Asked on Oct 10, 2017

How can I put a cover over my back patio

CALLaura PettitJewellmartin


5 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 10, 2017

    how big of a area,what are you thinking to use?
  • Jewellmartin
    on Oct 10, 2017

    Check local laws first! You don't want to put up a canvas or metal shed roof only to have to take it down because of local ordinances. In my city, anything like a patio roof has to match the slope and style of the house roof, so that it looks as if it had been there all along. All posts have to be grounded in and sealed by concrete.
    Be sure to seal any part of your porch that touches your house or roof. Be sure the porch does not slope toward the house at all. Place a border around your patio to drain any water away from the area. A pergola allows air but screens most sun, and the shadows move all day. A metal roof will close off sun and air, as well as rain and snow. If you are allowed a fiberglass roof, you can provide great shade, but no air, so an open or screened porch may be what you want.
    If you choose a composite roof, you can plan for a walled-in room originally or eventually.
    So, you need to take each part into account: roof, ceiling, floor and connections, the house itself and the area around the patio, porch, or room. Best wishes 😇💞
  • Laura Pettit
    on Oct 10, 2017

    If you have a smaller area you can get a retractable awning. Only problem with that is the wind
  • CAL
    on Oct 10, 2017

    I had someone start one and then never came back to finish.. they've set some 6" round rough cut posts and I'm not sure where to go from there..
  • CAL
    on Oct 10, 2017

    the area is probably 20' in length by 10-12' wide
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