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Building a Patio Cover

Aug 9, 2008
There are a few simple things one can do to their home to both improve the value of the property and also add beauty in a very functional way. One of these ways is to build a patio cover. This simple addition to your home can be both practical as well as a beautiful addition to any home.

If you are willing to build and experiment in making a patio cover, you need to juice out certain questions such as why do you need to build a patio cover? These answers will tell you what kind of patio cover you will need.

For example, some of these are: What is the purpose? Should it be made out of aluminum or wood or maybe PVC? Should you paint it or not?

Remember, a patio is sort of an extension of your house, and generally a patio is usually 12 feet or shorter and not more then that, and also it is just a single story floor plan. A patio can either be covered or uncovered. There isn't any special skill that you need to have for you to be able to make la patio cover, however, you need to have a lot of patience to be able to complete this task. You need to be patient in analyzing the area dimension, the number of aluminum or wood, and all of the other materials needed in building the patio cover.

To build the patio cover, you need to start with the spade work which is very necessary. You need to coordinate it with the conditions of the weather, the usage of the patio and the areas that it will occupy. After you're done with that, the next step that you need to do is select materials from a very comprehensive range of selections, polycarb panels which are good for the summer and the winter season, vinyl opaque which is adjustable to any kind of weather condition, a clear panel or a vinyl translucent panel which id best for milder weather, an aluminum pan that is very durable and requires minimal maintenance, and a lot more. You have to make sure that the panels fit perfectly and can be installed easily, and is flexible in all kinds of design. Also, you need to check the gutter system, make sure that it is accessible for cleaning purposes.

For a professional patio cover, you need to have the necessary tools in building the cover; you can either purchase a complete kit or purchase them one by one. The tools that you will needed are hack saw or an electric an electric saw, a 3/8 drill bit, a measuring tape, caulking gun, metal snips, bolts, nuts, screwdriver, pencils that are heavy duty, ladders, hammer, shank and socket, level, crescent wrench, masonry, and carpenter's square. If you decide to build the patio attached to your house, then the support system can help tye cover to fit perfectly. Always rely on the building instructions to make your patio cover beautiful and successful.
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John Grant is a the author for a how to site where he is writing articles about how to build a patio cover.
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