Questions to ask before choosing an outdoor patio cover

Questions to ask before choosing an outdoor patio cover

If you’re ready to take your outdoor patio experience to a new level, you might want to ask yourself a few questions first. They will help you get a better understanding of what you’re looking for, as far as price, quality, and functionality. No two patios are the same, and you want yours to stand out as the envy of the neighborhood.

We’ve compiled a list of questions that are important to ask yourself and the business you’re working with to have the project done. Ultimately, they are questions that will help you get exactly what you’re looking for – a high-quality, functional, and beautifully-designed outdoor living space.

How will you be using the patio?

When will you spend most of your time on your patio during the day? This will help determine the placement of any shade structure. When outside, what do you do? Do you like to grill? Entertain? Tailgate? All these questions should be asked and will be by Alt’s to achieve the best outdoor experience.

If you want to get more of an indoor experience – outdoors; meaning you can enjoy your space all year round, than an Altimate Pergola would be an ideal solution for you.

What is the process like?

It’s a good idea to ask the company how they do the process. Ask how the design process works, if they offer renderings, and how changes can be made throughout.

You might also want to know how long the project will take and what the install process is like. If you’re planning a big backyard event or you’re undertaking other projects, it would be a good idea to consider them as well and let the company know.

Most companies can take multiple weeks to install a solution whereas we can install in as little as two days. This time difference can impact how soon you get to take advantage of your outdoor living space.

What materials are used?

Ask what your patio cover is being made from, and what advantages certain materials have over others. You should also ask how the cover will hold up against the wind. Consider how much wind it will sustain depending on the direction it’s facing. For example, some use wood but we use recycled aluminum made in the USA which can withstand high wind, rain, and the elements.

Also ask how the patio cover can be adapted to your patio or deck, and how it will affect your home, or if it affects your home at all.

Does the cover have a warranty?

This is self-explanatory for most, but still very important. Ask how long the warranty is, and how long the cover is guaranteed for. A quality company can build a quality cover correctly the first time, but in the rare event where something goes awry, you want your bases covered.

Our Altimate Pergola is under warranty for 15 years. Although we pride ourselves on doing jobs correctly the first time, if issues do come up, your pergola will be covered and taken care of.

When making improvements to your home to increase its comfort, value and appearance, be sure to choose renovations that provide the most longevity and return on investment. You shouldn’t settle for short term improvements that require frequent repairs and upgrades. You should choose improvements that will be in style and function properly for the long-term.

Who’s doing the work?

Easily one of the most important questions, it’s a good idea to ask about the company and their experience. It’s no surprise that companies with a lot of experience will have a higher-quality product, and usually a faster project time.

Experienced companies have also done work on dozens of projects in the past, and understand that different homes have different needs.

Alt’s has been constructing superior gutter systems and outdoor living spaces for 36 years. We specialize in building a quality project and getting it done right the first time. Our services are exclusive to ensuring your able to take advantage of your outdoor living space. We are ready to cater to any need. Learn more about our services here.