Which Patio Cover Material is Best in Northern Nevada?


Patio covers are a brilliant way to add protection and shade to your outdoor space here in northern Nevada. These shade structures create a semi-enclosed space that amplify your views of your backyard. But as with anything, you have options for patio covers, and one of the biggest relates to the material used. So, which patio cover material is best in northern Nevada? Here’s what the experts at Golden Eagle Builders suggest.

Pros & Cons of Different Patio Cover Materials

  • Wood. This is a traditional and undeniably beautiful material for a patio cover—at first. Different species of wood and options for paint and stain mean this material suits a fairly wide range of architectural styles, but maintenance is unavoidable. Freeze-thaw cycles, the blazing sun, the dry high desert climate, and our high winds take a toll on wood, which means you’ll need to be diligent about annual upkeep to ward off cracking, fading, and rotting. Expect to be sanding, painting or sealing at least every other year, and factor those costs into the lifetime of your patio cover.
  • Aluminum. Strong, durable and lightweight, aluminum is an ideal option for patio covers in our area. Don’t mistake it for vinyl, a low-maintenance and inexpensive material that looks the part. Aluminum comes in a range of colors and styles and withstands just about anything that Mother Nature can throw at it. It makes for an impressive patio cover with a more contemporary feel than wood, minus the maintenance drawbacks. That means no blistering, rotting, or cracking, and no damage from the sun, rain, snow, or wind. It doesn’t require annual upkeep, and it’s a more cost-effective choice than lumber.

Which Material is Best?

At Golden Eagle Builders, we work with both materials and we understand the value and benefits of both. Ultimately, the best material choice comes down to individual preference. By weighing the pros and cons of both materials, people are in the best position to decide which material best suits their budget and preferences. For recommendations, contact the Golden Eagle Builders team today!