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If willing to experiment and build a Patio Cover in Johns Creek,  hammer out questions as to why you need a Patio Cover, for what purpose, whether it would be painted or made with wood, prefabricated aluminum or PVC, and if permission is required from state or city authorities. Remember that a patio is an extension of the house, generally not more than 12 feet and single-storied.  In most Johns Creek locations, the patio can be fully covered or have no cover. No special skills are required for building a Patio Cover except co-coordinating your patience, the dimension of an area, number of wood or aluminum panels and material required.

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Building a Patio Cover in Johns Creek

As a general rule, you should always purchase patio enclosure building material that comes as modular systems, so that you can easily adjust them to fit a compact space in a small city apartment or a sprawling yard in a large country house. Modular enclosures are actually quite common these days. Just visit any home depot shop to talk to an authorized representative. They usually accommodate requests for custom made patio enclosures (for a higher price, of course). They will typically visit your home to do the measurements and will install the enclosure free of charge once it is done.

Patio enclosure materials

Also, be sure to choose only the best materials for your structure. The most common ones are toughened safety glass and fiberglass. Frames come in different materials and designs, too. Mid-range patio enclosures have aluminum frames, while luxury glass enclosures have chrome, silver or gold frames.

Patio covers are simply roof, canopies, and awnings installed on patios to serve as shades and overhead protection from the elements which allows the household members to enjoy sitting out on the patio for more than the hot summer months.

Adding patio shades to your outdoor room, asides giving welcoming protection from the hot sun, will equally act as a shield from the rain and protection for the furniture, furnishings, and floor, especially if you have wood flooring. Besides, patios can end up being wind funnels or warm ovens if a roof or other form of covering is not installed.

To choose a patio cover, you must first consider the design and size of the space, the style of the house, and the surrounding landscape. Patio shades must be in accord with its surroundings and harmonise well with hues, and the general characteristic features of the structure.

The types of patio cover vary and can be temporary, permanent, adjustable, or portable structures. Some of the most popular choices of homeowners are:

  1. Translucent plastic roof
  2. Bamboo and reed shades
  3. Lath overheads and awnings
  4. Treated canvas covers
  5. 'Eggcrate' patio shades
  6. Louvred covers
  7. Tempered glass roof covering

You can also have a combination of any two of the above. For example, you can install a combination of tempered glass and louvred covers, where the louvred slats allow for ventilation and airflow.

Before You Decide on a Patio Shade, Ask Yourself...

What things should you consider before making an informed decision? First, you need to consider the future of your property. Do you have future upgrade plans? For instance, will the now open patio eventually evolve into an enclosed outdoor room?

If you do have home improvement plans slated for the future, it may be wise to build a frame that will eventually serve the purpose of retaining structural support, in readiness for a more permanent, or, substantial patio roof.

Secondly, you must consider the properties of shades and covers available and their workability with your patio theme. Additionally, you’ll need to know:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of each type
  • The durability of its material
  • How it will be maintained
  • Its ease of installation (or not)
  • Is it budget friendly?
  • It's lifespan

Translucent Patio Covers

Translucent roof materials are great for diffusing sunlight, intercepting direct heat, and protection against the rain. They are lightweight, shatterproof and quite durable and are available in a variety of colours, each transmitting varying amounts of heat and light.

They also come with a choice of textures ranging from the smooth and flat, to the pebble-grained textured translucent panels.

Translucent patio roofs are one of the most popular forms of covers and one of the quickest to install. If you are a hands-on individual that’s good at DIY tasks, you will find translucent shades easy to handle and work with.

This type of patio cover has a couple of disadvantages. They cast their colour on the patio and every single item within it and will even cast a tint, depending on its colour, in an interior room if installed close to a window in the house. Also, there may be a problem with heat trap (if the roof cover is attached to two or more walls of the house) if adequate ventilation is not provided.

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Bamboo and Reed Shades

Both woven reed and bamboo are appealing roof covers for patios. They are eco-friendly and lightweight enough to require minimum support and under-structure.

Many homeowners love the irregular shade patterns bamboo and reed patio covers provide on a nice and warm sunny afternoon and find it warm and pleasant to lounge in on a warm sunny afternoon. Being a natural material, they make handsome and very effective shades.

Patio canopies made from woven natural materials are very affordable, eco-friendly, and easy to install. They are about one of the easiest overhead shades to install. It is important to point out that bamboo roof shades are longer lasting than reed shades.

They come with some disadvantages though. They are not very durable and cannot withstand harsh weather conditions so, if you live in temperate regions, bamboo and reed covers can last for several seasons but if you live in regions with harsher weather conditions, it is best not to consider using these types of patio covers.

Lath (Lumber & Batten) Patio Roofs

Wood lath is a classic patio cover and one of the oldest and most versatile outdoor room covers that's simple to install, affordable, and adaptable enough to give minimum or maximum protection as many of the other patio covers. They can be used in their natural state, painted, or stained and come in standard sizes of 1” x 1”, 1” x 2”, and 2” x 2”.

It is easy to get creative with lath patio covers and patterns and designs that can be created include:

  • Staggered spacing
  • Rustic trellis
  • Uniform spacing
  • Mixed sizes and spacing

If you decide to use lath as your patio cover, make sure you choose rot-resistant wood. Hardwoods like cedar, cypress, and redwood resist decay are unlikely to warp or twist with weather changes. They can be used in their natural form without painting or staining.

Lath roofs have one disadvantage. When it is sunny, they cast sharply defined shadow lines in dark and light shades and some people find this quite irritating, especially when trying to read. However, the classic beauty of lath roofs is clearly irresistible.

Treated Canvas Patio Covers

Canvas is a tightly woven textile that can be found in a variety of weaves and in an assortment of colours. Its patterns and textile construction include checks, stripes, and plaid designs. Shades and covers made from treated canvas will add cheerful colours to dull patios.

The treated canvas that’s ideal for the outdoors are colour-fast and have water repelling properties as well as fire-retarding properties. They are also treated to resist fungal growth. Treatment is done by applying acrylic or vinyl coatings.

Various weights of canvas will provide anything from a light to dense shade over a patio, so, before you decide on using canvas for your patio shade, it is good to note that if its weight is too light, it will not withstand severe weather, and if it is too heavy, it will take 'forever' to dry after a heavy rainfall, something that may likely cause mildew.

The popular type of canvas fabric called shade cloth (comes in green saran and black polypropylene) has a weave that is like those used for window screening. The weave construction of shade cloth will give almost any degree of shade, from 6% up to 90%.

Some other synthetic textiles like acrylic, fibreglass, and vinyl coated nylon can also be used as patio canopies and like canvas covers, serve more as temporary patio covers than permanent ones.

Disadvantages of using canvas material as an outdoor room cover? It should not be used as a permanent shade because its colour will fade with time, must be dried out thoroughly to prevent mould, it will not withstand strong winds, and it is likely to shrink. Additionally, if you touch wet un-treated canvas that has collected rainwater from the inside, water will soak through and drip on to the patio due to capillary action.

Egg-Crate Awning

The term 'egg-crate' is a name that is erroneously used, but one that refers to open-air patio canopies that's laced with flowering climbing vines, a feature that adds aesthetic value to any patio. They serve as natural showcases for vines that send out fragrant scents at various times of the year.

Egg-crate patio shades allow for free vertical airflow whilst giving a feel of protection to a patio that needs a good amount of sunlight and breeze, and when the foliage becomes dense, it will serve as a protection against harsh sunlight or light drizzles of rain.

They make a fantastic roof canopy and can be constructed easily using any common softwood, but harder woods such as cypress or redwood are popularly used because they require no protective coatings.

Louvred Awnings

For a look that is tailored, and airy, louvred awnings fit the picture. They block out the sun at certain times of the day and let it filter in at others by setting the louvres at varying angles to make the most of their width to block out the sun. They are permanent shades, and like lath shades, are constructed with a parallel arrangement of strips of wood.

Louvred patio covers come as adjustable or fixed types and whilst the adjustable types can be shifted to allow in almost any degree of light or shade in the daytime, the fixed louvres can be installed to block out the sun during the hours of the day that it is not required.

Disadvantages? Louvred awnings are expensive and need to be installed by a professional because its installation is tricky and if care is not taken while it is being installed, once you nail it down, it becomes hard to re-do.

Tempered Glass Patio Roofs

Tempered glass canopies are a popular design element added to patios and conservatories and have proven to be a common way to increase the light and feeling of being in an outdoor room while providing shelter from rain or harsh sunlight.

If you wish to allow light to infuse into the patio, you should consider using the clear type but if you prefer protection from the sun then it is good to opt for the tinted types.

The best way to install a glass canopy over a patio is to frame and install using an aluminium extrusion to support the glass canopy, as long as you ensure you have adequate downward fixing, especially in high-wind areas. If the roof area is small, the tempered glass canopy can be suspended but if it is a large area, it is best to fix the canopy directly to the building’s structure.

They are fairly straightforward to install since installation is primarily subject to the span of the glass between fixing points.

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Patio Covers

Patio Covers complement your home's architectural style and at same time provide outdoor space for entertainment or a quiet game of pool. The scene gets interrupted with temperature and weather changes, and you are left with no option but to move to the main house. A Lattice Patio Cover is an easy-to-use, economical and versatile system to protect your patio from the vagaries of nature. The discrepancy is in that, unlike solid Patio Covers, Lattice Patio Covers block 50 to 60 percent of the sun.

On most counts it is weather conditions and the exterior of the house that decide in favor of Lattice Patio Covers. Cover material has to be water resistant and rust proof, and should not crack, peel or split. Wooden Lattice Patio Covers have a natural appeal, but require regular painting and checks for termites etc. In keeping with preferred sensibilities, Patio Cover manufacturers have found an answer with aluminum that resembles wood in form. The new wood-grained aluminum gives the look of real painted wood that is UV resistant, heat and fire resistant, termite proof and does not crack, peel or rot for first three years. Another advantage is that aluminum Lattice Covers have built-in gutters presenting a clean attractive roofline. One can select from factory-baked enamel finish of natural cedar, or from a variety of colors available.

The Lattice Patio Cover with open framework of crisscrossed wood or metal strips in regular or patterned spaces is a new design available in regional, standard or custom models. These covers can be remodeled to fit in with any patio, whether attached to the house or a free-standing one in the yard. For a greener look, one can cover the Lattice with vines or other flowery creepers or, for a modernistic design, use half solid and half Lattice.

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Begin with the necessary spadework according to weather conditions, area, and usage of a patio. The next step is selecting material from a comprehensive range, including polycarb panels for high summer or winter temperatures, vinyl opaque all weather conditions, vinyl translucent and clear panels suitable for use in milder weather conditions, aluminum pan roof that is cool, durable and requiring little maintenance, or Johns Creek  providing insulation for a strong low-maintenance roof in Johns Creek location. The panels should fit and install easily, and offer design flexibility. Check if the gutter system is accessible for cleaning whether it is w-pan gutter, roll form gutter or extruded gutter and valance.

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If willing to experiment and build a Patio Cover in Johns Creek,  hammer out questions as to why you need a Patio Cover, for what purpose, whether it would be painted or made with wood, prefabricated aluminum or PVC, and if permission is required from state or city authorities. Remember that a patio is an extension of the house, generally not more than 12 feet and single-storied.  In most Johns Creek locations, the patio can be fully covered or have no cover. No special skills are required for building a Patio Cover except co-coordinating your patience, the dimension of an area, number of wood or aluminum panels and material required.

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Building a Patio Cover in Johns Creek

As a general rule, you should always purchase patio enclosure building material that comes as modular systems, so that you can easily adjust them to fit a compact space in a small city apartment or a sprawling yard in a large country house. Modular enclosures are actually quite common these days. Just visit any home depot shop to talk to an authorized representative. They usually accommodate requests for custom made patio enclosures (for a higher price, of course). They will typically visit your home to do the measurements and will install the enclosure free of charge once it is done.

Patio enclosure materials

Also, be sure to choose only the best materials for your structure. The most common ones are toughened safety glass and fiberglass. Frames come in different materials and designs, too. Mid-range patio enclosures have aluminum frames, while luxury glass enclosures have chrome, silver or gold frames.

If willing to experiment and build a Patio Cover, hammer out questions as to why you need a Patio Cover, for what purpose, whether it would be painted or made with wood, prefabricated aluminum or PVC, and if permission is required from state or city authorities. Remember that a patio is an extension of the house, generally not more than 12 feet and single-storied. The patio can be fully covered or have no cover. No special skills are required for building a Patio Cover except co-coordinating your patience, dimension of area, number of wood or aluminum panels and material required.

Begin with the necessary spade work according to weather conditions, area and usage of patio. The next step is selecting material from a comprehensive range, including polycarb panels for high summer or winter temperatures, vinyl opaque all weather conditions, vinyl translucent and clear panels suitable for use in milder weather conditions, aluminum pan roof that is cool, durable and requiring little maintenance, or insulated foam panels providing insulation for a strong low-maintenance roof. The panels should fit and install easily, and offer design flexibility. Check if the gutter system is accessible for cleaning whether it is w-pan gutter, roll form gutter or extruded gutter and valance.

For that professional Patio Cover you would need appropriate tools; you can order a complete tool kit or purchase one. The tools required would be a 3/8"" drill bit, hack saw or electric jig saw with fine-toothed blade for metal, a caulking gun, measuring tape, screwdriver, hammer, metal snips, socket and shank, crescent wrench, level, carpenter's square, ladders, heavy duty pencils, masonry and nuts and bolts. If the patio is attached to the house then the existing support system will help cover to fit easily. For a free-standing patio the cover will have to be fitted on all four sides, depending on shape. The building instructions will guide you step by step.

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Patio covers protect against the sun's harsh rays and would make your guests want to stay on for a little longer. Whether you're having a barbecue or afternoon cocktails with friends, patio covers keep them comfortable and protected.

Constructing a patio cover is almost like adding a new room or wing to your house. Some homeowners use this space to create a pocket garden and throw in a few lawn chairs and a table, while others treat them as semi-permanent additions to their residences, setting up a card table, or a television and some comfortable lounging chairs.

When you entertain out on the patio, you become more relaxed and so will your guests. First of all, you'll no longer have to worry about spills on your carpet or rowdy kids toppling over your expensive decor. Second, adults can enjoy chatting with each other under the comfortable shade of patio covers while they keep an eye on their children running around the garden.

There is a wide range of patio covers to choose from, but you first have to determine why you need to construct one. There are also certain places where it's necessary for the owner to secure a building permit, even if you're only installing a patio cover, so you need to look into this as well.

Do you want your patio cover made out of wood? Do you want it with a natural finish, or do you prefer to paint it with color? There are also other materials to choose from, such as prefabricated PVC or aluminum, which can last longer and withstand extreme weather conditions.

If you're planning to do this project yourself, check your patio layout and take the measurements as accurately as possible. Once you have the dimensions, the salesperson at the home depot would be able to make an estimate of the number of aluminum or wood panels you would require for your project.

DIY patio covers

Do-it-yourself kits for patio covers make it easy for even novice DIYers to work on their own project. These kits include anchors, brackets, screws, and fasteners and come with a comprehensive manual so you won't have to consult with a contractor.

One excellent example of an easy-to-install patio cover is B + R Installations' WeatherStopper Plus. It is made of insulated aluminum panels that offer more superior insulation than hardwood or brick, yet is still affordable. It has a mold- and mildew-resistant core between its aluminum layers and this is the reason why the company is confident enough to offer its buyers a lifetime warranty.

For a more traditional look, they also offer a lattice-style patio cover [http://www.homeimprovementbliss.com/patio-deck/patio-tables-hubs-of-activity-56]. It has the look of premium-grade wood yet lasts much longer. This is because it is made of virgin aluminum but has a deep wood-grain look and is coated with a finish that has been tested for all kinds of rough weather.

This kit is available in neutral colors such as beige, ivory, white, and adobe with various endcap models to choose from - scallop, corbell, bevel, and miter. Patio covers enhance the look of your home as well, so consider them a wise investment.

What to Consider When Building Patio Enclosures and Shade Structures

Begin with the necessary spadework according to weather conditions, area, and usage of a patio. The next step is selecting material from a comprehensive range, including polycarb panels for high summer or winter temperatures, vinyl opaque all weather conditions, vinyl translucent and clear panels suitable for use in milder weather conditions, aluminum pan roof that is cool, durable and requiring little maintenance, or Johns Creek  providing insulation for a strong low-maintenance roof in Johns Creek location. The panels should fit and install easily, and offer design flexibility. Check if the gutter system is accessible for cleaning whether it is w-pan gutter, roll form gutter or extruded gutter and valance.

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