Living in Orange County, CA, is pretty much a dream come true because we have some of the best weather in the entire world. With that being said, we don’t have to worry as much about the materials we use when making decisions on our house. Imagine living in Arizona and choosing a type of roof tile to put on top of your home. The roof tile is going to get pounded on by 120 degree weather for 4-6 months throughout the year so you’re probably going to pick a different material than someone who lives in Seattle where it rains 80% of the year. The point I’m trying to make is that in Orange County, we don’t really have to worry about any of that stuff when we’re having a new roof or patio cover installed, which is great! However, even though we can choose to have any type of material installed onto our houses, it doesn’t mean we should. We’re going to take a look at some different patio cover options and how elements such as the weather and pesky bugs can make a huge difference on the longevity of your patio cover.
A lot of folk in Orange County decide to use wood patio covers because we don’t get a lot of rain, fog, humidity, or anything else that will affect the wood very much. Because of these reasons, I can definitely see why some people would choose a wood patio cover over aluminum. Aluminum patio covers are extremely common in areas where the weather conditions are more extreme because of their durability. The downfall of owning a wood patio cover is that termites exist anywhere, and everywhere. Termites are little critters that eat wood for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If one termite decides they like your patio cover and they start breeding, it won’t be too long before you have yourself a major problem. Patio covers are usually built as permanent-like structures to last for a very long time. When part of that structure gets damaged, it’s usually nearly impossible to just fix a portion of it without having to do some other major construction. Aside from termites, wood patio covers come with a lot of other baggage. California has been in a drought for the last 5 years and is due for some serious rainfall. It might be another year, or even another 5 years before we finally get some rainfall, but when we do you’re going to be a lot better off having an aluminum patio cover. There are millions of types of different woods produced everyday throughout the world. Wood manufacturers and distributors do their best to only use the best quality wood, but with all that production there is going to be “weak” and “defective” wood that gets distributed. If the wood used to build your patio cover isn’t extremely strong it can begin to rot and deteriorate. It doesn’t take a lot of rain or moisture to to start this process and once it’s in motion, it’s extremely hard to stop.
I hope this article has been extremely helpful in pointing out the downfalls of owning a wood patio cover. Even though we live in Southern California, the mild weather we get plus those pesky termites can leave you with an extremely pricey repair on your patio cover. Contact me with any questions!
Here’s a video of what wood rot looks like on a patio cover: