Avoid Discoloration – Choose A Solid Cover
Although I love the look of a lattice cover on a patio, I will always recommend a solid cover for one reason – discoloration.
You may not notice it, but UV rays will gradually discolor and fade your patio. It isn’t all that bad when there is no cover at all. But, when under a lattice covering, the chances are that some parts of your patio are going to be more faded than others.
There are ways to prevent this, you can seal your patio yearly, but this takes time and skill if you do it yourself and can be costly if you hire someone else.
A solid patio cover can protect your patio from discoloration or fading and give you some well-needed shade.
They Both Have Their Benefits
Lattice – A lattice patio cover gives you partial cover from the elements and sun. They work well in environments where rain isn’t a huge problem, and they allow humidity to release to keep the space cooler.
They’re also great for your outdoor plants to keep them happy with minimal rain or sunlight exposure. Finally, they’re a very stylish addition to your home.
Solid – On the other hand, you have solid patio covers. These covers give you more shading from the sun or rain, [which] can help keep the space much cooler, even during scorching weather. They prevent sun damage and can increase your home’s value.
Also, solid patio covers work well for preventing sunburn or the breakdown of your patio furniture from exposure to UV rays.
Lattice is Preferred
Lattice patio covers offer an airy, open feel and provide some sun and rain protection while still allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space.
Solid patio covers provide more protection from the elements but can make your outdoor space feel more closed in.
In the end, the choice will depend on your particular preferences and how you want to use your outside area.
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