Southeast Texas has a warm climate. Although it can be uncomfortably hot and muggy in the summertime, the rest of the year is fair game for outdoor activities.

Of course, it’s best to equip the outdoor areas near your home with shade. The Texas sun can be blistering — even in the spring and fall — and prolonged periods of exposure to it can be bad for your health.

Luckily, there are several stylish additions to your home’s outdoor space that can keep the fresh air in your lungs and the sun’s rays away from your head. Two of the most popular additions are patio covers and pergolas. But which one should you choose for your home? Here’s a look at each.

Patio Covers

Patio covers are essentially solid roofs that hang over your patio. They’re generally anchored by posts, although the exterior of a home can attach to one end of a patio cover as well.

There are some obvious benefits to having a patio cover. A solid roof can protect you and your outdoor furniture from rain and other elements, and the areas underneath patio covers can be as much as 10 degrees cooler than surrounding sun baked portions of your property.

Patio covers can also help keep your energy bills low by shading more of your home. Windows next to a patio cover are blocked from most direct sunlight. This means that less solar energy is cooking your home, and your climate control system won’t have to work as hard to keep the home cool.

With all these benefits — not to mention many stylish options to choose from — it should come as no surprise that […]