yourself from the harsh sun or strong rains and snowfall. 

However, when weather conditions permit, you can always install a lightweight outdoor curtain to the arbor for easy opening and closing. This will give you privacy when desired without making you feel as though you’re no longer outdoors.

4. Steel Pergola with Glass

A steel pergola with glass is lightweight, but it’s also durable and waterproof. The steel can be finished in different styles of finishes to match your home’s style. And because the pergola is made to match the height of your home, it makes your outdoor patio look more like an extension of your home rather than a separate space. 

The glass makes for an enjoyable view when sitting under it. You can relax with a glass of wine or tea and enjoy the scenic views of the sky whether it’s rain or shine. The best part is that you’ll be protected from all the weather elements while still being able to enjoy their beauty. 

Most pergolas with glass roofs come with retractable covers that you can open and close when desired. This comes in handy when the sun is shinning its hottest rays down on you, and you’re looking for some relief from it. 

5. Arbor with Retractable Fabric

An aluminum arbor with a retractable fabric is another great option for your outdoor patio. This patio cover can be installed as a free-standing structure or leaned up against a house. The aluminum is a better material to combat wear and tear.

And the design of it creates a contemporary space perfect for homes with a contemporary style. And because the roof of it is retractable, it makes it convenient to either open the roof for pleasant and sunny days or to close it shut when the sun is too hot or when there is rain in the forecast. 

This type of patio cover is an optimal choice when you’ve created a concrete patio space that isn’t up against your home. 

Design Your Dream Outdoor Concrete Patio Today! 

After reading through these 5 brilliant outdoor concrete patio cover ideas, there’s sure to be a design or style for your home! So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to turn your outdoor patio into your dream patio!

Contact us at Sahara Construction and Custom Pools to see how we can help you start the process! And don’t forget to browse through all of our beautiful patio cover designs that we’ve done in the past for a bit more inspiration!