Arizona's High Temperatures and Patio Covers

One of the best ways to deal with Arizona’s hot temperatures is to install an Arizona room. And Arizona does get hot, make no mistake.

Arizona is a fairly large state geographically, however, most of the population of Arizona is in central Arizona. Unfortunately, Arizona’s central section is part of the Sonoran desert, which has some of the hottest summer recorded temperatures in America. Normal summer temperatures in the Valley of the Sun can reach 100 degrees. Urban heat islands, or UHI are another contributing factor of summer temperatures in the Phoenix area. Because of the urban heat island effect, even at night, temperatures can still be well above 100 degrees. There are only a few ways of dealing with this kind of excessive heat. One of the best ways is to provide some sort of shelter, such as patio covers or an Arizona room.

An Arizona room increases both your square footage as well as offering you a haven year round. Arizona Rooms follow trends in history. In 16th century England where they got their start, they were called solariums and were used primarily as greenhouses. The 19th century saw solariums change from simple greenhouses to beautiful and refined glass palaces, for all intents and purposes. From England, solariums ended up all over Europe. In Germany, they’re often generally known as wintergartens, or winter gardens. In the US, however, the design of solariums changed somewhat, and they became known as sun porches, sun rooms, or at some point, Arizona rooms. For starters, what precisely is an Arizona room? An Arizona room is a structure, which is securely attached onto the side of a house, and allows a view of the surrounding scenery while being sheltered from adverse weather conditions such as rain, extreme sunlight, and wind. As a rule, such rooms are made of a lot of glass, with clear windows on the side and different types of roofing. The roof of such a room is often frosted glass or translucent plastic. Styles can vary, but some rooms are built solely for the view, and others are designed for natural light and warmth. Arizona rooms aren’t your only option, however.

Patio covers are another viable way of beating the heat as well. Patio covers in Scottsdale offer shelter from the sun while allowing to still enjoy the sunlight, particularly during the summer. With a patio cover, you get to have an attached open air room to your home. Consider several things before you go for a patio cover, however.

For starters, what do you want to make them out of? Patio covers are made from wood, fabric or metal. Aluminum patio covers have advanced significantly for example. Aluminum is not nearly as expensive as wood, but aluminum can be made to look like wood and comes in multiple colors. You have to consider the weather for your area. Fabric patio covers are not good choices in areas with extremely high winds. Once you figure out what it’s made of, then you have to give some thought to the design too.

Do you want American Traditional or Modern? What color do you want? How well will it match your house? Get in touch Royal Covers of Arizona for additional information.  We can build Scottsdale patio covers, sun rooms and so much more.

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