Tips & Advice
What are the benefits of having a patio cover?
The main benefit of a patio cover is that it allows people (and pets) to be outdoors in a variety of different weather conditions. Patios provide cover from rain and direct sunshine. Certain types of patio cover also protect from cold and wind.
How long does it take to build a patio cover?
The build time for a patio cover varies according to the scope of the project, but experts always advise that getting permits from the city and approval from the homeowners association usually takes longer than the build itself. The time it takes for materials to be sourced and shipped can also affect the project duration. Weather can also cause unforeseen delays. The quickest length of time a covered patio might take to build once design and permits are handled is one to two days, if professionals are doing it. The actual build process could take a few weeks with unforeseen delays, and if your builder is working on other projects at the same time.
How much does adding a patio cover cost?
A patio cover costs $600-800 for the simplest vinyl awnings, with an average cost of $,1400 for vinyl or simple lattice. Wood patio covers cost more, and Alumawood, as the most durable yet attractive of coverings, is the most expensive--anywhere from $8,000-$15,000 including professional installation.
Does adding a patio cover require a building permit?
Adding an attached covered patio generally requires a building permit because you are modifying the roofline of your home. Detached patio covers do not always require a permit. Open patios (i.e. those with no cover) also do not always require a permit.
What is the difference between attached and detached patio cover?
Attached patio covers are built onto the house and change the roofline of the house, whereas a detached patio cover is part of a freestanding structure. Some cities have requirements on the minimum distance a detached covered patio needs to be from the main house.
Do patio covers need to be repainted periodically?
Vinyl and aluminum patio covers never need to be repainted. Wood patio covers need regular sanding and repainting. Alumawood does not technically need repainting, and in fact doing so will void the manufacturer's warranty, but some homeowners still choose to do it after many years.
What is the difference between a patio cover and a pergola?
A patio cover is an extension of a roof, whereas a pergola is a roofing grid that might or might not be covered. Many pergolas are free-standing frame structures with a roofing grid that might or might not covered with materials or greenery.
Do solid patio covers require gutter installation?
Most solid patios do require gutter installation. Many patio specialists will offer them standard with any patio construction job.
Which patio cover material is recommended for my climate?
The task of building a patio appropriate for climate is often complicated, and not solved by just finding the most suitable cover material. In general, metal such as Alumawood is the most durable patio cover material, but it retains heat, making it less popular for hot, arid environments. Vinyl patio covers are often problematic in areas with strong wind.
Consult with a local expert to choose basic materials, and consider features like insulation, double glass panels and retractable shade panels.
What types of material are available for patio covers?
Wood, vinyl and aluminum are the most common types of material used for patio covers. However, some covers are made of other types of metal besides aluminum. Alumawood is a popular material that is wood-like on the outside with a metal core. Glass panels are also used in some patio covers.