Comparing Aluminum and wood patio covers is like comparing apples to oranges. For starters, both materials couldn’t be further apart when it comes to specific, individual differences. That said, when the dust settles, however, it all boils down to longevity which is the one quality that really sets them both apart. Most people who choose one type of pergola over another that have to at some point consider how long the pergola cover will last. Beauty on the other hand is subjective from person to person so really, it’s hard to debate that. What is debatable, however, are all the individual qualities which set them both apart and makes them so different
Comparatively speaking, wood patio covers are some of the most costly of all patio cover materials except of course, those which are made from solid steel or structural aluminum. On the other hand, Alumawood Aluminum Patio Covers can in many cases end up costing a little more than half the price of wood. By the same token, however, when we’re talking price, we really need to compare apples to apples right? What do I mean by this? Allow me to explain…
In this comparison let’s take a 10’L x 10’W x 8’H lattice or Pergola style patio cover, attached to the home as our example. It’s important to realize that there are just too many variables to compare roofed patio covers, so we won’t be making that comparison. Some of the roofing variables include such things as roofing types and materials. You see it’s difficult to compare a concrete, copper or slate roof to an alumawood foam insulated roof covering. Besides, the costs between roofing like copper, is far greater than the aluminum roofing. Likewise, because roofing a wood cover with heavy weight concrete tile requires structural reinforcing on multiple levels, it’s again, difficult to compare to aluminum.
Understand that patio cover pricing fluctuates greatly depending on a multiple different factors. Of course for simplicity, we’ll just focus on the average out-the-door price for pergola covers here in Los Angeles. How did we reach an average “out-the-door-price”? In 2017, we collected patio cover pricing from over 50 different contractors who claim to predominately built just patio covers and pergolas, all within different areas around the greater Los Angeles area.
Factoring in the installation method, material cost, overhead and markup, let’s see where the 10′ x 10′ x 8′ lattice or Pergola style patio cover came in price-wise… Rounding to the nearest hundreds, we found that the averaged, wooden lattice patio cover can cost as little as $2,500 to as much as $7,000 installed, complete with paint. Regardless of whether we priced larger lumber, smaller lumber, paint or stain, the difference in price was negligible at best between these Los Angeles patio cover contractors.
Just as we called a bunch of Los Angeles patio cover contractors for our wood pergola comparison, likewise, we called some contractors who build aluminum patio covers. Oddly enough, the price difference between the Alumawood or aluminum pergola patio cover contractors around Los Angeles area was much wider than wood. Our averaged, Aluminum lattice pergola patio covers can cost as low as $1,800 to as much as $7,500.
All things considered, both of these materials are great products and make excellent patio cover systems. What it really comes down to is personal preference driven by needs such as durability, longevity and the ease of maintenance which Alumawood Aluminum Patio Covers provides. We build all types of patio covers and from just about every material imaginable. One thing is for sure, the sun will never stop shining and we will always sweat. So the need to hide ourselves from the element is almost a necessity for many.