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Patio Cover FAQ

We've put together some answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about patio covers. If you don't find the answer you're looking for here, contact us to talk to our knowledgeable staff.

Can patio covers take the weight of snow?


Modern’s patio covers take snow loads into consideration and are constructed with these conditions in mind.

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Can I enclose my patio cover and make it a sunroom?

In order to reduce the buildup of condensation in an enclosed structure you must take the appropriate steps in insulating. Patio covers can be enclosed, however a combination of insulated ceiling and wall panels is required. You cannot simply use insulated wall panels with a v-pan roof as significant condensation will build up on the roof and rain down on the inside of the structure. 

If you’re considering enclosing a patio cover (roof with open sides) then it’s best to plan for the inclusion of walls at the layout stage and build the patio cover with insulated roof panels in order to avoid replacing at a later date.

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How do you attach a patio cover to a house?


Typically a patio cover is attached to the roof fascia. Gutter sections can be removed and the flashing installed in order to create a waterproof bridge between the house roof and the patio cover roof. As there is a built in gutter within the patio cover, any water running of the roof is now taken care of. Under soffit and roof mounting patio covers are also standard approaches to securing a patio cover to a residence.

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How big of a patio cover can you make?


Patio covers can be constructed to cover a small entrance way and span as many feet wide as you like. The projection of the patio cover in combination with its width has to be taken into consideration. Larger beams and post can be introduced in those situations where larger patio covers are being sought.

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Will a patio cover make it dark in my house?


Combinations of skylights with V-pan (aluminum gauge paneling) will ensure that the shelter from the rain and sun does not inhibit all the light that you are still looking for in your home. These skylights can be laid out at the design stage to line up with windows and doors in order to maximize this sunlight.

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