Patio roof cover kits are very popular across the country because let’s face it the heat of the sun can be brutal not only in its temperature but also you want to be protected from the sun’s ultraviolet rays while you are picnicking or relaxing in the back yard.
So what comes in a roof cover kit?
- A large girder
- Lattice bars if you elect to get a lattice patio cover kit
- Posts to hold up the patio cover
- Post covers which protect the post in both the front and back and which are typically filled with structural foam
- Steel post inserts which go into the the post
- Attachments at the top and the bottom of the post
- Either insulated roof panels or non-insulated roof panels. Insulated roof panels are thicker and will support weight in case you need to get on top of the patio cover to paint or to reach a gutter
- The hangar the patio cover is attached to the home with
- Caulking, panel tape, flashing, gutter assembly, side plates, a wrap kit and screws and bolts.
Easy to put together
If the sheer components of a patio roof cover kit seem overwhelming, don’t worry. Almost every manufacturer provides detailed videos of how to put your patio cover kit together. Watch the video twice and you are an expert.
Just be sure to measure carefully before cutting anything.
Patio manufacturers know that the vast majority of their customers are Do It Yourselfers, and therefore will not buy any patio kit that is too difficult to put together.
In addition to the posted videos on how to put your patio kit together, the vast majority of manufacturers also host toll-free phone numbers which you can call to get technical advice from.
The most important thing in the assembly of your patio kit, besides measuring, is identifying each piece of the kit so you can follow the directions exactly.
For example, know what the Insulated roof panel hangar is, and what it does.
In general, many of the parts of the patio such as the panels simply snap together, so it isn’t exactly rocket science.
Don’t forget your permits
Believe it or not, most cities require you to get a building permit to establish your patio roof cover kit as they consider it now part of the structure. So be sure and consult your local authorities before installing to inquire whether a permit is necessary.
Failure to get a permit may lead to big fines.
Also, if you live in an area with a Homeowners Association, be sure and consult them before you even by your patio kit. Homeowners Associations can be incredibly picky about add-ons like patio kits.
While patio roof covers are typically within the realm of most people’s mechanical ability, typically it may take 1-2 days for you to complete the entire job, and since you want it done right, take your time with each step.
If you want to accelerate the process of installing your patio kit, invite a buddy along to help you in exchange for a home barbecue steak dinner.
And if you have absolutely no mechanical ability at all, nor a friend that does, hire someone on Craigslist or Angie’s List to get a handyman to do it for you.
Choosing insulated vs. non-insulated pation covers
Many people ask is insulated or non-insulated better? There are a few good reasons why you might want to choose insulated.
- #1. Insulated kits may keep you cooler.In many parts of the country, it won’t really matter but if you live in a place like Phoenix, Austin, or Sacramento where the temperature frequently gets over 100 degrees, an insulated kit will keep the temperature down.
- #2.Insulated kits are quieter in the rain.For many, this doesn’t matter but for some, an insulated kit is quieter in the rain.
- #3. The gutters are much easier to clean with an insulated kit.
- #4. Insulated kits can look better.
- #5. You can stand on it if necessary.With a non-insulated patio cover, you will need to put down a piece of protective cardboard and be careful not to step in the middle.
What’s the disadvantage? As you would suspect, non-insulated kits are cheaper.