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3 Patio Cover Options for Your Folsom Home

Are you a Folsom homeowner wanting to add function and comfort to your patio? There are a number of patio cover options available that allow for expanded use, protection from the sun when needed, style, and value.

Here are three patio cover options to consider for your Folsom home.


Aluminum patio covers and awnings can be either freestanding or attached to your house. Roofing options for patio covers include solid roof or open lattice and come in a wide assortment of colors.

There are significant maintenance advantages to using an aluminum patio cover in your Folsom backyard. There’s no need to paint an aluminum cover and there is no risk of insect damage or dry rot. Aluminum is fireproof, does not warp, and resists cracking. Basic posts can also be upgraded to decorative fiberglass or stucco columns.

Single-skin aluminum covers are one patio cover installation option. Double-skilled covers provide for an insulated enclosure that has a thermal barrier to reduce heat conductivity. They allow electrical wiring to be run between the skins for installation of misters, lighting, outlets or outdoor fans.


Pergola patio covers come in a variety of forms and can be either free-standing or attached in a Folsom, CA backyard. Typically, pergola patio covers have open sides with either a solid or slatted roof. Often made from steel, vinyl or wood, pergolas usually include columns, rafters and purlins (horizontal roofing).

When installing a pergola patio cover, attention needs to be paid to the proportionality of the pergola in relation to other backyard elements and the house itself. Different styles, materials and decorative options are available. Among wood pergolas, there are a number of possible options including the popular redwood, cedar and Douglas fir in addition to pressure-treated wood.

With attached pergolas, the structure is bolted to an overhanging roof or house wall. Sail pergolas include a sail-shaped covering that is stretched between the end posts. For patio cover roof options, homeowners can select gabled pergolas that are triangularly shaped and have either a ridged or peaked roof. Pitched pergolas have better water runoff and have an angled roof. Pergolas with open roofs are also available.

Many pergola owners choose to put plants or vines that will climb and decorate the structure. Popular options include climbing roses, wisteria, passionflower, clematis, grapes and kiwi.

Sun Shades

Sun shades are ideal for those who want to carefully control the amount of sunlight entering their patio or Folsom home. They can also enhance privacy and reduce energy costs.

There are several types of sun shades to consider for your Folsom home. Awnings can be permanently affixed or freestanding structures. Retractable awnings can be opened and closed, either with a hand crank, wall switch or remote control, allowing for flexible control of the amount of sun or shade provided. Fixed awnings come in crescent, dome, ornamental, slope, or waterfall designs. Sun sail patio covers are decorative sail-shaped materials that stretch and connect to poles to create a canopy over your patio. Roll-up shades also allow you to adjust the amount of sunlight on your patio and in your Folsom home. These shades have UV resistance to protect you as well as preventing furniture, carpets and wooden floors from fading.

Folsom homeowners have great options for making their patio a welcome spot to enjoy nature in shaded luxury.


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