Asked on Sep 21, 2018

How do I secure a patio cover?

Our backyard is exposed to the setting sun which makes it very hot in the summer and bright when the sun is out. There are no trees so we purchased a patio cover to block some of the rays. The issue we have is securing the cover. We purchased pots and set poles in quickcrete, then attached the cover with the hooks to the eyelets. If there is any kind of wind, the cover moves so much, the concrete planters fall over, thus causing a mess with all the plants and furniture on the patio. There is a privacy fence, but we live on a hill and the fence would not provide us the height we need. So, I am looking for some creative ideas as to how we might secure this patio cover and be able to enjoy our backyard more! I attached a picture of what we purchased.

  5 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Sep 21, 2018

    Add another post to your fence to make it tall enough for the cover. I assume the other side is attached to your house.

  • Sherri Sherri on Sep 21, 2018

    I wonder if You put a wider base under your pots (Like using construction glue to attach a larger wood piece to the bottom) And putting some grommets here and there on the cover to let the wind go through, if that would help? Or could you put pipes attaching the poles into a square. You know, connect the tops of your poles with other pipe? Good luck. If you could afford materials for a pergola, that would help. You could still attach the patio cover to it if you wanted to. Good luck.

  • Ktl30696516 Ktl30696516 on Sep 22, 2018

    We have the same cover. We have full sun on the back of our house, most of the day. We have a deck around the back,with railing, but nothing to attach the cover to. We purchased pipe, long enough to raise the cover higher and drilled holes at the top and middle and bottom of the pipe, and secured the pipe to the railing with very strong zip ties. We attached the cover to the top of each pipe, and the other end to our guttering. I even sprayed the pipe black to look like wrought iron, drilled a few extra holes and hung some chimes and hummingbird feeders. The cover still moves a bit when it's windy. Beware using PVC, as it gives quite a bit when it gets windy.

  • Cheri Podrebarac Cheri Podrebarac on Sep 22, 2018

    Thank you for the ideas! Ultimately, our plan is to build a pergola. :) Hoping in the next year or two, but in the meantime, we would love for this cover to work.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Oct 13, 2018

    You can sink the post pots into the ground.