Open Lattice Patio Covers offer some protection from the sun while still allowing sunlight, rain and visibility. Aluminum Open Lattice Patio covers are light weight and in most cases do not require footings and therefore can be attached directly to your existing cement slab. They come in 8 different colors. There are even 4 different decorative end cuts to choose from.
There are several options to consider when designing an Open Lattice Patio Cover.
- Attachment: Open Lattice Patio Covers may attach to the House Wall, Fascia/Eave or in some cases to the top of the house roof. Wall attachments are the most common, however, in some cases where there is a low hanging roof eave/fascia, you may prefer to attach to the fascia board (Fascia/Eave Mount). This is further complicated if there is a gutter attached to the fascia board. In those cases, to increase the overall height of the patio cover, we can attach a ledger to the top of the roof (Roof Mount) and then attach the rafters to the ledger. Roof mount should only be done on Composite Shingled roof or Wood Shake Roofs. In some rare cases, an attachment may be made to tile roofs.
- Rafter Spacing: Standard open lattice patio covers use a single rafter design with the rafters being spaced from 16” to 24” max apart. A Double Rafter design is where two rafters are used with a 3” gap and then the set are spaced up to 48” apart. This typically gives a more “open” look and makes the overall height of the cover seem higher. With a Double Rafter/Double Beam Design some homeowners request a small 20-24” King Post be installed between the Rafters and the beams. This is strictly optional. Most Rafters are 2” x 6.5” but in larger covers a 3” x 8” rafter may be used.
- Single or Double Beam: This is primarily a design preference. However, the Double Beam design does offer some additional strength and can reduce the number of posts needed. Again there is a 3” gap between the two beams. The beam options are typically a single 3” x 8”, a double 3” x 8”, a double 2” x 6.5” and for extremely low hanging patios a 3” x 3” with steel insert is available. Steel inserts are also available for the 3” x 8” beams, which also may reduce the number of posts needed.
- Lattice Tube Size & Spacing: There are three sizes of lattice tubes. Each has a standard spacing. This may be changed depending upon homeowners wants and needs. There is a 1.5” x 1.5” tube with a 1.5” spacing, a 2” x 2” tube with a 2” spacing and a 2” x 3” tube with a 3” spacing. The standard spacing is done so to offer a 50% shade factor.
- Posts: Our Standard “H” posts are comprised of a 3” x3” post with a 2” x 6.5” foam filled side plate on two sides of the post. Typically, it would be the side facing the house and the side facing away from the house. For a more Decorative look you can choose one of the Roman Columns. Roman columns come Smooth or Textured, Tapered or not, Round or Square in several widths/diameters and heights. Most need to be painted.
- Electrical: Many homeowners add style and functionality to their patio covers by adding Lights, Fans, outlets and switches. A huge benefit of Aluminum Patio Covers is that many of the components are hollow, allowing us to run the necessary electrical wires through without the use of exposed EMT conduit. We offer some lighting options but suggest that the homeowner furnishes the fixtures. This way you can find the right look for your style.