How Much Does a Patio Cover Cost?

Patios offer homeowners an extension of their home into an outdoor living space. Adding a cover to your patio creates a relaxing escape without experiencing the elements. The first question homeowners ask when considering a patio cover is, “how much does it cost?” The materials, size, design features, and labor are the most significant factors that influence the cost of a covered patio.

Types of Patio Covers


A pergola consists of columns that support a roofing grid of beams and rafters that can be left open or covered to offer a sheltered outdoor area. Pergolas are typically made from wood, vinyl, or aluminum. Wood pergolas offer entry-level shade but can become a complex project. While vinyl pergolas are very low-maintenance, there are often limited design choices. On the other hand, aluminum pergolas are incredibly cost-effective and allow for customization with electrical work and moveable louvers. A typical pergola can cost anywhere from $8,000-12,000.

Shed Roof

A shed roof features a single slope that is usually attached to a wall or an extension of your home’s roof. Shed roofs are not typically compatible with two-story homes due to the lack of room on the lower portion of the structure. However, shed roofs are a great way to cover a patio on your single-story home. Shed roofs are cost-effective but are limited in size, generally less than 12’ away from the house.

Gable Roof

A gable roof has two slopes, like an inverted “V.” These roofs are incredibly versatile and can cover large and small spaces. There are several aesthetically pleasing design options when it comes to gable roofs. For example, the ceiling can be sloped (cathedral) or flat. Gable roof patio covers can be nearly any size but are typically 16’x16’.

Hip Roof

A hip roof is a design where all roof sides slope down towards the walls, unlike a gable roof where only two sides slope down towards the walls. In addition, a hip roof offers similar versatility to a gable roof. However, a hip roof is the most robust roof cover option available. A hip roof can be more costly due to the materials and labor.

Patio Covers have many benefits

Adding a patio cover to your home has various benefits. While a patio cover ties into your home’s exterior, it creates an extension of the comfort inside your home to an outdoor space. This inviting space provides the perfect place to host gatherings at your home. Patio covers also protect your outdoor living space from the elements. You even have the potential to add screens to help further lower your utility bills.

Many variables affect the price of patio covers

Several factors can affect the price of your patio cover. However, size is the most significant cost factor for building a patio cover because a larger one will use more materials and require more labor. The style of patio cover you choose can also influence the cost of this project. In addition, choosing between wood, aluminum, and acrylic materials for your patio cover will also affect the price. Typically, contractors select materials to match the house, so this project could be more costly if your home has expensive shingles. Finally, additional items can help improve the function or aesthetic of your patio cover. 

Common add-ons include:

  • Lights
  • Fans
  • Heaters
  • Electrical work (like outlets)
  • TV mounts
  • Soffit
  • Skylights

Are you ready to build your patio cover?

If you are ready to enjoy your outdoor living space all year long, you should consider building a patio cover. Forsman’s Finest is Omaha’s trusted deck expert if you’re looking for a professional contractor. We could love to work with you to guide you with your outdoor living project. A new deck or patio cover gives you the freedom to enjoy the fresh air, expand your entertainment opportunities, and increase your usable liveable space all year long! Contact Forsman’s Finest today!