- Washability of a semi-gloss finish and the decorative appeal of a matte-finish
- Surface that repels oil, dirt, dust and stains, making it easy to keep clean
- Protection from UV, salt, pollution and weathering for a long-lasting, beautiful new look
- Durable surface that resists chalking, fading, cracks, peels, warps and termites
- A premium coating without the premium price
Alumawood patio covers install quickly and easily, saving you time and money. Our shade structures are so durable and attractive, many people choose Alumawood® over traditional wooden or metal shade structures.
Laguna lattice Alumawood covers are a very popular choice for an attractive shade structure. A lattice cover gives you approximately 60% shade and can be configured in many ways to create a unique, stylish way to give you some much needed shade in those hot summer months. Many customers are pleasantly surprised at the improved aesthetic a lattice cover can offer an empty outdoor space.
Lattice covers are generally installed in one of two ways: attached, or free-standing. Attached lattice covers mount one side of the cover to an existing structures wall, eave, or roof. The other side is supported by posts. Usually the posts will be anchored to a concrete slab with hardware called wedge anchors. If you have pavers or wish to have the posts on a surfafce other than a concrete slab we may need to pour a footing for the
posts. Post spacing is determined by several factors such as over width and projection of the cover but is usually around 10’ apart. Much longer distances may be spanned with the posts by adding steel inserts inside the posts and the header. Distances up to 22’ may be spanned offering minimal post interference and maximum usable space. Free-standing lattice covers will have four or more posts completely supporting the shade cover. In order for this type of cover to be structurally sound, it is necessary to set a steel clover leaf post in a concrete footing. The Alumawood post would then slide over the steel post creating a very solid, free-standing lattice cover. Typically the rafters or joists of the lattice cover are mounted to the eave or a ledger board and rest on top of the header with specially made mounting brackets. The ledger board is used when mounting the cover to the side of a wall. The ledger is an Alumawood 2×6 that has real wood inserted inside and is then structurally mounted to the wall by lag bolting it into the studs. This will result in a structually sound cover. Note the real wood is completely incased in Alumawood and therefore is not at risk for rot or termite damage.
Lattice tubes or battons are then mounted atop the rafters/joists and are what create the shade. Lattice tubes are available in 3 sizes, 1-1/2” square, 2” square, and 2”x3”. The battons are usually installed with spacing equal to the size of the batton used, however closer spacing is an option and will result in more shade. Most patio covers end up having a square or rectangular shape overall, however custom designs are our specialty. By being creative, we can give the patio a curved edge or complex curves can also be achieved which can give a very elegant custom look to the cover. We love to be creative so ask about how we can customize your cover! Lattice covers have optional upgrades available. You could add a ceiling fan for some air flow and light. Post lights can be installed on either the house side, yard side, or both sides of the posts for additional lighting. You could also install a space heater for comfort in the cooler months. Columns are also available in lieu of the standard posts and add a beautiful accent to any patio cover.