Now that we’re midway through fall and winter is just around the corner, it’s almost time to drag the patio furniture in until next spring. But what if we told you that there was a way to extend your outdoor season? In this post, we’re going to discuss some of the best patio cover ideas to keep you outdoors for longer.

At W.A. Zimmer, we’re your one-stop shop for patio covers, pergolas, and retractable awnings, so we know a thing or two about how to make your home more outdoor-friendly. Read on and you’ll see what we mean.

1. Dry Cool Pergola

Pergolas are structures that you add to your home to give it more comfort and beauty. They can be attached to your house or put free-standing over your patio. Unfortunately, most pergolas are open-roofed, so not great for shielding you from the chillier times of the year.

Not so with the W.A. Zimmer Dry Cool pergola. This structure combines the functionality of the patio cover with the class of the pergola by giving you insulated center panels that protect you from rain and snow while regulating the patio’s temperature.

2. Contemporary Patio Roof

With a contemporary patio roof, you can be outside into the depths of winter if you choose to. Most older patio roofs are aimed at shielding the sun but do little for protecting you from the elements.

Our contemporary patio roofs have two pieces of aluminum with insulation in between. During the summer months, this method restricts heat coming through to your patio and in the fall and winter, provides you a sturdy, covered space that can handle harsh snow loads.

3. The St. Thomas

For something more minimalistic, our St. Thomas patio cover features a single beam and corbel design, supported by Florentine-style columns. You can also add a retractable screen to provide you with some protection against mosquitos in the summer and a buffer for the wind in the cooler months.

Installing a patio cover is a budget-friendly way to give you outdoor space that you can use all year round. The construction itself is done meeting all building codes and takes no time at all when you hire W.A. Zimmer.

4. Sun Rooms

Some people want to be able to access and enjoy viewing their backyard whether it’s 30-degrees out or minus 30-degrees. If this is you, then you might consider constructing a sunroom on the back of your home.

To truly extend your outdoor season, choose from one of our 3 sunroom styles. Each of them will allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to striking an indoor/outdoor balance. Visit our site to compare them and choose the one that best fits your needs.

Patio Cover Ideas for Your Home

Now that you can see the variety you get to choose from, it’s time to figure out which outdoor living options is best for you. At W.A Zimmer, we take pride in building the finest patio covers and sunrooms for the fine residents of Fort Wayne, Huntington, South Bend, and everywhere in between. To view some of our best projects, visit our website, and when you’re ready to install your patio cover, contact us to schedule an on-site estimate.