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

If you’re a homeowner, you may be devoting time to the outside of your home, preparing before the first frost hits.  There’s a lot to consider for those of you with an outdoor patio, just take a peek at tips like these that can help keep everything ready and waiting for the warmer weather.

  1. Clean and store your patio furniture.    Give your furniture a good cleaning so it’s not sitting in grime for the next 6 months and make sure it dries completely before storing.
  2. Store garden tools, accessories and bring your potted plants inside.
  3. Clean your grill.  Who wants to start the bar-b-que season off with last summers left over chicken?  Add lifetime to your purchase and
  4. Add cover. If your patio is lacking a covered space that will allow you to enjoy your outdoor space year round, now is a perfect time.  With options that offer both enclosed or lattice style, it not only will add value to your home, but can offer a low maintenance, durable and custom designed space.
  5. Remove stains and debris from your space.  It’s the daunting task that no one likes to do, but investing in a good cleaning substance (which will vary based on what your outdoor space is made of) and giving your space a good washing will help with stains and debris so that they don’t become ingrained.  It will also allow you to inspect and repair any weak spots.

Don’t forget about your awning!  Awnings give great energy savings and reduce solar heat in the warmer months so it is important to care for them.  Using a soft bristled brush, mild soap and a bucket of water, start from the top and work your way down to remove any dirt, leaves, or debris.  Allow your awning to dry completely before storing otherwise your just promoting mildew and mold growth.