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Methods of attaching patio covers to a home

Posted by Doug Lethin

Traditional Methods of installing patio covers to a typical single story home are as follows:

  1. Install the patio cover below the roof eave of the home and attach the ledger to the exterior wall of the home.
  2. Install the patio cover by removing the gutter and attaching the ledger to or use the fascia as the ledger for the patio cover
  3. Install the patio cover by laying the patio cover over the existing roofing on blocks or some method of attaching the roofing at this connection

Each of these traditional methods may have certain challenges

  1. The covers may be low sloped… this low slope application create conditions where the new patio cover materials are susceptible to leaking or debris accumulation
  2. The covers attached to a fascia are often prone to failure due to the inadequate design of a fascia to handle additional loads like a patio cover and the weight of this added structure
  3. The connection of a low slope patio cover to a roof and sometimes with dissimilar materials may create conditions where leakage is prone to occur and cause concealed damages or rot that may be undetected until the damage is significant or irreversible

Now since the introduction of the SkyLift Roof Riser Hardware many of these design challenges are eliminated with this simple, yet effective device.

  1. Simply install the SkyLift Roof Risers through the roofing and attach these to the top of the exterior structural wall. Where the SkyLift Roof Riser passes through the roofing, this is sealed with a standard pipe vent flashing or sometimes called a roof jack. The flashing is standard and creates a weather tight seal. Because the SkyLift is attached to the exterior wall, this is a structural connection and able to carry additional loads.
  2. The SkyLift comes with a detachable beam saddle where the beam can be set above the existing roof without creating attachment or unnecessary flashing details.
  3. The SkyLift Hardware comes in standard duty for lightweight patio cover materials or heavy-duty for shingled covers or heavy beams
  4. The SkyLift roof risers are available in heights of 18” and 24” in the standard duty and 18”, 24”, 30”, or 36” in the heavy duty. Both standard and heavy duty have beam saddles for 4x or 6x beams

Now consumers and contractors can create enjoyable patio covers that will stand the test of time and are structural and sealed.



About the Author


Doug Lethin literally grew up in the building industry. His father launched C&R Remodeling in 1961 in Salem, Oregon, and Doug was born right around the same time. Lethin took over the business in 1989 and invented the SKYLIFT roof riser hardware in 2010.