If you love being outdoors but don’t love contending with the sun, rain, and snow, listen up! There is a way to make your patio more comfortable and usable year-round.

Permanent patio covers are a home-improvement trend that’s gaining popularity in Utah as a means to make outdoor spaces more livable.

A solid, steel patio cover is something that’s built onto your house, a fixed structure that turns that patio into an outdoor room.

Though it’s custom made, the price is a lot less than you’d think – especially for the value it can add in comfort to your everyday life.

“If it’s snowing outside, you can still walk outside and sit under your patio cover,” says Elka Wallace, who owns Ogden-based Cool Covers with her husband, Scott. “If you like to barbecue in the winter, it’s perfect.”

In the summer, a cover shades the patio from the blazing sun – and, with roller shades that can be installed to drop down from the patio edges, it can provide extra protection from the sun.

And not only does the patio cover protect you from the elements, it also protects your patio furniture – meaning there’s no longer a need to find a place to store the furniture in the winter.

It’s a great way to enjoy your patio all year long!

Cool Covers sells other outdoor living products as well, but patio covers have been the mainstay of their business for the last decade.

Elka says that’s because they truly impact quality of life, allowing people to rediscover their backyard patios as outdoor rooms that can be enjoyed all year – regardless of the weather.

To find out more about Cool Covers, you check them out online at www.coolcovers07.com. They can also be reached by e-mail at scott@patiocoversutah.com or by phone at (801) 396-2419