Should I Put a Roof Over My Patio?


Patio with RoofThere are few summer rituals we enjoy more than sitting out on the patio, grilling, and relaxing while the kids play in the backyard. It’s a tried-and-true American tradition for sure! 


As you enjoy your patio or deck this summer, you may be thinking about additional ways to gain some shade and beat the heat. If your mind started thinking about adding a roof to your patio, you’re not alone. Here at Joye Roofing, we frequently hear from homeowners who are interested in discussing roof options for their patios, which isn't surprising because putting a roof over your patio can have several benefits.

A more pleasant patio

Of course, the most obvious benefit is the ability to enjoy your patio or deck without succumbing to the scorching sun. Providing a safe place for you and your family to relax and enjoy the weather is chief among reasons to consider adding a roof to your patio. 

Lower air conditioning bills

Another, sometimes unexpected, benefit of putting a roof over your patio is a byproduct of your roof shielding the patio from the sun. A patio roof helps to shield your house from the sun, which can significantly impact your electricity bill. If your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard, that can put a few dollars back in your pocket each month. 

More opportunities to stay outside

In addition to shielding your family from the sun’s rays, putting a roof over your patio or deck can also shield you from the elements. Rather than running inside every time a summer rain comes along, you and your family can stay outside and enjoy the weather without getting wet. 

Factors to consider when putting a roof over your patio

If you’re convinced that adding a roof to your patio is the best option for your family, there are a few factors you should consider to ensure the process runs smoothly: 

Check local codes.

If your patio base is a concrete slab, you may need to verify that your concrete can bear the weight of an overhead. Depending on your specific dimensions, local codes may not allow you to add a roof without first upgrading your patio foundation. 

Determine whether you want a fully- or partially-covered patio.

Depending on how you want to enjoy your patio and your primary goals for the roof, you may want to completely cover your patio. Conversely, you may want to go with a partial covering that allows some of the elements to invade your patio. We’ve seen patios covered with everything from metal, wooden beams, and a trellis to wood slats and laser-etched metal. You have many different options today depending on your style, taste and preferences. 

Make sure it’ll hold up to the elements.

Whatever you choose, be sure to consult with a trusted roofer to ensure that your new patio roof is strong enough to withstand high winds and other severe weather we see here in Columbia. When properly designed and installed, your patio roof should protect your family and provide years of safe, fun adventures in your yard.

The right patio roof will transform your yard.

If you’d like to get more from your patio but aren’t sure where to start, give us a call. We’ll help you determine the best option for your home, family, and lifestyle, and can help you with your project from start to finish. 


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Derek Joye has been roofing homes and businesses in the Midlands for over 10 years.