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Deck And Patio Coverings – Which One Is Right For You?

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If you are in the process of designing a custom deck or patio, or just want to update your current outdoor space, consider including a deck or patio covering.

Not only do these shade structures offer protection from weather and allow you to enjoy your space year-round, but they also ensure privacy and enhance your outdoor space’s overall beauty. Below are the most popular options for covering your outdoor space.


Pergolas are clearly identified by their angled slats, making them a good option for covering your outdoor space. The pergola of yesterday is long-gone – nowadays many are finished with lights, heaters and ceiling fans to bring all the comforts of indoors outside. Below are the benefits of motorized vs. traditional pergolas.

Motorized Pergolas

Motorized Pergolas or Louvered Roofs (you will hear them called both – the names are interchangeable) are by far the hottest deck/patio covering on the market. There are many options and colors to choose from – we design each louvered roof to fit the architecture of your home, whether it be traditional, transitional or modern.

What makes a louvered roof a great option? With the touch of a remote, a louvered roof opens and closes to your exact preferences. The louvered roof can open completely, allowing full sun and breeze, or it can be angled to provide just the right amount of shade. Lastly, it can close completely, protecting you and your guests from the blazing sun or the rain during a passing shower.

If you are considering a louvered roof, I’m sure you’re asking yourself “Which louvered roof is right for my outdoor space?” While there are several louvered roofs on the market, the Equinox Louvered Roof is the Gold Standard. What sets it apart from other louvered roofs? The quality is second to none: made with powder-coated aluminum, the Equinox Louvered Roof is the ONLY one on the market built to hold snow loads in the northeast. With a 20 year Equinox warranty and a 5 year Deck Remodelers bumper-to-bumper warranty on all installs, you know this is a product that we stand behind. As Deck Remodelers is the exclusive dealer for the Equinox Louvered Roof in NY, NJ and CT, this perfect solution isn’t available anywhere else. To read more about the Equinox Louvered Roof, click here.

Traditional Pergolas

While the Motorized Pergolas are all the rage, covering your space with a traditional pergola might be the right fit for you and your outdoor space. These do not open and close, but would be a good option if covering your space with partial shade is all you need. These have traditionally been constructed out of wood, but nowadays can be manufactured using aluminum or PVC, making them completely maintenance-free.

Traditional Roofs

A traditional roof can be a beautiful option for your outdoor space. Having a gorgeous tigerwood ceiling with recessed lights and skylights truly creates a room-like feel to your space, making it a natural extension of your home. The addition of fans and heaters makes your outdoor room a space that can be used year-round! Below are several options for choosing a traditional roof that’s right for you.

Flat Roof

A flat roof is a good option for covering your outdoor space when you do not want to obstruct the space above the outdoor structure. A flat roof gives a more enclosed feel than the other two roofs we will discuss below. This could work for you if you are looking for a true outdoor room, as it mimics the horizontal orientation of the ceilings inside the home. A flat roof from Deck Remodelers is far from ordinary – the first picture in the carousel to the right won two national NADRA awards in 2021.

Gable Roof

A gable roof is characterized by its upside-down V shape. These are perfect for adding skylights and recessed lighting, making them both functional and beautiful. At Deck Remodelers, we always design and build our gable roofs open at the gable end, with only a horizontal beam for support. This gives an open feel, allowing the natural sunlight to radiate through. This really is a beautiful option, if your space allows for it.

Barrel Roof

A barrel roof is an arched roof, named after the shape of a barrel. When designed and built properly, a barrel roof can truly be a work of art. A barrel roof is a great option for your space when you want to stray from the ordinary and add some flair, and work best when your deck is also designed with curves to tie it all together. A word to the wise when hiring a company ton design and build yours – be sure to use a reputable company that can show you their work and provide references. These can be tricky to build and require someone with heavy experience.

We hope you found this guide to covering your outdoor space useful!

To view our FULL GALLERY of covered outdoor spaces, click here. Not only are there a wide variety of options for covering your space, but when you work with a design/build company like Deck Remodelers, we customize and tailor your outdoor structure to align with your wants and needs. There’s a reason why we are the most nationally awarded builder in North America.