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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:

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With the internet being so prevalent these days, most consumers love to post about their life experiences on blogs, review boards, forums, and many more types of online outlets. As consumers, we can use this huge amount of data to our advantage when choosing a business, product, or any other type of service. When choosing a contractor to do work on your patio cover, there are a few main places we suggest finding out information on the company. The beautiful thing is you can take everything you learn in this blog post and not only apply it to finding a patio cover contractor, you can also use these skills for checking out places you’re going to go or service based businesses that you’re going to hire. We hope you enjoy this article!

It’s pretty easy to get fake reviews done in this day and age. There are even “underground” places online where business owners can swap reviews! Business owners will also hire and pay people to leave them online reviews… Don’t believe us? Go to Fiverr.com right now and you’ll find a ton of people offering to leave business owners online reviews! So how do you find out what real people that have actually had an experience with the business? There’s no guarantees in life, but Google Business Listing reviews are the closest thing to real reviews that you’re going to get. Google has an algorithm that knows when someone is leaving a business review. When you go online, google knows exactly where you’re searching from, so if you’re leaving a business in Florida a review and Google knows you’re leaving that review from Austin, Texas, that’s going to set off a red flag. I know what you’re thinking… but what if I traveled to Floriday for the weekend, flew back home, than left the review?! Well, Google is smart enough to know that people are absolutely going to travel and leave reviews about their hotel after they have left their vacation spot so Google is going to leave most of those reviews along. However, that out of state “red flag” is going to trigger google’s algorithm to dig a little deeper into the review that was left. If it looks like it was from a legit person, it’ll be just fine. But if the review was left by someone that has recently left a plumbing review in New York, and a pool resurfacing conractor review in California, Google is most likely going to remove that review. Out of all of the review “type” of websites, Google is definitely the hardest place to leave fake online reviews and is a very credible place to get honest reviews about a company.

There are many other social websites like Yelp that are extremely interactive and get used by millions of people everyday. The problem with Yelp is that their algorithm isn’t nearly as complex as Google so many more fake reviews slip in between the cracks and you won’t be able to as good of a gauge on the quality of the business you’re looking up.

These are just a few options to help you find your patio cover contractor. Please remember that once you find a good contractor with credible online reviews, make sure to see our next post about the series of questions you should ask your contractor to make sure they’re a good fit.

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