The benefits of pergolas and patio covers go well beyond their beauty and aesthetics.

The good people of Texas love pergolas, and it’s easy to understand why. They’re attractive, they’re enjoyable, and they make grilling a lot more fun. But outdoor spaces like patios and pergolas have many benefits that you may not expect. So today, we’re talking about how they can be good for your health—and your wallet.

Pergolas and patio covers boost the resale value of your home.

Even if you’re not planning to sell any time soon, you can do your future self a big favor. Investing in an outdoor space can make a big difference in your home’s resale value.

If you add a pergola or patio cover before you’re planning to move, you can enjoy it for years. Then, once you do relocate, you can recoup a good chunk of the money you spent. The ROI on a pergola or patio cover is 50% to 80%. This is especially true in a warmer state like Texas.

We have the luxury of enjoying our outdoor spaces much longer than our friends in Minnesota or Vermont. As a result, pergolas and patio covers are strong selling points in the Lone Star State.

Outdoor spaces are good for your mood.

Your mom was right: Fresh air really is good for you.

In Japan, there’s a practice called shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.” The premise is pretty simple: It’s just purposeful time spent soaking up the natural world with all your senses. Thankfully, you don’t need a literal forest to reap the benefits of shinrin-yoku. Instead, just spending a little time on your patio or under the pergola can give you a boost.

In fact, everyone in the house can benefit. If one of your kids needs a little quiet time, send them outside with a book or a toy. If you’re the one who needs a break from the chaos, peace is right out the back door.

Spending time outside can give you some much-needed rest and perspective. Studies show that spending just two hours outside every week can make you happier. But, of course, that’s much easier to achieve if you have a beautiful outdoor space in your own backyard.

When you invest in a pergola or a patio cover, you’re investing in your happiness. Everyone in the household can benefit from easy access to fresh air and comfort.

Better than carrots!

Ok, this one might be a bit of a stretch, but the truth is being outdoors is good for your eyes.

We spend a lot of time looking at screens and other up-close items these days. But it’s good for our eyes to switch it up and take in some far-away sights. Also, when we’re outside, our line of sight expands, which provides our eyes relief from the tight focus indoors.

Studies on children have shown that time spent outside can even prevent nearsightedness. In other words, you don’t have to eat rabbit food to improve your eyesight. Just go outside!

If you live in a busy area, finding a secluded outdoor setting isn’t always easy—unless you’ve got one in your backyard. It’s hard to resist the allure of a beautiful patio or pergola. If you have one, you’re probably hanging out there a lot. And all that time outside, admiring the birds and the clouds, benefits your eye health.

Outdoor entertainment is memorable.

Having people over is less stressful with the flexibility of an outdoor space.

Four walls no longer hem you in, so you can let people spread out and enjoy the space. Plus, you can probably accommodate more guests if folks bring their own chairs.

And don’t forget the fun of grilling, yard games, and other activities that are most enjoyable outdoors.

Let those rowdy teenagers hang out under the pergola.

It can be fun to have a bunch of high-energy young people around, but sometimes you might need a break.

If you have a beautiful outdoor space, you can kick the kids outside without a shred of guilt. It strikes a good balance between supervision and privacy, so you can let them be while knowing they’re safe. Plus, your house might become the go-to spot for a comfortable hang-out. There’s great comfort in always knowing where the kids are.

Ready to reap the benefits of pergolas and patio covers? Get in touch with the team at Texas Home Improvement. We’ll help you create the outdoor space of your dreams.