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Maybe your deck or patio is just what you desired, a soothing and carefree place where you can relax, dine al fresco and entertain friends. Maybe you’ve had this outdoor living space for a few years or a few months. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted in a deck or patio, but … it could be better!

When it’s scorching hot on your deck in summer, do you wish for a bit of shade? When the air outside is still, do you wish for a fan? When you plan an outdoor party on the patio and you’re hit with a downpour, do you wish for a covered porch?

Wooden deck and patio combination

Don’t feel bad about wanting more. Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio believes if your outdoor living space doesn’t fill all of your needs, you’ll never be satisfied until it does. Lucky for you, we have two solutions you will love, and the cost is not prohibitive.

In addition to being the Dayton and Cincinnati area’s premier deck, porch and patio builder, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is also your local distributor and authorized installer for Lumon Natural Light Patio Covers as well as Equinox Louvered Roof pergolas. Both systems are attractive and unobtrusive. Either of these systems will solve your issues of sun/shade and rain, and either one can be added to your patio or deck without a lot of fuss and bother for you, the homeowner. Let us help you decide which one would be right for your home.

Lumon Natural Light Patio Cover

Lumen patio cover

The Lumon Natural Light Patio Cover is amazing, and we highly recommend it. With a patio cover, you never have to worry again about being driven indoors by the scorching sun or soaking rain. This patio cover is made with sheets of acrylic polymer, not plastic. It will not turn yellow or become brittle. And although Lumon Natural Light Patio Covers block up to 75% of the sun’s heat, they still let in the natural light, as their name suggests!

Lumen patio cover

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio can attach one of these patio covers to your home’s brick, siding, stucco wall or fascia — using rooftop attachments if needed. We can also erect a free-standing patio cover to shelter your hot tub, pool, boat, RV or vehicles. While the basic patio cover is flat, there is also a cathedral design available, bringing additional height to your outdoor living space. Lumon Natural Light Patio Covers come in a wide range of sizes, and the shatter-resistant acrylic sheets are backed by a 10-year hail warranty as well as a 30-year non-yellowing warranty.

Equinox Louvered Roof Pergola

Pouvered roof pergola

The Equinox Louvered Roof Pergola is also amazing, and we highly recommend it. The louvered roof features motorized overhead slats with a 160-degree range of motion. You adjust the louvers depending on whether you want sun or shade, a little more sun or a little more shade. As the sun moves, you can continue to adjust the louvers easily with a remote control. No need to get up! And if it rains, no problem; you are covered. Just use the remote control to close the louvered roof completely. The systems runs off of a solar-powered battery pack, so it will not increase your energy bills.

Pergola with louvered roof

Made of extruded aluminum, the Equinox Louvered Roof is durable and comes with a 10-year limited warranty. It conforms to nearly all wind and snow load requirements. This louvered roof system features an integrated, hidden gutter system that manages rainwater runoff, keeping you and your outdoor furniture dry and comfortable. It comes in your choice of three colors — white, sandstone and clay — but we can apply virtually any finish to the frame to match, coordinate with or contrast the color of your home. Also, Equinox offers several column styles including round, tapered, square and fluted columns.

As you may have realized, the Equinox Louvered Roof offers the advantages of a pergola, when you want a pergola, and a porch, when you want a solid roof cover. With the louvers open, you even have enough ventilation for grilling. The company offers several optional upgrades: radiant heat, fans and lighting. Radiant heat uses invisible electromagnetic infrared waves to heat objects in its path, rather than heating the air, so it’s a great option for enjoying an outdoor setting during cooler weather.

Natural light patio cover

Both the Lumon Natural Light Patio Cover and the Equinox Louvered Roof Pergola can add versatility to your outdoor living space. With either one of these systems, we can virtually turn your deck or patio into a covered porch. Either one can protect your outdoor furniture from the elements and lower your home’s energy costs.

Here’s some more good news: If you don’t already have a deck or patio, we can design a new outdoor living space to incorporate either the Natural Light Patio Cover or the Equinox Louvered Roof Pergola in your initial building plan. Why wait?

We have installed both of these systems for clients and received only good feedback about them. How will you choose? To learn more about which system we may recommend for your home, contact us today at (937) 563-4847. You can also email us at

Tim Stephens of Archadeck
Roger Miller, Owner, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio