A solid cover provides you and the structure more protection from the rain and sun. The solid ceiling helps with area heat retention when it is chilly and a place for a fan to work safely to cool you during warmer days. This allows you to use the new space more often—and much longer—than an open arbor. The bottom line is that while a solid cover will cost more than an arbor, it is a much better value and more useful than an arbor.
Posted with permission from Mike Medford. Originally published at http://askmikeabouthomeremodeling.com/2013/04/03/dont-waste-your-money-on-an-arbor-go-with-a-solid-patio-cover/. See more of Mike’s blogs at http://www.mikemedford.com/.