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Attaching patio roof to an existing house

Posted by Doug Lethin

For those living in the Northwest, Upper Mid-West or any place without constant sunshine (Such as our southern neighbors; Arizona or Southern California,) mold is an ongoing problem.

Without proper sunlight and ventilation, roofs and low light areas begin to develop dry rot and other types of fungus.

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Better yet, if you’re considering building a roof over your deck or patio, Google or YouTube is probably the first place you search for instructions.

Nearly every plan (99.5%) and instructional video calls for attaching the cover to an existing house. This involves installation of your posts and mounting the beams to facia right under the gutter or awning.

The picture here is one of the most common methods for attaching patio covers to existing houses.

In some of the beforementioned areas, this presents a huge challenge due to the potential for mold and rot. Absolutely no sunlight can penetrate into the patio covered area except for the sides and far entrance.

In theory, this is a fair design and solution for a covered area. Everyday a home owner in the United States receives a patio roof built in this fashion.

All too often these low sloped and roof to wall connections, over time, tend to leak. What happens when moisture develops between the facia and roof? How about when the beams start to rot? If you live in a heavy snow impact area, chances are, this roof is not pitched. These present substantial challengers for homeowners.

Good News! There’s a better way than our example above.

Enter SkyLift Hardware roof bracket.

Not only does this alleviate the mold and rot problem; defused sunshine can enter for increased enjoyment. Especially if you receive less than 150 days of sunshine a year, why not soak up as much as you can get?

A typical patio can get increased light levels and much better ventilation for summer bbq’s.

This roof bracket is are made of steel pipe, cold rolled steel. The post, or risers, vary in heights. The typical heights are 18" or 24". The saddles are sized for typical beam construction. We have saddles in widths of 3-1/2" and 5-1/2". We also have saddles for rough cedar beams, these come 4" or 6".

Feel free to view all of the technical specs here.

Here’s what we are getting at: no longer does one need to attach their new patio cover with less than ideal methods. If you want to open your patio to more sunlight, preserve your existing gutters and make future re-roofing a snap – rethink old methods and embrace the SkyLift Roof Riser bracket.




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.