Beat the Heat in St. Louis with a Patio Cover from Barker & Son – Design/Construction

Did you know that patio covers can reduce the temperature on your patio by 15 to 20 degrees? If you need some relief from the summer heat in St. Louis, patio covers and deck covers offer a nice refuge from the sun.

Picture yourself enjoying your back deck with your family on a breezy summer afternoon, completely shielded from the glaring sun by a well-designed patio cover from Barker & Son – Design/Construction. And when it rains? No worries. Your patio cover will keep your backyard get-together cool and dry.

Planning for Your Patio Cover

Unlike a gazebo or pavilion, most patio covers are attached to the home. Therefore, the first thing we need to determine when planning for your patio cover is whether the design of your home allows for an attached patio cover or deck cover. Some important home elements that must be taken into consideration are bay windows, rooflines, and other design features that might interfere with the placement of your patio cover. We also want to make sure to follow all St. Louis city and county codes and regulations, as well as the guidelines of your Home Owners’ Association.

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Budget-Friendly St. Louis Patio Covers

Another important consideration when planning for a patio cover or deck cover is your budget. At Barker & Son – Design/Construction, we will work with you to ensure your patio cover project stays within budget. We are known for providing high quality patio covers for low prices in the St. Louis area.. We install more patio covers than anyone around, and we don’t skimp on craftsmanship or quality materials to do it. If you’re in need of additional shade solutions, we also specialize in awnings, canopies, sunrooms, and screen patios.

“Barker and Son did a great job on our patio cover, and we were so thankful; now we can sit out on our patio and really enjoy the backyard and cook to death!” Bonnie and George C., Eureka, MO

Important questions to consider when planning for your patio cover or deck cover:

  1. Will the patio cover be stand-alone or attached to our house?
  2. Do we want to cover a patio or a deck?
  3. Given the design and layout of our house, can a patio cover be attached to it?
  4. What will a patio cover cost? Is it affordable?
  5. Will the St. Louis city codes and my HOA guidelines allow me build a patio cover like this?

Designing Your Patio Cover – Trust the Design Team at Barker & Son

At Barker & Son – Design/Construction, our goal is to help you create an outdoor space that fits your practical needs, as well as your unique style. Are you drawn to the Greek Parthenon design, with thick white columns? Or do you want a more rustic look to your patio cover, with cedar beams and rafters? Whatever your style, we build well-designed patio covers to meet your needs. We can even add in other amenities, such as ceiling fans, electric outlets, and extra patio space.

Your patio cover should also fit with the architectural style of the rest of your house. Our typical patio cover design uses the same shingles, siding, and colors as the house itself. The base model features no-maintenance vinyl posts, no-maintenance white soffit ceiling, and shingles and siding to match. To seamlessly integrate your patio cover with the rest of your home, our expert design team will determine what type of roofline will look best on the patio cover. Typical design styles include hip roofs, gable roofs, and shed-type roofs.

How much space do I need? Most families like to keep their outdoor kitchen, grill, table, and chairs out of the elements and under the patio cover. The best approach to determining how large your patio cover needs to be is to arrange all the furniture to your liking, measure the entire area, and presto! That’s how large your patio cover has to be.

Patio Cover – Value Points

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A. “No maintenance” aluminum support columns (cedar or vinyl option)
B. “No maintenance” white vinyl ceiling
C. “No maintenance” fascia covered beams and gutter boards.
D. Large 5” gutters for water dispersion
E. Fascia wrapped beams and column ends for “upscale” look and feel.
F. Hurricane straps and ties built in to ensure structural integrity in high winds.
G. Shingles and siding to match the home.

St. Louis Patio Cover Design and Installation by Barker & Son – Your Design Experts

At Barker & Son – Design/Construction, our patio cover design team is second to none. Attached and freestanding structures require an extra level of skill beyond just deck building. Wind shear and snow loads must be calculated, and city codes must be followed. Therefore, you must hire a reputable St. Louis patio cover company that has the structural and framing experience to get the job done right.

Our experienced design team will create a plan specifically tailored for your home and will answer all your planning, budgeting, and design questions. Rest assured that all of our work is fully insured, and our installation teams are trained and certified in patio cover design and installation.

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