Arbors, patio covers, and screened-in porches

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Updated: 4/13/2007 7:48 am
Arbors, patio covers, and screened-in porches provide options for people who enjoy the outdoors but wish to limit their exposure to the sun, insect bites, and other elements. Such constructions can be built or added to existing decks or patios. An arbor is a trellis-like structure that can be built over a deck or patio to provide partial shade. It provides a good location for growing vines that provide additional shade or to hang plants. A patio cover over a deck or patio offers protection from the sun and rain. The cover is usually constructed of a framework supported by posts. It can be designed to match or complement the roofline of your home. With a patio cover you can grill, dine, and enjoy the outdoors in spite of rain or intense sunlight. If you have an existing deck, porch, patio, or arbor, you can easily convert it to a screened-in porch. A screened-in area adds the benefit of preventing insects from entering your porch or patio area while allowing the outdoor air to circulate throughout the area. Arbors, patio covers, and screened-in porches can add beauty to and possibly increase the resale value of your home.

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