Vinyl patio covers are easy to maintain and if maintained well they can last a lifetime. Though they cost more than their counterparts like wood or metal, vinyl is sturdier and capable of withstanding any kind of extreme weather condition. When the dirt collects in the covers, it would suffice to just clean them off. However, the buyer has to be cautious while buying vinyl patio covers because there are both high and low qualities available. So get a sample and test durability. Wood needs regular maintenance, aluminum gets heated quickly and so vinyl is the obvious choice for those who care for quality.