Attached vs Freestanding Patio Cover in Reno and Sparks


We’re finally enjoying warm weather here in northern Nevada! Irrigation systems are being turned back on, there are veggies and flowers for sale at the grocery store, and the phones are ringing with people ready to make 2023 the year they finally get that patio cover project underway. A common question people have is whether an attached or freestanding patio cover is better for homes in Reno and Sparks. Here’s what to understand about their individual pros and cons.

Attached Patio Covers

An attached patio cover is exactly what it sounds like—one section is anchored to the wall of your home (or another structure, like a pool house), with two posts or columns that anchor it to the ground. Here at Golden Eagle Builders, our team will handle all of the structural details. That includes pulling the appropriate permits and digging the footings to ensure the job is done properly.

There are a few applications in which an attached patio cover is the best choice for your home. These include:

  • Defining a space. Whether it’s an entry or part of a larger existing patio, an attached patio cover immediately gives open, undefined spaces a specific purpose (while also adding protection from the sun, which is an important consideration here in northern Nevada).
  • Expanding an entertaining area. If you love hosting guests, an attached patio cover expands your living space by creating a beautiful outdoor area to gather, dine, and socialize. Pair it with an outdoor kitchen for a truly fabulous entertainment space.

Freestanding Pergola

pergola-vs-patio-cover-golden-eagle-builders-renoThese structures differ from attached patio covers in that they aren’t connected to your home or another structure. Instead, they’re constructed to stand alone, creating a stylish sitting area somewhere in your outdoor space. They can be placed to maximize a view, for example, or anchor an area of your landscaping. They’re often a wonderful complement to an in-ground pool or spa.

DIY kits are available for freestanding pergolas, but for a project that will look beautiful and perform well for decades, this is likely one for the professionals. We can work with you to create the perfect pergola for your space, and you can be certain that it’ll be completed properly.

Getting Started

Whether you’re drawn to freestanding or attached patio covers, you want it done right. The experts here at Golden Eagle Builders understand that every project deserves individual attention, planning, and consideration, and we’d love to talk through your options. Contact us today, and let’s get started.