Are aluminum patio covers noisy or loud when it rains?
Interestingly enough… one of the most common questions we hear regarding the Alumawood aluminum patio covers is whether or not it’s loud or noisy when it rains. The short answer is yes. Alumawood patio covers are noisy and loud when it rains.
Alumawood patio covers noisy or loud
One would have to expect hollow aluminum to project some type of noise when rain is falling onto it. Of course, the level of noise or loudness these aluminum patio covers emit is really somewhat subjective. Of course, what’s loud or noisy to me may not be noisy or loud to you.. right? Funny thing is, I’ve never really thought about Alumawood patio covers or whether not it’s loud or noisy when it rains until I actually decided to have one installed at my own house. More specifically, directly outside of my bedroom.
The Alumawood product comes in three different versions
- Lattice or shade bar patio cover
- Non-insulated patio cover
- Insulated patio cover
Although all three of these versions of aluminum patio covers are aluminum, they all have different shapes or qualities that may make the aluminum patio covers noisy or loud. Take the lattice for example. For the most part, this patio cover is more or less 100% hollow. Furthermore, the hollow pieces are on the tops and sides which make these aluminum patio covers noisy or loud. In other words, there is nothing to dampen the sound of these hollow pieces.
Next, we have the non-insulated Alumawood-covered patio cover. Instead of this patio cover being made of hollow members on the top, it’s made of flat aluminum. Personally, I feel it’s this flat sheet of aluminum sheet metal that contributes to this aluminum patio covers noisy-ness or loudness. Compared to the Alumawood lattice patio cover, it’s more of an open design and not a “boxed-in” design. I’m sure this flatness helps with whether or not this aluminum patio covers noisy or loud.
Lastly, we have the Alumawood insulated patio cover system. Considered the flagship of all aluminum patio covers. Boasting a solid 3″ thick slab of foam sandwiched between to pieces of aluminum. So are these aluminum patio covers noisy or loud? The short answer is no. Well, not really. One must consider the fact that there are still members of this patio cover which are hollow. Pieces such as the beam or posts. That said, when compared to the other Alumawood patio covers, it’s by far the least noisy patio cover when it rain. If at all.
Some people actually enjoy the noise hitting a patio cover when it rainsI for one enjoy the sound of the rain hitting my aluminum patio cover. Just outside my bedroom, I installed an Alumawood lattice patio cover. The noisiest of all aluminum patio covers when it rains. Does it bother me? On the contrary, it makes sleeping in soooo much better. The sound that rain emits when hitting the aluminum patio cover shade bars is a symphony of tiny little dings and thugs. What’s better than hearing rain hitting my aluminum patio cover and sending me into a deeper slumber? The fact that it means I have the day off. 🙂
The Pros And Cons Of An Aluminum Patio Cover
Traditionally I like to write about the pros and cons of Alumawood aluminum patio covers. I think it really helps my customers with deciding which of the patio covers works best for their home.
PROS of Alumawood aluminum patio coversRegardless of which patio cover you decide to buy, the Alumawood lineup is by far so much better than wood patio covers. That is, in my opinion. Reasons why I say this? Well, here are a few.
- Alumawood never requires paint as wood patio covers do
- The Alumawood aluminum patio cover will never rot or deteriorate as wood does
- Termites cannot eat aluminum patio covers but they can feast on wood patio covers
- You’ll never have to spend another weekend painting aluminum like with wood
- For the most part… Alumawood patio covers install within a day or so compared to a week with wood
- Alumawood patio covers cost less than wood patio covers
As you can see by this list. The Alumawood aluminum patio covers are more or less a set-it and forget-it type system.
You cant have pros without the cons am I right?
CONS of Alumawood aluminum patio coversWell, I’m not a biased person by any means. However, I must admit it’s difficult for me to find any flaws with the aluminum patio covers especially when compared to wood. That said, in all fairness, I must try. So here goes…
- Appearance-wise… the Alumawood patio covers look and appear to be fake wood
- Alumawood have plastic caps which make them look like a kit as opposed to real wood
- The Alumawood aluminum patio cover is easily damaged. Denting or damaging the aluminum is always an issue with the Alumawood patio covers as opposed to wood
- Aluminum patio covers noisy or loud when it rains
Even with all these pros and especially the cons listed, I personally feel the Alumawood aluminum patio covers are still a great deal. Truly a bargain when compared to wood. Moreover, the Alumawood aluminum patio covers will never have to be painted and will never deteriorate. An added bonus in my book.