Adding A Roof Overhang Above A Patio Door, Can You Help?


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When building your own roof over a patio, the first thing you need to consider is the material and design of the overhang you're planning to use. Naturally, you'll want the new overhang to be in keeping with the rest of your house, so it may be worth looking up the color scheme and type of material that's been used for other roofing and brick work on your home for some help and inspiration.

Once you've identified your material of choice, you need to start thinking about the layout of your patio. If it's a real sun spot which you use for sunbathing, you might want to use less of an overhang than if you prefer complete shade over your patio area. You'll then need to get precise measurements on the dimensions of your patio so that you can order in the exact amount of material you need to cover the area of space in question. Think about cost at this point as well as style and design. This early stage is the best time to start calculating costs so that you can make the finished overhang fit in with your budget.

Once you've ordered your roofing materials in, the next step is to consider how you'll assemble them all to make up your overhang. It's at this point that you need to decide whether to get a specialist in or do the building work yourself. If you're a competent enough builder or D.I.Y. Fanatic, there's no reason why you can't carry out the whole construction procedure yourself. If you're a little less confident, though, you may want to look into the possibility of getting somebody in to help you.

Whether or not you attach your overhang to your home roof line or assemble it using nuts and bolts will depend on whether you want it to be a permanent fixture to your patio or just a quick summer fix. If you want it to be removable, simply screw it on and use temporary but sturdy roof poles to hold it up. Before you cover the roof with gravel, shingles or your other material of choice, remember to add a layer of plastic sheathing or plywood to the roof of your patio overhang.

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