Whether you purchase a Patio Cover from us or from one of our competitors make sure the awning you purchase is designed properly - this is very important! All of our Patio Cover kits are carefully designed based on product specific engineering. A permit is usually easy to obtain from your local building department, however verify that your local building dept. does accept the engineering before you purchase a Patio Cover from us.
Verifying local Patio Cover Requirements
Contact your local Building Department or governing agency and ask:
- What is the required live load or snow load* for an Aluminum Patio Cover for my area?
- What is the required Wind Factor (MPH) for an Aluminum Patio Cover for my area?
- Does your dept./agency accept the product specific engineering for the Patio Cover?
* Snow load is based off of ground snow load. The actual roof snow load is based of off a percentage of ground snow load which is equal to roof design load. Make sure when consulting your building department you get this clarified as it will relate directly to design which equal cost.
Tip for contacting your local building dept.
Make sure the Building Inspector is aware that you are not attempting to obtain a permit at this time; you have not purchased anything yet and want to make sure that the engineering report is accepted and you have the correct requirements before you have purchased the awning.
Not Obtaining a Permit?
Patio Covers are an investment to your home; making both your back yard enjoyable and increasing the value of your home.
The last thing you want is to have a patio cover up that is considered to be of no value to your property because it is not engineered properly; if a permit cannot be obtained it will not be considered an asset to a buyer; the building dept. could make you tear down your patio cover if you do not have a permit.
Ensure the patio cover will be safe for your family
Ask the right Questions to verify the awning has been design properly per product engineering requirements.
Product engineering requirements to verify:
- Post, Rafters or Roof Pans are not overspanned
- Posts, Beam, Rafters or Roof Pans are the correct size and thickness
- Footings, Concrete Slab, House Wall or Roof Overhang is strong enough to support the load of the cover including any potential snow loads and wind loads.
Also make sure these figures are for the correct Snow load (also known as live load) for your area. A 10 pound live load will have different post spacing and material thicknesses for a 20, 30 or 60 pound snow load.
This may seem daunting to you at this moment but don't worry, we can help.
When pouring concrete footings make sure you check with you building department regarding your frost line requirements to ensure your footings are deep enough.
We're here to help! - If you have any questions please contact us as this is the part of your purchasing process that needs to be paid close attention to.