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Roof for your Patio? Choosing Between Glass and Aluminum Patio Covers


If your patio space is exposed to the elements, you may benefit from a patio cover from Modern. Barbecue for all twelve months of the year, host gatherings without worrying about the weather and enjoy your deck or patio every single day with no worries about scorched feet or wasted outdoor space. Our glass or aluminum patio covers are backed by a solid 20-year warranty, installed by trained professionals and designed for many happy years of outdoor enjoyment.  Ready to expand your living space to the outdoors? Read on to find out which type of patio cover is best for you.

Glass Patio Covers

If you love the idea of a sunroom, but don't like the thought of being completely closed in, a glass patio cover could be the perfect solution to get that open-air feeling. Glass covers absorb and reflect sunlight while still maintaining a comfortable temperature, so they're the best of both worlds. With a glass patio cover, you can enjoy unrestricted views for watching the clouds float by or the stars twinkling at night. 

The streamlined look of glass patio covers blend beautifully with just about any home from modern to rustic and especially complements homes with oversized windows and glass railings. Made from sturdy 6mm safety glass, you can enjoy your outdoor living area with complete confidence knowing that your patio cover will stand up to even the harshest weather conditions.

Features of Glass Patio Covers

  • 6mm safety glass in your choice of clear or obscure (including “reflective glass” which assists with reflective light and heat)

  • Hidden Rain Away gutter ties into existing drainage system

  • Black, white, or custom paint

  • Fascia, under soffit, or roof mount

  • Larger beams and post combinations for larger covers

  • Modern, streamlined look

Aluminum Patio Covers

From AAA Aluminum Products, our metal patio covers are a classic choice and are ideal for providing refreshing shade on even the hottest summer days. If lack of light is a concern, our heavy-gauge aluminum covers can be integrated with skylights to let more natural light shine through. Available in black, white, or custom colours to perfectly match your home's exterior, aluminum patio covers from Modern are a great lower-cost option and can be designed with insulated foam core roof panels and walls for a true multi-season solution.

Features of Aluminum Patio Covers

  • Black, white, or custom colour framework

  • Integrate skylights to add more light

  • Hidden Rain Away gutter ties into existing drainage

  • Insulated roof and wall panel options

  • Fascia, under soffit, or roof mount

  • Larger beams and post combinations for larger areas

Whichever option appeals to you most-- clear or obscure glass, aluminum, aluminum with skylights or aluminum with walls and insulation, there's an option perfect for your home. Patio covers aren't just limited to patios and decks either. 

You can have a metal or glass cover installed anywhere that extra shade or shelter is needed, from small walkways to carports or over patio doors to decrease the internal temperature of your home. Have a look at some frequently asked questions to help get you started.

The Benefits of a Glass or Aluminum Patio Cover

Added Value to your Home and Reduced Energy Costs

Comfortable outdoor living spaces are very popular for homeowners and prospective buyers, adding a higher resale value and increasing the overall square footage of your home. A patio cover will also lower energy costs by reducing interior heat on sunny days, and retaining heat on cooler days. It will also help to reduce glare and harsh sunlight from ruining your view and fading your furnishings and decor.

Unlike cheaper one-size-fits-all options like the pergolas or canopies found in big box stores, a patio cover from Modern is custom-made to your specifications from high-quality materials. Our aluminum and glass patio covers are made to last and will withstand even the toughest BC weather, so you can enjoy year-round outdoor living without the worry of getting too hot or being rained out.

A Great Outdoor Living Space

Securely fastened to your home, a strong and stylish patio cover makes an excellent addition to your outdoor living space. They provide shade from harsh sun and shelter from rain and snow. They even prevent debris like pine cones and leaves from gathering and creating an unsightly mess, reducing the amount of time needed to spend maintaining your patio space.

With a patio cover, you can create a trendy outdoor living room without having to worry about your furnishings and accessories becoming damaged or weather-worn. The cover and protection provided by a glass or aluminum patio cover will give your outdoor decor a much longer lifespan. It will also eliminate the need to rush around packing away cushions and other decor items when the weather changes. Go ahead, bring out your laptop to catch up on emails, or just get cozy on a warm afternoon with a good book.

An Extended Growing Season

Extend your growing season with a covered patio that will provide protection from harsh sunlight and surprise rainstorms. If you're a gardener, you know that plants in greenhouses are protected from the weather and typically grow faster and stronger. A patio cover works in the same way since the moderate temperatures and filtered sunlight provided by a glass or aluminum cover will help your plants grow and thrive letting you enjoy longer-lasting blooms and more productive herb and vegetable plants.

Custom Features Available for Glass and Metal Patio Covers

When your outdoor space is designed around exactly what you need, you'll want to use it every day. These custom features will turn your patio space into a true oasis during even the hottest summer days or heavy West Coast rainstorms. 

  • Custom sizing

  • UV Protection

  • Stationary or retractable covers

  • Skylights

  • Choose from obscure (opaque) glass for added privacy or clear glass for the best views

  • Choose from black, white, or custom colours

  • Choose from fascia, under soffit, or roof-mounted installation

Say goodbye to cancelled parties and ruined deck furniture and say hello to a great outdoor living space to enjoy year-round. We're experts in creating custom solutions to fit any sized patio space and any type of home with a number of convenient Vancouver Island and lower mainland locations.  Our team of specialists at Modern will be happy to help you discover the ideal solution for your home, whether it's aluminum, glass, or a hybrid of both. Contact us today to get started adding a roof to your patio.


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