Most covers ordered are 8’ – 10’ high. Your posts will need to be cut onsite to fit your exact requirements. In most cases, the 12’ height is too high and you will lose some shade under the cover as the sun comes in at an angle.
Single header applications have the 3×8 header sitting on top of the post. A double header application has the headers attached to the sides of the post. On an 8’ post, the top of a single header will be 8’-8” the top of the double header will be 8’-0”.
Craftsman Style posts require a double header, we include double headers in the kit. Columns look better with a double header and we recommend them. Standard posts look great with either single or double header.
Installation instructions are available online at alumashade.com. They may be downloaded anytime off our Instructions page. Any information in the engineering will always supersede written instructions. It is important to consult both the instructions and the engineering when building your cover.
It is best to get permits, before ordering your cover. Always check with your local building department or permitting agency before beginning any work on your house. Alumashade™ is a fully engineered product and has an ICBO# which typically satisfies any permitting requirements.
Our standard covers have a 10lb live (snow) load and a 110 mph wind load. Our engineering accommodates up to 50 lb snow loads & 130 mph wind loads. With site-specific engineering, we can design covers to even higher loads. The cost for site-specific engineering is billed on a case to case basis.
If you need higher than our standard 10/110 loads simply enter your required snow and wind loads in the “loads” section in our designer.
Once you send in your completed Alumashade design we will make sure all aspects of your cover comply with our engineering. We will then confirm the estimated price of your cover and send it back with the option to “buy now”, “ask more questions” or “save for later”.
Multilevel kits are available. There is usually a very minimum upcharge for these types of covers. We do recommend overlapping the covers 1’ to 2’ depending on the height difference on the covers. i.e. if you have an overall 10’ x 20’ cover that is multilevel you would need 10’ x 21’ of material to allow for a 1’ overhang between the two covers. There are many ways to achieve a multilevel cover. This type of cover will require you to send in a drawing and collaborate on the design with us.
Combination covers are available. There is usually a very minimum or no upcharge for these types of covers. These covers can be a combination of lattice, solid, adjustable and AlumaVue types. This type of cover will require you to send in a drawing and collaborate on the design with us.
Ceiling fans and recessed lights may be installed on solid patio covers. We don’t have engineering that will support a fan mount or recessed lights on lattice patio covers. The use of a fan beam is required on the solid patio covers and may be added to your order upon request. Please check engineering this will let you know what weight and spans the fan beam will carry. The engineering may be downloaded from our Engineering page.
Alumawood® is a registered brand name invented by Amerimax Building Products. The scientific description for “Alumawood” is a wood grain-embossed aluminum alloy 3004-H36, 3015-H25, and 6063-T6 (smooth brackets). It is most often used as a low-maintenance, lifetime-warrantied, lightweight alternative for wood shade structures.
You will often find these terms used interchangeably: Alumawood, Alumashade, Weatherwood, Elitewood, Classic Lattice, DuraCool and Ultra Lattice. “Alumawood” is a commonly used name to describe wood-embossed aluminum tubing used to build shade structures.
Amerimax uses a weather-resistant, anticorrosive AlumaShield® paint system with Teflon® additive that withstands the harshest conditions, including sun, rain, wind, and extreme temperatures. This paint system was specially formulated for Amerimax by Dupont.
Duralum uses a low-maintenance, durable DuraTough Coating™ surface protection finish. DuraTough Coating™ is universally recognized for its non-stick properties, heat resistance and resistance to corrosion.
Four Seasons uses a multi-step coating system chemically cleans the aluminum sheet followed by a baked-on primer coat. The top coat paint system has a Teflon® additive that helps the cover withstand the harshest conditions.
All Manufacturers offer a limited lifetime warranty on the paint. Warranty registration information will be provided upon request.
1) For moderate dirt an occasional washing with clear water using a garden hose and soft-bristled brush is recommended. A long-handled, car-washing brush is ideal for this purpose.
2) For a heavier dirt accumulation wash in the manner indicated above, but use the following solution:
▪ 1/3 cup detergent (e.g., Tide®)
▪ 2/3 cup trisodium phosphate (e.g., Soilax®)
▪ 1 gallon water
For more details about our cleaning see our technical specs page.
Outside of the Southern, CA area, we do not have any displays or locations where you can view the product.
We do offer contractor referrals in some areas. Just send us a request and we will send you a list of installers in your area. 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.
We feel that Alumawood™ patio covers offer the absolute best value for your home improvement dollar while being virtually care free. Alumashade will not warp, crack or be eaten by termites. You won’t ever need to paint your patio cover again.
The insulated roof is quieter in the rain. It looks the same, like tongue and groove wood both top and bottom. Our insulated roof is engineered to be walked on for maintenance.
The solid roof looks different on the top than on the bottom. The top has 6” or 8” channels. The solid looks like a metal roof from the top, like a wood roof from the bottom. The solid is not engineered for walking on. It can be walked on if a 4×8 sheet of plywood is placed on top of the cover.
The lattice tubes must be removed and the solid panels installed in their place. This method is cost effective. There is no need to replace the whole kit. You may have to modify to give the cover slope for rain runoff.