The Different Types of Outdoor Living Structures

sunroom-contractors-santee-ca-300x234There’s a certain type of luxury that outdoor living structures provide. After all, what homeowner doesn’t want to be able to walk outside and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature whenever they like? It can make you feel like you’re taking a vacation, even though you’ve only walked a few steps away from your home. Plus, the options for how you can enjoy your outdoor living area are endless. If you’re thinking about adding one of these structures to your home, consider the different types of available:


A sunroom is essentially a room addition that has more windows than your average room, and a solid, foam-insulated panel roof that is similar to that of a mobile home. These glass enclosed spaces are filled with natural light and provide expansive views that allow you to connect with the outdoors without contending with bugs, rain, wind, harsh UV rays, and other tough elements. These structures are typically attached to the house and accessible from the indoors, functioning as an additional living area that you can use for relaxing, work, crafting, exercise, and anything else you like.

It is important to note that there are two main types of sunrooms. One is a four-season (or all-season) room, which is designed to be heated and cooled and can therefore be used year-round. The other is a three-season room, which doesn’t have a heating and cooling system and can only be used when the weather is milder. Consider your budget and preferences when deciding between these two types of sunrooms.

Screen Rooms

If you want a more budget-friendly outdoor living option, a screen room is ideal. Unlike a sunroom that is enclosed in glass, screen rooms have mesh-screen windows or walls, which offer the advantage of fresh air without the insects. Of course, because of the mesh screen, these rooms are only inhabitable when the weather is more agreeable.


A pergola is an open-air structure that consists of columns that support a roofing grid of beams and rafters. Pergolas can be attached to the house or freestanding, and they provide an excellent place to sit underneath and enjoy partial shade. You can even opt for an operable pergola, which will allow you to close the roofing grid completely for total shade with just the touch of a button.


Even though the words pergola and arbor are sometimes used interchangeably, arbors are much smaller than pergolas and are often placed on garden paths, walkways, and entrances. They are typically adorned with climbing vines and are mostly used for decoration, since they don’t provide much shelter or shade.

Solid Patio Covers

Solid patio covers are essentially a roof that provides outdoor shade and shelter. They are one of the most basic and affordable outdoor living structures, yet they are incredibly versatile and can be used for hosting parties, enjoying family meals outside, or simply enjoying a cup of coffee in the shade.

At Pacific Patio, we are proud to offer all of these outdoor living structures and more. Crafted by industry-leading manufacturer TEMO, these products are incredibly durable, low maintenance, stylish, and customizable. Contact us today to learn more about our top-of-the-line selection so that you can start having it made in the shade.

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