The Puget Sound is a great place to live if you want the benefits of living in the city while still being able to experience nature.
One of the best ways to experience the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest in your own back yard is to build a patio cover. Patio covers are a great way to expand your functional living space into the outdoors while adding character and value to your home. They can provide you with a beautiful outdoor retreat that is protected from the elements.
While specific costs of building a patio cover can vary throughout the Greater Seattle area based on a number of factors, the expert builders at Timberline have put together a handy guide to help you understand what you need to consider when determining “how much is a patio cover?”.
The Main Factors That Influence Patio Cover Costs
The main factors that influence the cost of a patio cover are the materials cost, the cost of labor, and any unique design features.
According to HomeAdvisor, as of 2021 the cost range of patio covers was between $2,900 and $40,000, with $16,567 being the national average cost of a new patio cover. The total average cost per square foot was between $22 to $75. The cost of labor typically accounts for the majority of that price, with materials making up most of the remainder.
It’s important to note, however, that prices here in the Puget Sound area can vary quite a bit from the national average. Depending on your specific neighborhood, property landscape, and local permitting costs the cost can vary even more. In the Greater Seattle area the average cost per square foot for a patio cover was closer to $40 to $200 per square foot.
That’s why it’s best to get a consultation from a local, professional patio builder builder like Timberline, in order to get a more accurate estimate of your costs. We offer free in-home estimates on our projects so you can be clear about how much your patio cover will cost, without any hidden or unexpected costs.
Patio Cover Design
One of the main considerations when determining how much a patio cover will be is the design. Unless you’re using a kit, no two patio covers are alike, nor should they be.
Everyone has a unique vision for their outdoor living space. Whether that includes an outdoor kitchen for summer grilling, a firepit that can keep you warm on a brisk night, a TV to watch the game on, or even just a simple place to relax and enjoy nature, the purpose of your patio cover will affect its design.
From deciding whether your patio roof will have a lattice covering, a retractable cover, or a solid roof, to determining if you want an open concept patio, a patio enclosed with glass or screens, or a simple pergola, costs can vary substantially.
Don’t worry though, the experts at Timberline have you covered and can help you find the right patio cover design based on your needs, vision, and budget.
Types of Patio Covers
The second consideration when determining the cost of a new patio cover is the type of material that you would like to use. In the Greater Seattle area, there are a wide range of options for building a good quality patio cover, including vinyl, wood and aluminum.
Because each of these has a unique price point, the type of material you’d like to use to build your new patio cover can have a big effect on your budget.
Popular patio cover options available from Timberline are:
Vinyl Patio Covers
Wooden Patio Covers
Aluminum Patio Covers
The final thing to keep in mind when considering how much it costs to build a patio cover is the cost of labor.
As with most costs related to building a patio cover, the cost of hiring a contractor to professionally install your new cover can vary. Labor costs can also fluctuate depending on your location, landscape, and type of material that you select as some projects can be more intricate and work-intensive than others.
At Timberline, we promise to let you know what the cost of labor will be when we provide our estimate. We will base our labor cost on the intricacy of your project and will let you know upfront what you can expect to pay. That way there are no surprises when you get your final bill.
Add Ons & Accessories
In most cases, a patio cover is meant to turn a spot in your yard into a functional outdoor space. That means that you’ll probably be looking to accessorize, or add-on to your new patio cover to make it fit your vision. Common add-ons and accessories that could add to the cost of your new patio cover build include:
As an affiliate of USI Custom Outdoor living, Timberline is a part of an all-star lineup of companies that can build you any of the add-ons listed above, and more. If the team that builds your patio cover can’t do it, we have someone on hand who can.
Feel free to ask us during your free consultation about add-ons and accessories you might be interested in and we’ll help you determine how to incorporate these features into your budget.
Patio Cover Financing
To make the costs of building your new patio cover easier, home improvement loans are available from a number of sources. Patio cover financing gives you the freedom to make the investment in your home now, and pay for it when you are able.
At Timberline we work with reputable financial partners that can help you get the loan you need to make your dream deck a reality.