How to Cover Your Patio


Create An Entertainment Space

A patio is where you extend the front portion of your house usually up to 3 to 4 metres long and it is single storied. The patio can be fully covered or partially covered depending on your entertaining preferences e.g. being able to have dinner outside in the summer even if it’s raining.

Creating a cover can really extend the living and entertaining area of your house and is often overlooked in favour of having sun stream through on to patio.  But if you have a bit more space and love eating, drinking, relaxing outdoors etc then getting the cover sorted is something we would recommend (although not all houses will suit having a patio cover built and may suit something less resource intensive such as a shade sail.

What You Need:

  • Measuring tape
  • Hacksaw
  • Screwdriver
  • Socket and shank
  • Hammer
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Level
  • Ladder
  • Nuts and bolts


  1. After you have sorted out all the right tools for the job and decided on what materials you want to use for your patio, you have to determine the correct angle of your roofline and also the size of the cover for the patio.
  2. After that, you need to set the posts for your patio’s cover and use a few base weights for this step. Then, you will have to take the 4-by-4 posts and align them onto the structure’s base. Ensure that all of the posts are secured to base by using a set of nails.
  3. The next step is to create the patio’s cover support beam. It is easier to do this task with help from your friends. You can place double 2-by-12 boards on top of the roof and after that, you have to cut the ridgeline and start to set the rafters.
  4. Then, make sure to take the measurements of the metal screening whereby it usually comes together with the materials for the patio cover. Next, you have to staple the metal screening to the inside of each of the block.
  5. Finally, start to install your patio’s cover which is when you will also need a friend to do the process. You also need to set up a rain gutter on top of the patio cover where this step is to ensure that if there is any excess water during heavy storms, it will not be able to stay on top of the cover and in the end will damage you patio’s cover.
  6. The last step is to install any required insulation on the patio cover’s underside.
Remember to Check Measurements

Before starting working just remember to re-check all your measurements in terms of: patio size, roof pitch etc so all your hard work does not go to waste.


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