How to Choose the Right Alumawood Shade Structure for Your Outdoor Space


With lattice, solid panel, and insulated solid panel, how do you choose the right style for you?

When it comes to selecting an Alumawood structure for your outdoor space, one of the key decisions you’ll face is choosing between our lattice, solid panel, or insulated solid panel styles. Each option offers unique benefits and considerations, making it essential to understand the differences between them. Below, we’ll explore the characteristics and advantages of each of our Alumawood structure styles to help you make an informed decision that best suits your needs.

Lattice Alumawood Structures

Alumawood over a fenced in deck

Lattice Alumawood structures feature a crisscross pattern of aluminum strips, creating an open and airy design. They provide partial shade while allowing natural light to filter through, offering a balance between sun protection and a sense of openness. Lattice structures are ideal if you want to enjoy filtered sunlight, maintain a connection with the surrounding environment, and create an appealing visual aesthetic. Additionally, lattice designs allow for increased airflow, which can be beneficial in hot climates.




  • Provides partial shade and ventilation.
  • Allows natural light to filter through.
  • Creates an attractive and visually appealing outdoor space.
  • Offers a balance between shade and openness.


  • Does not provide complete shade or protection from rain.
  • Limited privacy compared to solid panel options.


Solid Panel Alumawood Structures

Corner of an Alumawood lattice

Solid panel Alumawood structures feature solid aluminum panels that provide full shade and protection from the elements. These structures are perfect for those seeking maximum privacy, shade, and shelter from rain or intense sunlight. Solid panels can be an excellent choice if you want to create a cozy outdoor living space, protect delicate furniture from sun damage, or shield yourself from inclement weather conditions. They offer a sense of enclosure and provide a more intimate atmosphere.




  • Provides complete shade and privacy.
  • Offers protection from rain, wind, and intense sunlight.
  • Creates a cozy and intimate outdoor space.
  • Helps safeguard outdoor furniture and equipment.


  • Blocks natural light and reduces airflow compared to lattice structures.
  • May create a more closed-off feeling in the outdoor area.

Insulated Solid Panel Alumawood Structures

Outdoor kitchen illuminated underneath Alumawood

Insulated solid panel Alumawood structures are similar to solid panel structures but with an added layer of insulation. These structures feature two aluminum panels with foam insulation in between, providing improved temperature regulation and energy efficiency. Insulated solid panels help keep your outdoor space cooler in hot weather and retain warmth during colder seasons. They are ideal if you live in an area with extreme temperature variations or if you plan to use your outdoor space throughout the year.




  • Offers complete shade, privacy, and protection.
  • Provides enhanced temperature regulation and energy efficiency.
  • Keeps the outdoor space cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather.
  • Reduces noise transmission.


  • Can be more expensive compared to lattice or solid panel structures.
  • May have a slightly thicker profile compared to other options.

Mix and Match

View from an Alumawood pergola

Another choice customers may choose to go with is a mix of both lattice and solid panel. This choice allows you to get the best of both worlds. Have a space that is airier and more open while also having a place that is completely covered and protected from the elements. By combining the multiple style offerings, you include an area that is usable rain or shine.





  • Offers the best of both worlds with a section that is more ventilated and airier and a section that is fully covered and protected.
  • Opens options for varying designs and for incorporating custom patio ideas.
  • More design options using elements of both structures.


  • Can be more expensive compared to choosing just a lattice or solid panel structure.
  • Requires a larger area to cover to utilize both features successfully.

We Have You Covered

Choosing between lattice, solid panel, or insulated solid panel Alumawood structures depends on your specific needs and preferences. Lattice structures strike a balance between shade and openness, solid panels offer maximum privacy and protection, while insulated solid panels provide enhanced temperature regulation. Consider factors such as desired levels of shade, privacy, airflow, and weather protection when making your decision. By understanding the unique characteristics of each option, you can select the Alumawood structure that best fits your lifestyle and transforms your outdoor space into a haven of comfort and beauty.

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