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Home Guide to Patio Cover Installation

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Home Guide to Patio Cover Installation

Having a nice patio is a plus point when the weather becomes warm and you don’t want to stay cooped up inside all day long. There are many ways in which you can convert your patio into some extra space for relaxing or working while enjoying the weather and the fresh air. For starters, you might want to put in a cover if you have an open air patio. Doing this will help you extend your living space without any additional construction and soon it is likely to become a favorite spot for the whole family. This is both aesthetically appealing as well as practically feasible.

    The right guidance and required materials can help you put up a patio cover in a day’s time.
  1. 1.In the Land of Freedom there are Rules

    Once the patio is covered, you will also have options to customize it as per your requirements. You could choose to put in decorative lights or a fan if you wish. Government rules mandate obtaining a permit to put in a patio cover and each city will have its own specifications regarding permitted dimensions. Property zoning requirements will also have to be considered before you can get your patio cover up.


    Once you have the permit, you can either hire someone to do the work for you or choose to do it yourself. Whichever option you choose, there are a few basic things you should know so it is done the right way.

  2. 2.Come Up With a Plan

    It is essential to first put down on paper what you want your patio to look like once the cover is installed. This will help you when obtaining the necessary supplies and also act as a guide during the whole process. After this, you will need to purchase all the essential supplies including the patio kit of your choice. Other things you may need include nails, joist hangers, wood, and cement. Ensure that the spot you choose to have the patio cover has some space for it to slope down a bit.

  3. 3.Installation

    The patio cover can be installed to the wall of the house or the fascia board of the house. The patio kit is likely to have a header track to connect the cover to the house. This will have to be held in place at the desired level and the spot marked correctly so you can then attach it with the screws. You can also caulk around the track afterwards. You will also need covering pieces and these will have to be a foot or two longer than the patio. You will also need outside posts and a tilt beam to attach on top of these. Once these are put together, you should have a frame for the roof. After this, the panels can be attached on either side of the patio. The length is important and these can be trimmed to the right length as required. You can finish this project by attaching the panels to the house with metal fasteners.

  5. 4.Some Tips

    Some of the tools you may need to put up your patio cover include an electric drill with some different types of bits, a hack saw or electric saw, a caulking gun, a measuring tape, a hammer, metal snips, a wrench, and a ladder. Read in detail all the instructions that come with the kit and follow then to get your patio cover up the right way. If you think you will need some help in installation, it is best to seek it rather than attempt on your own and risk injury. The posts and rails must be well-aligned or else it may cause the patio cover to be unstable. After you are done with the project, make sure to clean up the area of any nails and scrap that might have been left behind.The right guidance and required materials can help you put up a patio cover in a day’s time. However, make sure that before you start off, you have all the required permits in hand. Not doing so can get you in serious trouble with the law, local or federal. For instance, insulated patio covers are not approved in all areas. Similarly, some covers are not approved for areas with heavy snowfall since they are considered structurally weak and unable to support the weight of snow. So this is a perfect example where cutting corners and violating the law can actually put you in harm’s way (and perhaps your friends & family).

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