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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Patio Roofs DIY

With summer just around the corner, building a patio roof is a great addition to your home. Not only does it give you additional space, it's great to just use to relax. But with it being a out door space you must take the elements into consideration. Over head canopies are a great choice with some lattice for details. Or build your own, joining it to your existing roof. Any outside roof is the most dependable application to keep you from rain or snow, during any activity.

Let's do a DIY patio roof, its not that hard if you are handy around the house. The first thing you will need is a local permit, since the roof will attach to your home.

The first step after that is measure and do a diagram for the area the patio roof will then cover. Details of the slope and your extension for your new patio roof is important.

Next step is to dig a hole to pour the concrete for your footing, this holds your roof supports. The hole should be 3 x 8 inches wide.

Then with your premixed concrete pour it into the hole. Your anchor bolt is then inserted 7 inches deep and you will hold it in place until your concrete sets. Use two of these at each end.

You will want to place a galvanized column for the base with one foot support at the top of your concrete footing. Make sure to separate the support beam for your roof and the concrete.

You want to anchor your support beam, make sure you used treated wood. Your support beam should be 6 x 8 inches in height.

Then take any laminate or brick off at the top, under your existing roof.

You want to than attach a ledger lag blot having it penetrate the existing top plate or your studs.

Next attach galvanized metal joists/rafter hangers to your ledger.

You want to extend your roof with 2 x 4 boards, to your new support beams at the end of your concrete slab.

Make sure you create a slope to allow rain to drain off. Not letting your over hang for the new roof to be any closer than two feet from the edge of your property.

Use support beams with galvanized brackets for every ten to twelve inches.

You will cover your support beams with a 3/4 inch treated plywood.

Next covering your underlayment and then extend it to 18 inches from your new roof to your existing roof.

You can then cover with the roofing material you like.