Covered Decks

Covered Decks

Covered decks are more than just extensions of your home; they are cozy sanctuaries that blend the comforts of indoor living with the beauty of the outdoors. Each covered deck we design at Barrett Outdoors is a haven from the elements, offering protection, security, and a seamless connection with nature.

As a raised platform attached to your house and equipped with a protective roof, a Barrett Outdoors covered deck extends your living space, merging indoor and outdoor environments effortlessly. It becomes a cherished gathering spot, enhancing social connections and providing a versatile setting for dining, entertaining, or simply unwinding with family and friends.

Types of Shade Structures

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There are several types of shade structures, each catering to different stylistic preferences and functional needs. Here’s an overview of the common types:

Attached Pavilions

Pavilions are typically characterized by a solid shingled roof with a finished ceiling that is either flat or vaulted and wood or vinyl. Attached pavilions are a popular choice for integrating the deck with the home’s existing structure. This type of cover provides protection from rain, sun, and other elements. Attached pavilions are particularly suitable for those who prefer a unified look with the home.

Freestanding Gazebos and Pavilions

Freestanding gazebos and pavilions offer flexible placement and distinctive architectural styles for deck coverage. Gazebos often feature an octagonal roof, are smaller, and provide a decorative focal point. Both freestanding pavilions and gazebos can be placed independently from the home, allowing for creative placement on the deck, and are perfect for creating an inviting outdoor retreat.

Louvered Roofs

Photo of motorized louvered roof on pergola

Modern louvered pergolas feature adjustable louvers and are often equipped with mechanisms to adjust the louvers automatically. Constructed from powder-coated aluminum, these pergolas offer durability and a more contemporary look, fitting well with modern architectural styles. When closed, they can provide a nearly waterproof area. These roofs are ideal for allowing natural light in when desired into the deck space and into the windows of the home. These roofs also offer the option of adding screens, lights, and fans to allow customization of the space.

Photo of louvered pergola roof

Open Pergolas

Traditional open pergolas are characterized by their simple yet elegant structure, typically consisting of an open framework topped with cross rafters or lattice. These structures are often made from pvc or fiberglass. Traditional pergolas do not block out the rain or sun.

Design Elements for Covered Decks

Designing a covered, custom deck involves thoughtful integration of various elements that enhance functionality while improving aesthetic appeal. Here are key design features to consider:

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  • Modern or Traditional
  • Fixed Ceiling or Louvered Roof
  • Column style and Gable Design
  • Ceiling Style and Material
  • Recessed and Sconce Lighting
  • Fans, Heaters, Gas Fireplaces, Mounted TV, Insect and Privacy Screens, Custom Bar Seating

Each part of your shade structure can be personalized to your taste and for functional use. Some examples include: Lighting can extend the usability of your covered deck into the evening. A fireplace and installed heaters create a warm, inviting focal point, making the deck enjoyable in cooler months. And screens extend the use of the space to different seasons and times of day.

Let Barrett Outdoors Design Your Perfect Covered Deck

When considering covered deck designs to improve your home’s outdoor experience, consider factors such as the level of weather protection needed, the intended use of the deck, aesthetic preferences, and budget.

When you are ready to explore a covered deck, contact our award-winning team to schedule a consultation to make your dream a reality.

Covered Decks FAQs

Popular materials for shade structures on your deck iinclude wood-framing with pvc column and beam wraps and powder-coated aluminum. A complete wood structure offers a traditional look but requires staining and regular maintenance. PVC and powder-coated aluminum provide durability and lower maintenance but at a higher initial cost.
Covered decks offer extended living space that is shielded from the elements, allowing for year-round enjoyment. They add aesthetic appeal to your home and can increase property value. Additionally, covered decks provide a perfect area for outdoor dining, relaxing, or entertaining regardless of weather conditions.
For a 100% wood structure, periodic staining or sealing is required to protect against moisture and wear. PVC wrapped columns and beams, powder-coated aluminum, and fiberglass shade structures require less maintenance. Periodic clearing with a nonabrasive cleaner is recommended to maintain their appearance.