Similar to outdoor structures, patio coverings are specifically designed to give all or part of your patio enough shade to enjoy during the hot summer months. In the heat of summer, you can relax and entertain outdoors without being overwhelmed by the beating sun. Shade structures also extend the season through fall and winter. If your structure is built with a solid roof or even insulated sides, you can enjoy a peaceful winter day untouched by snow or rain.
Some of the more popular patio coverings are pergolas (both free standing and supported by the home), shade sails, and screened porches.