Looking back on ten years as a small business here in Ogden, it’s amazing to see how much progress you can make in a decade.

“We were working out of our house when we first started,” says Elka Wallace, co-owner of Cool Covers with her husband, Scott.

“Now we own a building and an actual business, and we have people that come in all the time…just to sit there and talk to us about their products and what they’re doing, and we’ve become real good friends with a lot of people because of that.”

Cool Covers, which primarily sells patio covers, started in 2007; Scott Wallace already had more than 20 years of experience selling patio covers when he and Elka decided to go into business for themselves.

They worked out of their home at first, then a storage shed, and then the building that now serves as their shop.

Today they’re still doing what they did then – visiting homes for estimates and installations of their custom-measured product – but now they have 8 employees to help them keep up.

Based in Ogden, they serve customers from North Salt Lake to Logan and the surrounding area.

For Scott, patio covers – and the way they can improve people’s quality of life – has always been a passion.

“He is so sweet and so genuine and so honest about it. He won’t sell people stuff that they really don’t need to spend money on,” Elka says.

Ten years later, they can see their impact in the many happy customers and longtime friends who they’ve met just by doing what they do.

“It’s nice to know that just some simple patio cover can bring so many people together,” she says.

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 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.