7 tips to maintain your patio enclosure and make it last!

21 May 2023

Having a patio cover at home is a real asset when it comes to enjoying the outdoors in all seasons. However, to guarantee its durability and preserve its aesthetic appeal, regular maintenance is essential. In this article, we’ll give you 7 tips on how to maintain your patio cover and make it last.

Why maintain your patio cover?

Maintaining your patio cover is essential for a number of reasons. This preserves the quality of the materials, ensuring better resistance to weather and time. Secondly, it helps prevent problems such as water infiltration, mold and rust. A well-maintained shelter is also more pleasant to use and helps to enhance your exterior.

Tip 1: Clean surfaces regularly

Regular cleaning of your veranda or pergola is essential to prevent dirt build-up and moisture-related problems. Use a soft cloth and soapy water to clean the windows and walls, and don’t forget to remove any dead leaves and debris that may accumulate on the roof.

Tip 2: Treat the materials

To guarantee the durability of your patio cover, it’s important to treat the various materials it’s made of. For example, apply a stain or varnish to wooden parts to protect them from weather and insects. For aluminum or steel parts, use specific products to prevent corrosion.

Tip 3: Inspect the shelter for problems

It’s important to regularly check the general condition of your pergola or veranda to detect any problems such as cracks, water ingress or deformation. Don’t hesitate to call in a professional if you notice any major problems.

Tip 4: Check your pergola for leaks

Waterproofing is a key element in ensuring the longevity of your patio cover. Regularly check joints and fittings for water leaks. If you notice any problems, don’t hesitate to replace faulty joints or apply a sealing compound.

Tip 5: Check ventilation

Good ventilation is essential to prevent condensation and mould formation inside the building. Make sure that openings and vents are sufficient and unobstructed, and don’t hesitate to install a mechanical ventilation system if necessary.

Tip 6: Maintain moving parts

The moving parts of your patio enclosure (retractable or not), such as doors and windows, need to be maintained regularly to ensure their smooth operation. Lubricate hinges, rails and rollers with a suitable product, and check the condition of locks and handles.

Tip 7: Protect your shelter in winter

In winter, it’s important to protect your structure from the elements and the cold. Install protective tarpaulins to cover glazed areas, and remember to clear snow from the roof regularly to prevent overloading. If your shelter is equipped with a patio heating system, check that it’s working properly and that it’s well insulated.


Maintaining your patio cover is essential to guarantee its durability and preserve its aesthetic appeal. By following these 7 tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor space to the full whatever the season, and avoid problems associated with wear and weather. Don’t forget that regular maintenance is the key to making your patio cover last!

To find out more about maintaining your Verandair enclosure, visit our dedicated page.

How often should I clean my patio cover?

We recommend cleaning your patio enclosure at least twice a year, ideally in spring and autumn. However, depending on the exposure of your enclosure and weather conditions, more frequent cleaning may be necessary.

How do I treat the wooden parts of my deck enclosure?

Apply a specific woodstain or varnish every 2 to 3 years, following the manufacturer’s recommendations. This will protect the wood from weathering and insects.

Should I call in a professional to maintain my patio cover?

If you’re comfortable with manual labor, you can maintain your patio enclosure yourself. However, for some more complex problems, or for a more in-depth discussion, it may be advisable to call in a professional.

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