This article was originally published on May 3, 2017 and has been updated on September 6, 2023.

Smart patio covers come in many options. Should you choose a canvas, wood, or metal louvered pergola for your backyard or restaurant patio? The optimal solution will ensure a comfortable, dry place to sit and relax, keeping blinding sunlight, rain, and snow off you and your furnishings. Making a snap decision could leave you disappointed and unable to use your outdoor space reliably. To get the most out of your outdoor shelter investment, consider the long-term impact of your preferred shelter solution on your deck or patio’s functionality and usefulness.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Common Patio Cover Materials

Harsh outdoor conditions put patio shelter to the test. Selecting the best material to withstand this environment will ensure lasting happiness with your investment. Which material comes out on top?


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Canvas patio covers

Like fabrics covering furnishings within and outside your home, canvas patio covers require regular cleaning to prevent staining from dirt, mold, and mildew and protection to avoid tears. Keeping the material clear of leaves and potentially damaging branches is crucial. Removal in high winds is also a must. Metal components require regular cleaning to ensure smooth operation and prevent corrosion from dirt and moisture. Breakdown typically occurs after a couple of years of exposure to Denver’s brutal mountain sunshine. Expect to replace fabric frequently if you want to keep your home or business looking its best.

Wood patio covers

Traditional wood patio covers are known for their natural beauty. However, they’re becoming a thing of the past thanks to patio cover options that offer easier care, better longevity, and more flexibility than fixed open or closed-roof pergola designs. Wood elements require regular painting, staining, or sealing to keep pests and rot at bay. They can crack and warp with exposure to the elements over time. Wood structures may also pull away from attached structures, causing water infiltration and damage.


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Aluminum patio covers

You can install a modern pergola with a roof anywhere. Attach it to your home or commercial structure like an awning or detached like a pergola or pavilion. They’re not susceptible to mold, rot, rust, pests, or chemicals. StruXure powder-coated aluminum pergolas can handle harsh marine and poolside environments and any weather Denver can dish out. Lightweight yet strong, aluminum pergolas with motorized louvers stand up to harsh sunlight, downpours, hail, heavy snow loads, and hurricane-force winds. They require very little care and maintenance and are built to last a lifetime, far outliving even the best wood or fabric alternatives. Louvered pergolas are also far more versatile. Slats adjust up to 170 degrees, allowing you to dial in the perfect amount of sun, shade, ventilation, or precipitation protection, taking full advantage of your outdoor space, no matter the season. Built-in accessories like lights, fans, infrared heaters, and motorized screens ensure comfortable year-round use. Operation is a breeze using the Somfy MyLink smartphone app, by voice command with popular home automation systems, or on-demand with integrated rain, wind, and freeze sensing technology.

Ensures Years of Reliable, Lasting Use with StruXure Luxury Smart Pergolas

Smart patio covers from StruXure Denver offer the ultimate solution for maximizing curb appeal and use of your outdoor space. Discover the difference our top-of-the-line aluminum pergolas can make. Contact StruXure Denver at 303-500-6669 to get a free quote today.

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