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Won’t that thing fly off the roof?

Posted by Doug Lethin

We have been asked if a SkyLift Hardware supported patio cover will fly off the house. The basis of the question is centered on the perception that a SkyLift supported “fly-over” cover is like a wing and will lift off the roof. We use the word “Lift” in the SkyLift name to describe the lifting of the patio roof over the primary house roof by the means of the riser column of the hardware and not to indicate a “Lift Off”.

The question is answered in several ways.

First: The shape of a “fly-over” SkyLift supported...

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Determining proper beam sizes

Posted by Doug Lethin

When determining beam sizes for patio covers there are several things to consider:

The easiest way to calculate how far a beam can reach is to take the depth of the beam and convert this to feet. For instance a 4x6 beam will reach 6’, a 4x8 beam will reach 8’, and so on. This is a simple rule of thumb, but there are many other things to consider when planning proper sizes and beam spans…

  1. What is the type of covering you will be using?
    • If the covering is polycarbonate/plastic or fiberglass the...

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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...

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The SkyLift Effect

Posted by Doug Lethin

The weather resistance that is created by the overlapping roof designs using SkyLift Hardware may vary. I prefer Patio covers using SkyLift hardware to match a similar roof pitch as the existing structure. This may be matching roof pitch may be approximate but the steeper roof slope of the new patio cover has several advantages:

  1. Debris and rain shed off easier
  2. There is a nice airy and open feel under the new cover
  3. In summer weather heat is quickly vented out of the opening between...

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Install Outdoor Ceiling Fan on Pergola

Posted by SkyLift Hardware

We periodically receive questions from our potential customers which prompt either a new YouTube video on our channel (you should check it out!) or a blog post.

In this case, one of our...

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Sky Lift Hardware - Solar Builder Magazine

Posted by Sky Lift Hardware

Sky Lift Hardware was recently featured in Solar Builder Magazine. View the article below and see how home owners are getting every bit possible out of their residential solar projects. 

If you are considering going solar AND building and building a patio cover, why not have a solar patio cover as seen below? It's a no brainer. 

 

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What Is A Cantilever?

Posted by SkyLift Hardware

We try and post regular instructional videos to our Youtube channel. Below is one of our most recent videos and the corresponding transcription. "What Is A Cantilever?"

Video Transcription Below:

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Can SkyLift Brackets be Used for Pergolas?

Posted by SkyLift Hardware

SkyLift is used for a lot of projects, flyover patio covers. One of the other uses people are finding for Skylift is pergolas. You take a pergola beam and typically you might want the pergola beam to come out from the house rather than parallel with the house.

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How Many SkyLift Brackets Do I need?

Posted by SkyLift Hardware

Check out the new video released by Sky Lift Hardware providing a short overview on "How Many SkyLift Brackets Do I need?" 

We do receive regular phone calls and e-mails on this topic and would like to share some tips on determining how many Sky Lift Brackets one might need to construct the perfect patio cover or pergola project. 

Enjoy!

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Green Okie and Sky Lift Roof Riser

Posted by Sky Lift Hardware

Take a look at some of the projects Green Okie Oklahoma Western Red Cedar Pergolas has completed using the Sky Lift roof riser brackets. Green Okie builds free standing pergolas and legless pergolas using Sky Lift hardware. The three photos below are a small representation of the work they have completed. Feel free to view the gallery page for more Sky Lift hardware projects. 

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Will SkyLift Roof Risers Work With Reverse Pitch Patio Covers?

Posted by Sky Lift Hardware

The short answer is, yes. Sky Lift Hardware roof riser brackets will work with reverse pitch patio covers. Always consult a qualified engineer who is skilled and well versed of the codes in your area. 

 

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New Unboxing Video, Heavy Duty, 3-1/2" Saddle, 18"

Posted by Sky Lift Hardware

Hello Everyone, 

Sky Lift Hardware roof riser "fly over" brackets just released another unboxing video. See all of the parts and pieces for the Heavy Duty, 3-1/2" Saddle, 18" bracket. 

 

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SkyLift Hardware Shines at JLC Live Northwest 2017

Posted by SkyLift

The SkyLift Roof Riser hardware system was a huge hit at Oregon JLC Live Northwest 2017!

Hundreds of conference goers and exhibitors were able to see how the SkyLift Roof Riser expands natural light, creates better air circulation and cuts out typical patio cover rot.

Thank you Parr Lumber for accompanying SkyLift in a shared booth.

Check out some of the many ways this roof riser bracket transforms your patio cover or pergola!

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Attaching Pergola to an Existing Roof

Posted by Doug Lethin

Outdoor living is a great way to enjoy a backyard. Throughout the southwest United States, there is good weather all year long, encouraging people to make the most of their backyard. This includes being able to grill, entertain and generally relax outdoors. Providing shade for your back patio is also a necessity because of the extreme heat in many instances.

As Spring turns to Summer and the nights become longer, homeowners are looking for a solution to shield against the never-ending sun. That is, if you’re lucky. In...

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Top Four Ways of Providing Shade to Your Back Patio

Posted by Doug Lethin

Outdoor living is a great way to enjoy a backyard. Throughout the southwest United States, there is good weather all year long, encouraging people to make the most of their backyard. This includes being able to grill, entertain and generally relax outdoors. Providing shade for your back patio is also a necessity because of the extreme heat in many instances.

The summer can be especially brutal in places like Phoenix, Houston, and across Southern California. Check out some of the various ways to provide shade that also fit...

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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...

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SkyLift: a gentle breeze on a warm, sunny day.

Posted by Doug Lethin

The air under a traditional patio cover is trapped, and becomes heated greater than the outside air. The heated air under a patio cover wants to escape upward but is prevented from doing so by the roof of the cover and its connection to the house. This in turn, creates a sort of heat trap. All of this is because of the principle of heat conduction and convection.

The warm air under the patio cover wants to mix with the outside air until temperature equilibrium is reached between air under the cover and the outside air. This...

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About the Author

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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.