Posted July 7th, 2014 by : Bill Bunch
With the summer heat beating down onto backyards, more people are choosing patio covers in Houston to protect them from not only the rain but also the harsh UV light from the sun. A cover over the patio can decrease the temperature underneath drastically as well as protect people from the outdoor elements. People can enjoy conversations and cooking on their outdoor kitchens while entertaining guests. Yet the one problem when covering a patio with an outdoor kitchen is supplying the right amount of ventilation.
Most people automatically think about safety measures when building an outdoor kitchen on their patio. They will ensure patio furniture is away from the grill and propane tanks so nothing catches on fire. They may also place driveway pavers on the surface of the patio to provide a sturdy and slip-resistant surface as they can easily clean up messes.
Unfortunately, they sometimes forget that smoke and gas fumes will build up under fully enclosed spaces such as roofs or semi-enclosed spaces such as porticos and gazebos. In fact, some of the larger grills can create almost 100,000 Btus. The fumes and gas cannot properly be ventilated into the air by the wind as it becomes trapped under the roof and makes the patio uncomfortable to enjoy.
If you are considering patio covers in Houston, take into account the ventilation needs of your outdoor kitchen. Vents attached to the top of high patio roofs can disperse the fumes and smoke while also letting any built-up heat to escape. A person may also consider venting their grills with an outdoor ventilation hood.
Outdoor ventilation hoods are the same as the hoods you would find inside the kitchen in your home as you are cooking on the stove. The hoods capture the smoke and fumes from the grill as it safely pulls the fumes up the ductwork and outside the covered patio. Outdoor ventilation hoods are available as island and wall models as they are suitable for a grill that is a permanent fixture on the patio.
Prices for the hood itself can cost upwards to $3,000 based on the size and power of the ventilation system. You should also factor in the installation costs to determine the right hood based on your personal budget.
Choosing patio covers in Houston gives beauty and functionality to your outdoor spaces. Just don’t forget to factor in the ventilation if you are covering over an outdoor kitchen. Keep yourself and your guests safe and comfortable by ensuring you’ve talked with Wood Crafters in regards to adding the right ventilation up through the patio cover. We can advise you on your options and create the cover so you can cook up delicious meals without dealing with smoke or fumes. Enjoy your backyard every day as you will laugh and have fun with your family and guests.