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Frequently Asked Questions: Alumawood™ Do-It-Yourself Aluminum Patio Cover Kits from Shade Structures, Inc.
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Will the finish on Alumawood™ Aluminum Patio Cover Kits peel or fade?

Alumawood™'s finish has a manufacturer's limited lifetime warranty on it! It is guaranteed not to peel, crack or fade for the life of the product.

Where can I see your product?

  • RCP Block and Brick, 25725 Jefferson Avenue, Murrieta, CA
  • Hilton Homewood Suites, pool area, 45-200 Washington Street, La Quinta, CA
  • USA 76 carwash, 39055 Winchester Road, Murrieta, CA 92563
  • Crazy for California, 28545 Front St. Suite 102, Temecula, CA 92590
  • A Park Shade Structure, 4184-4198 Lake Cir Dr. Fallbrook CA 92028

Outside of the Southern, CA area we do not have any displays or locations where you can view the product.

Will I be able to get permits once I have installed the cover?

Always check with your local permitting office or agency before beginning any work on your house. Alumawood™ is a fully engineered product and has an ICBO# which typically satisfies any permitting requirements.

How long does it take to get the aluminum patio cover kit once I have placed an order?

Once we have received payment, you cover should arrive within 2-5 weeks.

How do I get an Alumawood™ aluminum patio cover kit?

Simply fill out our Quick Quote Form. The form has all the information necessary to provide you with a quote for the cover you are interested in.

Can Alumawood™ aluminum patio covers be free standing?

Freestanding patio covers must be constructed using our 3" steel posts set about 2 feet deep in large concrete footings. Attachment directly to a concrete slab is available for freestanding patio covers when posts are set over an existing footing. Please contact us for further information.

Will Alumawood™ aluminum patio covers handle heavy winds?

Typical Alumawood™ patio covers are engineered to handle a 110mph wind load. If your area requires something in excess of this, we are able to increase the capability of the product.

Will Alumawood™ patio covers be able to handle the snow that falls here?

Typical Alumawood™ patio covers are engineered to handle a 10lb. live load. This means that it will support 10 lbs. per square foot of snow or water on it. If your area requires something greater, we are able to increase the weight handling capability.

Can you refer me to a contractor that will install the patio cover?

We do offer contractor referrals in some areas. Please keep in mind that we sell the product as a Do-It-Yourself patio cover kit and any competent contractor would be able to easily install it.

Can I install a ceiling fan on my patio cover?

Ceiling fans may be installed on solid patio covers. The use of a fan beam is required and may be added to your order upon request. Please check sheet 2 of 4 in the General Details section of the engineering. This will let you know what weight and spans the fan beam will carry. The engineering may be downloaded from our "Engineering" page.

How does Alumawood™ aluminum patio covers compare with wood patio covers?

We feel that Alumawood™ patio covers offers the absolute best value for your home improvement dollar. While possibly more expensive than wood (depending on the grade or quality of lumber used), Alumawood™'s benefits over wood far outweigh the possible difference in price.


Features of Alumashade include:

  • Heavy header beam construction
  • Richly textured woodgrain finish
  • Weather resistant paint finish
  • Color-matching fasteners
  • Variety of popular colors
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Which Style Do You Prefer?

Alumawood™ Aluminum Patio Covers: Lattice or Solid