How to attach your patio cover to your house.

Every home and situation is unique; read below for the various attachment options for securing your cover. If you need help, feel free to contact us for guidance and support.

Attaching to Wall

Popular on 2-story homes or homes on the gable end wall, a wall hanger attaches directly to your siding; in most cases, Pergola Lattice covers may need a ledger board.

How do I attach a solid patio cover to the wall?

Patio Covers are Lag Bolted directly to the wall with a C-Channel Hanger that the roof panels fit into and are secured to the Hanger top and bottom with Sheet Metal Screws (SMS). The Hanger is bolted directly through wood siding, stucco, or Hardie plank siding into the conventional wood framed wall with 2″ x studs.

Ledger boards are unnecessary for solid patio covers, the included wall hanger is all that you will need.

What kind of sidings can the patio cover attach to?

The hanger can be attached to typical siding, such as wood, stucco, or vinyl; also to concrete, cement block, or brick walls with special masonry anchors.
A ledger board is unnecessary for solid roof patio covers; installation is more manageable without the ledger board, and it’s one less thing you must purchase.

How much space do I need to install the hanger?

The wall hanger is 2 1/2″ tall on the non-insulated cover, 3″ for the insulated cover and 3 1/2″ for the traditional aluminum awnings. Wall Hanger for solid covers.

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How do I attach a Pergola to the wall?

Pergola lattice covers use hidden, inside hanger brackets to secure the rafters to the wall of your home or a ledger board.

You have the option to directly secure your wall where continuous framing exists, such as the “top plate” on a two-story home, or if your rafters align with the studs in your wall.

In cases where your rafters do not align with the studs and there is no constant framing, you can install a 2″ x 8″ Douglas Fir Wood Ledger Board on your wall.

This ledger board secures to the studs inside your wall creating a continuous mounting location for the rafter brackets.

The rafters easily slide over the brackets, ensuring that the hanger bracket remains hidden after installation.

Attaching to Homes Fascia Board

For single story homes a fascia attachment helps to maximize ceiling height by attaching to the highest point on your home. Attaching to the fascia is a great option if you don’t have a gutter; and if you have an existing gutter you can remove your existing gutter and utilize the patio covers built-in gutter and downspouts.

How do I attach a solid patio cover to the fascia?

The hanger is secured to the fascia board with #14 x 1 1/2″ lag bolts, and the roof panels are secured to the hanger. Flashing is included to run up under your fascia drip edge so water runs from your home’s roof down onto the patio cover roof panels.

Is my eave strong enough to support a patio cover?

The Eave must be strong enough to support the extra load of the patio cover plus the potential load of rainfall, snow, and wind uplift. Measure your truss size, spacing, and how far your eave projects; based on your patio cover and your home’s fascia, we can let you know if it’s strong enough.

The fascia board must be at least two inches thick, allowing enough space for the hanger to attach.

What if my fascia board is not plumb, straight up and down?

The non-insulated covers have a special adjustable hanger as an upgrade that you can order with your kit that will adjust to your fascia; the special hanger works like a piano hinge.

These two pieces are the adjustable hanger for non-plumb fascia boards. The two pieces (A-Rail and J-Hanger) work as a hinge to allow you to set the hanger to the correct angle.

The insulated cover does not have a special adjustable hanger, but a trim board can be used to make the face of the facia board straight.

Preparing your home fascia board

Your home’s fascia board needs to be correctly secured to the rafters. The use of a 90-degree bracket will create a mechanical connection. These “A34” clips can be purchased locally and are inexpensive; the clips attach to the back side of the fascia board and the side of the rafter.

Roof overhang with Closed Soffit

If you have a closed soffit and your rafters are not exposed from the bottom side of your overhang, the A34 clips cannot be used without access to your rafters. An alternate solution is to run lag bolts through the fascia board into the end of your homes’ trusses.

Pergola Lattice Installation

The rafters attach directly to your home’s fascia board; the fascia board does need to be at least two inches thick and 6 1/2″ tall so there is enough room for the rafters.

What do I need to do if my fascia is angled?

If your fascia board is at an angle, not straight up and down, the rafters must be trimmed to match the angle of the fascia board on-site during your installation. The cuts can easily be made with a chop saw.

 

Rooftop Attachment

There are two types of rooftop attachment methods, either Wood Ledger or Header Beam. Installing your cover to the roof top expands the functionality of your outdoor space.

Install a ledger board or header beam on your roof using heavy-duty brackets for added height.

This is particularly beneficial for single-story track homes with low roof heights, as attaching to the wall or fascia of your home may feel cramped and restrictive.

Rooftop attachments cool your patio by allowing hot air to escape through the air gap between the header beam and your rooftop. The brackets are securely lag bolted to the roof and sealed with butyl caulking.

Attaching to your rooftop is not recommended in snowy conditions, as heavy snow can accumulate behind the header and create a snow dam, placing unnecessary stress on your patio cover.

Wood Ledger Board

The ledger board is attached to the roof with “L” brackets, the brackets must be bent so the new ledger board to match the home’s roof pitch so the ledger board is plumb.
The Brackets are then Lag Bolted to the Roof and sealed watertight.

An optional aluminum ledger board cover is available to protect your board from the elements so that it will last.

Note: The rooftop brackets, wood ledger board, and lag bolts are not included with the kit, you must purchase those items locally at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

Ledger Board: 2” x 8″ Douglas Fir (#2 or better)
Roof Brackets: 8″ Corner Brackets, 1-1/4″ wide, 3/16″ thick – ASTM A36 Steel
Hardware: Qty. of 3 – #14 x 1.5″ per bracket and Qty. of 3 – #14 x 3.5″ screws per bracket.

Rooftop Header Beam with Riser Brackets.

Our header beam, accompanied by beam riser brackets, offers a seamless and easy-to-install solution for mounting roof patio covers.

Whether you attach the brackets on top of composition roofing or beneath concrete roof tiles, our versatile roof brackets ensure a sturdy connection to the roof rafter.

With a 5-1/2″ elevation above the roofing, the roof brackets increase the height of your patio cover and enhance air ventilation, effectively reducing the patio temperature by allowing heat to escape between the patio cover and your home’s roof.

The heavy-duty bracket plate and riser plate are made from 3/8″ thick steel and feature a 1/4″ thick saddle.

They securely attach to your home’s trusses with 1/4″ lag bolts and seal tightly with butyl caulking.

Under Eave Attachment

The attachment is for customers who need extra height but aren’t able to secure brackets on top of their home’s roof.
The header beam is secured under the eave to the trusses with heavy-duty brackets.

Freestanding Attachment

The Freestanding is an excellent choice for customers who cannot attach the cover to their home or desire a secluded space within their yard.

This attachment is particularly suitable for outdoor areas such as kitchens or hot tubs separate from the main house.

It is important to note that the design of the freestanding attachment is better suited for advanced DIY homeowners or contractors as the posts must be embedded into concrete footings.

Instead, the posts are securely set into new concrete footings to ensure optimal stability. It is worth mentioning that the freestanding attachment requires more labor and may incur slightly higher material costs compared to an attached kit.

If feasible, we recommend attaching your patio cover as a cost-saving and labor-efficient alternative.

Without a house to connect to, the strength of the freestanding cover’s posts comes from being embedded into concrete, which effectively resists side-to-side motion.

The size of the footings may vary depending on the specific kit but typically starts around 24″ x 24″ x 24″.

Will my patio cover that attaches to my house require footings?

A majority of the patio covers that attach to the home will not require concrete footings and can attach directly to the concrete slab with post brackets and concrete wedge anchors.

Custom Attachments

Some alternate attachments are available; if you have a design that does not fit into the standard attachments, make a simple line drawing, and we will let you know if it can be done.