How to Build a Patio Cover


A patio cover can spruce up your home and can also improve the functionality of your space. In some cases, a patio cover can protect your house by shielding it from the sun’s heat. It can also be a great place to relax, enjoy the weather and relieve tension. Building a patio cover is a great way to make your own personal sanctuary and you’ll love the finished results. Making your custom patio cover is a challenging but ultimately rewarding experience. Here is how you can build your own patio cover. Read on.

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Instructions

Things You’ll Need:

  • Post base
  • 1-by-6 boards

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  • 4-by-4 posts
  • 2-by-6 boards
  • 2-by-12 boards
  • Concrete anchors
  • Nail gun
  • Level
  • Framing square
  • Plywood
  • Tar paper
  • Roof Shingles
  • Stapler
  • Metal screen
  • Drill
  • 1½-inch drill bit
  • Flashing

Step 1

Decide the size you need your patio to be. Also, establish the pitch of your roofline.

Step 2

Set the posts. Use concrete anchors to secure the base. using

Step 3

Position the 4 x 4 posts on the post base. Use nails to secure then to the post base.

Step 4

Make your support beams. Do this by setting double 2 x 12 boards into your roofline.

Step 5

Mark your rafters off at 2 feet.

Step 6

Follow your roof pitch plans. Cut the rafters and tails.

Step 7

Ask someone to assist you with this step. Cut your ridgeline and set your rafters in proper position.

Step 8

Place a block in between the rafter tails. After every third rafter drill 3 1½ inch holes in the center.

Step 9

Measure a piece of the metal screening and staple it to the inside of each block previously drilled with 1½-inch diameter holes.

Step 10

Install 5/8-inch roof decking. This will take 2 people.

Step 11

Fix and install flashing where the existing roofline and patio roofline intersect.

Step 12

Take the tarp paper and install on roof. Leave a minimum of a 6-inch overlap. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Overlap 6 inches on both sides.

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Step 13

Put in drip edge and install shingles and start at the bottom of the roof.

Step 14

Overlap shingles per manufactures instructions.

Step 15

Install roof jack 2 feet on either side down from ridgeline.

Step 16

Finish the underside of the roof by installing sheathing to it.

Step 17

Wrap post base with 1-by-6 boards, cut to length and wrapped close to base.

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About the Author: Vanessa Page works a career counselor in one of the leading firms in Los Angeles. She is also a blogger and gives tips on how people can tackle their work and career issues. She has 8 years of experience in this field.

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