How to Build a Patio Cover

A patio cover is one of the nice home improvements to add to your house, and a very useful yet serviceable structure. It not only keeps you cool by regulating the amount of heat passing through nearby windows, but it also provides a sort of solace environment where you can rest. Patio roofs are significant factors when calmly relaxing on your patio. It covers and shields you from direct hot sun rays or from the rain. A patio roof affords both a shelter and some sense of privacy. Any exposure to the extreme weather conditions will certainly make sitting on the patio less comforting.

Patio roofs may be made from wood, aluminum or using canvas in smaller areas. Framing its roof can be made easier than it often seems. With enough boards, nails, and a little expertise, you should be able to do a hassle-free framing of your cover. Here are the steps to guide you in building a courtyard next to your backyard.

Materials and Tools You Need to Build a Patio Cover

  1. Tarpaulin paper
  2. Level
  3. Stapling machine
  4. Plywood
  5. Drilling- tool.
  6. One and a half-inch drill bit.
  7. One- by-six board.
  8. Post base.
  9. 4 by 4-feet poles
  10. Concrete anchors
  11. By 6-inch boards
  12. Nail gun or Hammer
  13. 2 by 12-inch boards
  14. Metal screen
  15. Framing square
  16. Roof Shingles
  17. Flashing


Follow the Instructions and steps below:

  1. Establish the field that suits your roofline and mark the dimensions as well as the space that your patio should cover.
  2. Coagulate the post foundation using the cemented anchors.
  3. Affix the 4 by 4-feet posts into their foundation and then attach them firmly to their respective bases.
  4. Craft the support bar by fitting the double 2 by 12-inch boards to the roofline.
  5. Delimit your rafters by bordering them exactly 2 feet on the center.
  6. Following your roofing pitch design carefully cut sizable balks and their rear part.
  7. You will need an extra hand while shaping the ridge and setting each rafter in place.
  8. Shape several blocks to fit the space in between the rafter tails. Drill 3 One and a half-inch holes at the center of every third rafter.
  9. Craft metal screening piece and nail it with each block’s interiors most specifically the ones drilled with a diameter of one and a half inch holes.
  10. Again seek assistance in installing the 5 by 8-inch rooftop garlanding.
  11. At each patio roofline and existing roofline intersection, align and mount an appropriate flashing.
  12. Measure your roof dimensions and cut the appropriate size of the tarpaulin paper, install it from its lowermost part to the top part leaving a minimum of a 6-inch long overlay on both sides.
  13. Starting at the bottom of the roof, put up a drip edge in pace while installing shingles at their strategic alignments.
  14. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions while overlapping shingles and stick to the specifications outlined.
  15. After confirming that your ridgeline is stable and well aligned, starting from the top, install the roof jack at exactly two feet above either side of the ridgeline.
  16. You can now do the underside roof finishing by installing the sheathing of your choice to it.
  17. Finally, you can now wrap your post base using one by six-inch board; they should cut at appropriate lengths and placed exactly above the base.

In any of your endeavor to appending your patio roof to your house, it’s always prudent to check with the authorities to confirm whether you will need a building permit. Anchor posts are not necessarily mandatory, but they will guarantee your patio roof stability and durability. If you are framing elevated buildings or roofs, you should put up safety measures and be extra careful to curb the chances of falling. It’s almost mandatory to have someone around to help you in this tedious activity as well nurse your injuries in case of an accident. You should also wear protective gears like gloves, face mask, and eye goggles while operating any type of electrified power tool.

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