Frequently Asked Questions about Alumawood Patio Kits

Get started on your research for your new patio cover with our comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about Alumawood patio kits. Let us know if you have any additional inquiries.

Can I install this myself?
Yes, you can install an aluminum DIY patio kit if you’re handy.

Our Alumawood patio cover kits are easy to assemble and come with all the necessary materials, including fasteners and brackets.

Most of our customers can install their patio cover in one weekend, depending on the size and complexity of the cover.

Visit our help getting started page to learn more about installing your aluminum patio cover kit.

Do instructions come with the kit?

Yes, you will receive installation instructions to build your kit.

Plus, you can always contact us and ask questions.

With over 24 years of experience, we have assisted thousands of DIY homeowners in successfully installing their patio covers, and we are here to assist you as well.

Learn more about patio cover instructions.

Will I have technical support?
Yes, part of our service is to help you with any questions you have during your build. Please feel free to call, text or email. We are here to help.

Text: 530-762-1643

Call: 800-531-5994


What sizes are available?
Alumawood patio covers are available in over 1000 sizes, not to mention custom sizes that allow you to wrap around existing bay windows or wall offsets.

Depending on your application, projection can range from 6′ up to 20′ or more.

Length can be from 6′ to 70′ or as long as you want.

Learn more about Alumawood sizes.

How do I measure?

Measure the area you want to be covered in terms of projection and length. For attached covers, the projection is the distance from the attachment point (wall, ledger board, fascia, etc.), and the length is the distance the Cover will run along the house. Freestanding covers use the same terms; however, projection is the distance the roofing material runs (i.e., roof pans or rafters) across the beams, and the length is the distance of the beam line. Learn how to measure your patio cover.

What options do I have for the attachment of the Cover?

To the wall, fascia board (if eave/fascia is strong enough) and the rooftop (if eave is strong enough and you’re not in a snow zone) or Freestanding with the Posts poured into new concrete footings (cannot be bolted to slab, Deck or footings).

Learn more about Alumawood attachment options.

My wall is not straight. Can the cover work around that?

Yes, typically. In most applications, the hanger or rafters can be cut to fit around bay windows, chimneys, or a recessed wall, for example. Call or fax us a line sketch to verify.

How much fall or pitch do the covers need?

Solid covers require 1/4″ to 1″ per Engineering; we recommend 1/4″ per foot for areas that don’t receive snow. For Areas that do get snow, we recommend 1/2″ per foot for better drainage during snow storms. The lattice cover does not require a pitch; however, a slight pitch is recommended so water does not stand on top of the beam, rafter, and lattice.

What do I do? I've got a brick wall?

Holes are drilled into the brick, and inserts are installed into the holes, then the hangers are bolted on with a machine bolt.

How are the posts connected to concrete?

For attached covers, two holes are drilled into the concrete for each post (with a masonry bit); the anchors provided are used to mount the post brackets directly to the concrete slab or footing.

The 3″ square posts are then slid over the top of the secured post brackets, and a 3/8-inch bolt, washer, & nut (provided) are used to attach the post to the bracket.

Freestanding covers require the posts to be set in new concrete footings.

Where are the Customer Pick-Up Locations?

Sacramento, CA. – Romoland, CA., Phoenix, AZ. and Salem, Oregon.

Can I secure posts to something other than concrete?

Yes. The posts can be attached to a Wood Deck. However, you need to ensure the Deck can handle the additional uplift and download of a patio cover.

Can I hang a Ceiling Fan?

Yes. However, a fan beam is required to support the extra load, and the awnings have no UL Approval, so an Electrician must do all the work.

Note: No engineered design is available for installing Lattice structures’ ceiling fans.

Is there an overhang past the post line?

Alumawood covers do cantilever past the posts and generally beam about one foot. Traditional “W” Covers do not have an overhang as the posts attach to the gutter/header; however, an optional set back beam can be installed to have an overhang.

Does the product come with Engineering?

Yes, engineering is available for the patio covers.

What is Alumawood made of?

Alumawood is made from aluminum, which is the best material on the market for building products that are exposed to the elements such as a patio cover.

What colors are available for Alumawood?

Alumawood is available in White, Desert Sand, Mojave Tan, Latte, Adobe, Spanish Brown, and Graphite.