FAQs

  • Insulated Panel Covers

    Solid Insulated Panel Patio Cover Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a Structural Insulated Panel (“SIP”)?

    The panels are made with a high density foam core that is wrapped in aluminum. The panels are available in 3”, 4” and 6” thicknesses. They have an interlocking seam and are manufactured in 4 foot widths. They are available in white, almond or desert sand depending on the manufacturer. We typically put a gutter and downspout(s) across the front. These covers provide a thermal barrier.

    How much does it cost?

    The cost is variable depending on size and installation requirements but $40 per covered square foot provides a good estimating figure for installed cost. Actual costs may vary depending on installation requirements and special features (i.e., fan beams, skylights, “planked” appearance, etc.).

    Can it withstand my winds and snow loads?

    All of our SIP covers are engineered to meet or exceed the building code requirements for wind (110mph or higher) and snow (30lbs per square foot or higher) found in Colorado, Wyoming and Southwest Nebraska.

    How long does it take to get the SIP cover?

    Depending on the manufacturer, panel size and color together with any special features, plan on 4 to 8 weeks from order date for delivery and installation.

    Can I install it myself?

    We don’t recommend DIY for this cover. However, if you have the necessary skills and equipment you can install it yourself (with some helpers). We will help with design and layout and provide you with the manufacturer’s engineering to assist you with the permitting and construction process. We will also provide you with installation instructions and tips and techniques.

    What about my Home Owners Association?

    We routinely work with HOAs and your HOA approval is normally required. For a fee of $250 we will prepare the information and drawings for your HOA submission. You will need to provide us with a copy of your plot plan (site plan) that shows all existing structures and required setbacks for your property. Ultimately, the customer is the HOA member and will do the actual submission. Our support includes meeting with the HOA, if needed, at no additional cost to you. If you proceed with the purchase of our roof, then this documentation fee will be credited toward your total cost of the roof.

    Do I need a Building Permit?

    YES. You will need a building permit to install a solid SIP cover.

    How does your product attach to my home?

    The most common method is to attach a ledger to the house. The ledger must directly attach to the load bearing framing. The ledger will usually be 2×8 and run the length of the roof width. The SIP cover may also be attached to your house eave. A gabled version of this cover is available as a free standing installation option.

    What is the solid SIP Panel warranty?

    Each manufacturer we use offers at least a 10 year warranty on the finish – and a couple offer a limited lifetime transferable warranty on their panels. We would be happy to provide you with specific information from each manufacturer.

  • Louvered Roof

    ALRS Louvered Patio Cover Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the ALRS louvered roof made of?

    The American Louvered Roof System is made entirely of extruded aluminum. This is very thick aluminum that is extruded – not rolled then bent (like you find gutters made from) or cast. The aluminum billets are heated and then pressed through a die. The result is a very strong piece of aluminum and all pieces are exactly the same (uniformity). All our posts, beams, rafters, louvers, and brackets are created by this extrusion process.

    Where is it manufactured?

    This product is manufactured in Louisville, KY by Cardinal Aluminum. So it is made in the USA.

    How much does it cost?

    The cost is variable depending on size and installation requirements but $65 per covered square foot is a good total budget figure. Typically, the larger the size the lower per square foot cost (square footage greater than 300 is usually about $55 per square foot installed). The cost of the roof materials (louvers, rafters, beams and posts) will run $35 to $45 per square foot. Installation, site specific engineering and freight/delivery is typically $25 per square foot and depends on a number of factors that cannot be determined without seeing the job site.

    What about financing?

    YES. We offer up to 100% financing through our partners: HomeImprovementLoanPros.com or GreenSky Financial. We would be happy to discuss these options and their offerings with you if you would like to finance some or all of your purchase.

    We also take all major credit cards and offer a generous discount for cash.

    Can it withstand my winds and snow loads?

    The ALRS louvered cover is engineered to meet or exceed the building code requirements for wind (110mph or higher) and snow (30lbs per square foot or higher) found in Colorado, Wyoming and Southwest Nebraska. It has met the requirements to be listed as approved for Miami, Dade County, Florida – where it has to withstand hurricane force winds.

    Can the louvered system be installed on top of my existing structure?

    If your existing posts, beams, etcetera are capable of supporting the loads then the answer is usually yes. We would need to inspect and verify that your existing structure can safely support the load. Newer pergolas (installed within the last 7 years or so) should be adequate. If you have an existing structure that is adequate, then the materials costs as well as installation costs are reduced.

    How long does it take to get an ALRS cover?

    Each cover is custom ordered from ALRS and Cardinal Aluminum and shipping lead times vary depending on the manufacturing run. Plan on at least 4 to 8 weeks from order date for delivery and installation.

    Can I install it myself?

    Certainly. It will take at least two people. A few tools are required: A mitre saw with a blade that can cut aluminum; drill; impact driver; rubber mallet; ladders; and a good builder’s level.

    A few skills are required: ability to square the structure; ability to calculate the slope of the roof (to allow water and snow to run off); ability to properly place and flash a ledger (if attached to the home); and plumb the posts.

    We will provide step-by-step instructions and advice to help you if you wish to do this yourself.

    We offer installation assistance to DIYers including step-by-step instructions and instructional video is available. You can save substantially on installation costs if you choose to do it yourself. We will help you all along the way if you need us. We want to ensure that your installation is proper.

    Installation will be 3 to 5 days depending on your skill level.

    What about my Home Owners Association?

    We routinely work with HOAs and your HOA approval is normally required. For a fee of $250 we will prepare the information and drawings for your HOA submission. You will need to provide us with a copy of your plot plan (site plan) that shows all existing structures and required setbacks for your property. Ultimately, the customer is the HOA member and will do the actual submission. Our support includes meeting with the HOA, if needed, at no additional cost to you. If you proceed with the purchase of our roof, then this documentation fee will be credited toward your total cost of the roof.

    Do I need a Building Permit?

    With few exceptions the answer is YES. You will need a building permit to attach a load bearing structure to your home. Even if the structure is not attached to your home (“free standing”) many building department jurisdictions will require a building permit. If you choose us to install we take care of all the paperwork to get the permit issued.

    How does your product attach to my home?

    The most common method is to attach a ledger to the house. The ledger must directly attach to the load bearing framing. The ledger will usually be 2×8 or larger and run the length of the roof width. The ledger may be painted, stained or enclosed in vinyl or aluminum.

    What is the ALRS Louvered Roof warranty?

    American Louvered Roof Systems (ALRS) provides a lifetime warranty for fading for the powder coated finish for all of the aluminum components (posts, beams, rafters, louvers, and brackets). All other components have a specific limited warranty from ALRS (moving parts for 10 years and motors for three years).

  • Metal Patio Covers

    Aluminum and Steel Patio Covers Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the material used for a metal patio cover?

    As a no-maintenance approach to patio covers, manufacturers created what are referred to as “Pan Systems” which are made from roll formed aluminum or steel sheets coming in varying thicknesses/gauges. The specific span that you are looking to achieve determines which product will work for your application considering the snow and wind load requirements. The roof panels come in a couple styles; the first is an interlocking “W” shaped panel measuring 1’ wide, and the second is a “Flat” shaped panel resembling tongue and groove cedar roofing measuring 6” wide. These panels interlock creating a solid roof spanning out to the main beam and posts. There are standard colors and varying finishes available for the panels. We typically use 3×3 steel posts with an aluminum sleeve to match the roof panels and main beam. The main beam will vary pending on desired post spacing.

    How much does it cost?

    The cost is variable depending on size, materials to be used and installation requirements, but $40 per covered square foot provides a good estimating figure for installed cost. Actual costs may vary depending on installation requirements.

    Can it withstand my winds and snow loads?

    YES. All of our metal patio covers are engineered to meet or exceed the building code requirements for wind (110mph or higher) and snow (30lbs per square foot or higher) found in Colorado, Wyoming and Southwest Nebraska.

    How long does it take to get a metal patio cover?

    Plan on 4 to 8 weeks from order date for delivery and installation.

    Can I install it myself?

    We don’t recommend DIY for this cover. However, if you have the necessary skills and equipment you can install it yourself (with some helpers). We will help with design and layout and provide you with the manufacturer’s engineering to assist you with the permitting and construction process. We will also provide you with installation instructions and tips and techniques.

    What about my Home Owners Association?

    We routinely work with HOAs and your HOA approval is normally required. For a fee of $250 we will prepare the information and drawings for your HOA submission. You will need to provide us with a copy of your plot plan (site plan) that shows all existing structures and required setbacks for your property. Ultimately, the customer is the HOA member and will do the actual submission. Our support includes meeting with the HOA, if needed, at no additional cost to you. If you proceed with the purchase of our cover, then this documentation fee will be credited toward your total cost of the roof.

    Do I need a Building Permit?

    YES. You will need a building permit to install a metal patio cover.

    How does your product attach to my home?

    The most common method is to attach and seal against the side of the house by installing a ledger board. The cover must directly attach to the load bearing framing. This board is primed and painted to match the house exterior. We can also look to secure to the roof trusses or on top of the roof if we need to gain overall height clearance.

    What is the warranty?

    Each manufacturer we use offers at least a 10 year warranty on the finish – and a couple offer a limited lifetime transferable warranty on their panels. We would be happy to provide you with specific information from each manufacturer. Our installation is also warrantied for 1 year allowing the structure to see all of the seasons.

  • Pergolas

    Pergolas Frequently Asked Questions

    What variations of a pergola are available?

    The overall styles and materials used for traditional pergolas have evolved over the years providing homeowners with several options to better meet their individual needs. Every backyard is unique and provides differing accents which may better compliment a wood structure over a metal one or vice versa. There are several options for customizing a pergola including decorative hardware, end cap design, architectural cuts and scrolling, curved sections, varying dimensions in material sizes and finishes, etc. We are happy to go through these details and options with you to ensure a quality result.

    How much does it cost?

    The cost is variable depending on size, materials to be used and installation requirements, but $35 per covered square foot provides a good estimating figure for installed cost. Actual costs may vary depending on installation requirements.

    Can it withstand my winds and snow loads?

    YES. The finalized pergola design will meet or exceed the building code requirements for the snow and wind loads that open lattice style pergolas are exposed to. Note that this requirement is different(less) from a solid or closed roof design.

    How long does it take to get a Pergola?

    Plan on 3 to 7 weeks from order date for delivery and installation.

    Can I install it myself?

    Yes. If you would like to pursue a DIY project, please inquire for material pricing. We are happy to chat about and educate you on the installation process. We recommend that you at least have another person to assist with the build and have a general understanding of the building skills needed to install the product. The wood pergolas can be cut and pre-drilled making the installation rather quick and easy. The metal structures will require more time and instruction, but the fundamentals remain the same. If you choose to install a pergola yourself, we want to make sure you are confident in approaching the build and will work with you accordingly.

    What about my Home Owners Association?

    We routinely work with HOAs and your HOA approval is normally required. For a fee of $250 we will prepare the information and drawings for your HOA submission. You will need to provide us with a copy of your plot plan (site plan) that shows all existing structures and required setbacks for your property. Ultimately, the customer is the HOA member and will do the actual submission. Our support includes meeting with the HOA, if needed, at no additional cost to you. If you proceed with the purchase of our cover, then this documentation fee will be credited toward your total cost of the roof.

    Do I need a Building Permit?

    Permit requirements for pergolas can vary in each jurisdiction, but you should assume that a permit will be required. Some jurisdictions do not require a permit for a certain size or a free standing structure. A call to your building department to clarify will be done to avoid any surprises. We always recommend a building permit for any attached structure.

    How does your product attach to my home?

    The most common method is to attach and seal against the side of the house by installing a ledger board. The cover must directly attach to the load bearing framing. This board is primed and painted to match the house exterior.

    What is the warranty?

    Our installation is warrantied for 1 year allowing the structure to see all of the seasons. Product warranty, if available, will depend on the materials chosen and the corresponding manufacturer.

  • Retractable Patio Canopies

    Retractable Deck and Patio Canopies Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a retractable patio canopy?

    We work as a local dealer and installer for Shade Tree out of Ohio who manufacture beautiful retractable patio cover canopy systems. These canopies can be integrated in your existing pergola or designed using their custom frame options. There are literally hundreds of choices for solid or striped fabric colors allowing you to customize the look to your home. There are options for the frame to be of wood, aluminum or vinyl. The fabric sections are removable allowing you to store them in seasons you may not use them. The sections are manually drawn out and locked into place when desired.

    How much does it cost?

    The cost is variable depending on size, frame to be used and the installation requirements, but $50 per covered square foot provides a good estimating figure for installed cost. Actual costs may vary depending on installation requirements.

    Can it withstand my winds and snow loads?

    These structures are not load bearing, but will still be installed to withstand the general wind and snow that the frame is exposed to ensuring a safe construction and long lasting build.

    How long does it take to get a metal patio cover?

    Plan on 5 to 7 weeks from order date for delivery and installation.

    Can I install it myself?

    Yes. If you would like to pursue a DIY project, please inquire for material pricing. We are happy to chat about and educate you on the installation process. We recommend that you at least have another person to assist with the build and have a general understanding of the building skills needed to install the product. If you choose to install this system yourself, we want to make sure you are confident in approaching the build and will work with you accordingly.

    What about my Home Owners Association?

    We routinely work with HOAs and your HOA approval is normally required. For a fee of $250 we will prepare the information and drawings for your HOA submission. You will need to provide us with a copy of your plot plan (site plan) that shows all existing structures and required setbacks for your property. Ultimately, the customer is the HOA member and will do the actual submission. Our support includes meeting with the HOA, if needed, at no additional cost to you. If you proceed with the purchase of our cover, then this documentation fee will be credited toward your total cost of the roof.

    Do I need a Building Permit?

    Permit requirements for pergolas and non-load bearing structures can vary in each jurisdiction, but you should assume that a permit will be required. Some jurisdictions do not require a permit for a certain size or a free standing structure. A call to your building department to clarify will be done to avoid any surprises. We always recommend a building permit for any attached structure.

    How does your product attach to my home?

    The most common method is to attach and seal against the side of the house by installing a ledger board. The cover must directly attach to the load bearing framing. This board is primed and painted to match the house exterior. We can also look to secure to the roof trusses or on top of the roof if we need to gain overall height clearance.

    What is the warranty?

    The aluminum and vinyl frame is warrantied for 10 years, the fabric has a 5 year warranty and the hardware is warrantied for 3 years. Our installation is warrantied for a year allowing the structure to see all of the seasons.

  • Transparent Panels

    Semi-Transparent Patio Cover Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a transparent patio cover?

    The panels are Lexan polycarbonate and come in frosted white or green tint. The Lexan panels are 24” wide and can be up to 24’ long. The system utilizes powder coated, extruded aluminum components and the panels are completely sealed. This cover is typically installed with a slight pitch (or slope) to allow water and snow to drain away from the house. This system is ideal for applications where you want natural light yet will reduce heat and UV below. We typically put a gutter and downspout(s) across the front but this feature can be omitted.

    How much does it cost?

    The cost is variable depending on size and installation requirements but $50 per covered square foot provides a good estimating figure for installed cost. Actual costs may vary depending on installation requirements.

    Can it withstand my winds and snow loads?

    YES. All of our covers are engineered to meet or exceed the building code requirements for wind (110mph or higher) and snow (30lbs per square foot or higher) found in Colorado, Wyoming and Southwest Nebraska.

    How long does it take to get a Bright Cover?

    Plan on 4 to 8 weeks from order date for delivery and installation.

    Can I install it myself?

    We don’t recommend DIY for this cover at this time.

    What about my Home Owners Association?

    We routinely work with HOAs and your HOA approval is normally required. For a fee of $250 we will prepare the information and drawings for your HOA submission. You will need to provide us with a copy of your plot plan (site plan) that shows all existing structures and required setbacks for your property. Ultimately, the customer is the HOA member and will do the actual submission. Our support includes meeting with the HOA, if needed, at no additional cost to you. If you proceed with the purchase of our cover, then this documentation fee will be credited toward your total cost of the roof.

    Do I need a Building Permit?

    YES. You will need a building permit to install this product.

    How does your product attach to my home?

    The most common method is to attach and seal against the side of the house. The cover must directly attach to the load bearing framing. The Bright Cover may also be attached to your house eave or roof.

    What is the Bright Cover warranty?

    The Bright Covers Lexan panels carry their own transferable, limited lifetime warranty for yellowing and for hail. (Consult the Sabic warranty for details – we can provide the exact warranty). Bright Covers warrants the extruded aluminum components (posts and framing) with a transferable, limited lifetime warranty.

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