Your deck can be the gateway to your outdoor accommodation. However, you may want to stay outside despite the fact that it is raining or the sun is most brutal. In such cases, a partial roof or a roof would be made considerably easier. It creates a more comfortable space on your deck and allows you to comfortably enjoy your hot tub or outdoor grilled meal after a long day. A little protection and shade will make your open-air space a lot more livable. This section lists just a few commonly used top cover options.
- Deck pergola: One of the simplest deck coverings is a pergola, an arrangement of open rafters held in place by posts. They are usually made of a material that is indistinguishable from your patios and railings. Pergolas do not protect the rain below, but they offer shade and the feeling of a safe home. You can develop creepers in rafters and hang skylights for magical social evenings.
- Deck roof: A full roof, often referred to as a patio roof, basically uses the same methods as a general roof. Installing a deck roof will require support posts, rafters, deck cladding, roofing material, and possibly a sewer and downpipe system to allow rainwater to drain.
- Deck canopy: A retractable panel or umbrella is a good choice for some decks. They open to ward off sun and rain and hide when shelter is not needed. They are made of treated canvas or weatherproof texture bonded with a metal edge. Deck canopies can be operated manually or with a remote control. Some advanced automatic models have sensors that retract the top when strong winds are detected.