No one wants to stay indoors during good weather. The best place to do this and not have to deal with the crowds at the beach or parks is on the patio. While the patio is actually an extension of the house a well designed space will give you the comfort and security of being in the house but the fresh air and relaxed atmosphere of being outside. Keep in mind though that patios are not decks and to get the best use out of them you have to protect the furniture on them. Patios can have everything from home furniture, to pool tables, video games, computers, plants, grills and other things that can be damaged or destroyed by water, snow or water. If you want to protect all these things when you are not using the patio the best thing to do is to get a good set of patio covers.
Most patio covers today are made of wood. Many people like the way that wood matches the material of most homes, giving it a look that is it a natural outgrowth of the home instead of something attached as an afterthought. Wood patio covers come in several different types of wood, like pine and oak, which are the most popular. Wood is not the only material they are made of. Metal is popular in some areas of the country, especially if they have heavy winds or snows, because of its strength. The strongest of course are the steel covers but they can also be quite expensive. They are also not subject to insects like termites and will not rot, but they do need to be protected against rust and corrosion. There are also acrylic covers. These are great for places like the deep south and southwest as shelter from mild rains and strong sun.