Roofs primer

We carry an extensive line of prefabricated, engineered roofs and covers. Aluminum, glass, polycarbonate and combinations thereof, insulated and non insulated. Below see a brief description of material, configuration and uses, with links to the specific product pages pages.

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Non-insulated roofs / patio covers

We carry two styles of non-insulated aluminum prefabricated roof lines: 8″ and 24″ interlocking panels. Both can be used for same purpose, they differ by appearance, options and price.

NP8, NP8 SL – 8″ panel system

Contemporary look, streamlined flat bottom, 8″ interlocking pan. Thicknesses.032″ and .040″. Can take 4″ skylites. Posts may be used as part of our structural aluminum railings. Comes with large integral gutter.

Front end gutter, hanging rail and side fascias made of extruded aluminum. Smooth enamel baked finish.

SUM10 – 8″ pan roof interlocking flat panel simulation.

 

SUM20-  8″ pan roof interlocking panel simulation, with skylite insert.

 

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SUM30 – bottom view of 8″ flat bottom panel roof.

 

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SUM40 – bottom view of 8″ flat bottom panel roof with skylite inserts.

 

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SUM50 – top view, 8″ pane roof panels.

 

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WP24, WP24 SL –  24″ panel system

Classic shallow ‘W’ look, 24″ interlocking pan. Thicknesses.030″.  Can take alternating 24″ polycarbonate skylite panels. Comes with integral gutter.
Gutter, wall hanger and side fascias made of extruded aluminum. Smooth enamel baked finish.

SUM80 – 24″ panel simulation.

 

SUM90 – 24″ panel simulation with skylite panel.

 

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SUM100 – detail view ‘W” pane roof

 

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SUM110 – detail view ‘W” pane roof with 24″ skylite panel.

 

Patio cover configuration More on patio covers

Carport configuration More on carports

 

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Insulated

Insulated roofs

Used in enclosed areas or at high snow load due to their superior strength.

Two roof cores:

Foam core roof – double aluminum skin with foam core. Available in 3″, 4.5″ and 6″ thickness.

Honeycomb core roof – double aluminum skins with nested hexagon resin impregnated craft cells. The honeycomb is stronger than the foam roof.

Stock width is 3′, length up to 22′. Panels pre-cut to desired roof size. Outside looks of both is same  – stucco finish. Standard colour white with available optional sand colour. Roof assembly comes with large integral gutter.

Gutter, hanging rail and side fascias made of extruded aluminum.

Panels are connected to each other with couplers or interlocking tongue and groove.

 

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SUM150 – insulated roof bottom view.

 

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SUM160 – insulate roof gutter detail. Similar gutter is used for rest of solid roofs.

Insulated roof page More on insulated roofs

Clear

Clear roofs / patio covers

Available in insulated and non insulated configuration, with two distinctive support system.

Heavy load system

5″ high heavy duty aluminum rafter, thermally broken. Can be used with:

32mm or16mm (1-1/4″ or 5/8″) thick  insulated glass.
32mm or 16mm (1-1/4″ or 5/8″) thick multiwall polycarbonate panels.
Non-insulated glass.

All parts are extruded aluminum, smooth white finish. Gutter is optional.

 

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SUM200- tinted non-insulated glass roof in HD brace system.

 

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SUM210- translucent “ice” polycarbonate  insulated roof in HD brace system.

 

Standard duty system

Same support system as the 24″ panel solid aluminum roofs.  5″ ‘T’ bar system, can carry 10mm multiwall plycarbonate panels, laminated or tempered glass.

All parts are extruded aluminum, smooth white or black finish.

SUM250 – clear roof simulation – ‘T’bars and clear panels.

 

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SUM260 – glass non-insulated roof in standard brace system.

 

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SUM270 – 10mm polycarbonate clear non-insulated roof in standard brace system.

 

Clear insulated roofs More on clear insulated roofs

Non-insulated clear roofs More on clear non-insulated roofs

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Pergola

Pergola covers

Where all other covers are supplied with support system, our pergola covers are installed over existing structure. Cover kit is made of multiwall polycarbonate sheets supplied at 4′ wide and cut to desired length, with matching couplers, trim and other installation paraphernalia. Sheets are available in 8mm, 10mm and 16mm thick- 5/16″, 3/8″ and 5/8″ respectively, in clear, “ice” or tinted.

 

Polycarbonate cover existing pergola.

SUM300 – Polycarbonate cover existing pergola.

 

Polycarbonate cover over a solarium rafters.

SUM310 – Polycarbonate cover over a solarium rafters.

 

More about pergola covers

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Awnings

Traditional permanent aluminum awnings.

Made of heavy .025″ pre-painted aluminum, with 5″ interlocking panes for strength. Can be used without support at up to 4′ projection with 3′ drop. Smaller drop or up to 12′ projection require post or column support.

Top offered in many colours, bottom always white.

Used for front and back porch covers, door hoods and window awnings.

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SUM350

More on aluminum awnings

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Support system

All roof and canopy systems use similar support system. As for the roofs, our support system is modular, simple to install and at matching strength. System is made of:

Wall hanger

All our wall hanger are self adjusting, meaning that it lends itself to the required slope of the roof. Further, if the ground heaves, the adjustable hanger will shift accordingly with no damage to roof. Needless to say that this feature is applicable for open space applications , not for enclosed areas such as sunrooms or enclosures where foundations need to be solid.

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SUM400 – typical wall hanger.

 

Posts

Posts are 3″ square aluminum tubes, offered at .060″, .090 and .125″ wall thickness. Some posts can be used as part of our structural aluminum railings.  All are made of industrial grade aluminum and are coated with matching enamel paint.

Cross beams

For most configurations we use posts similar to the beams, same material and wall thickness.  The 12″ panel style roof use 3″ ‘I’ beam for regular span and 5″ ‘I’ beam where wider span needed. For extreme spans we also offer a 3″ x 8″ crossbeam. The 10″ panel roof uses ‘C’ style cross beam.

 

Connecting brackets

Standard brackets are U shaped, made of either aluminum or steel. For free-standing configurations and certain applications we offer a heavy duty footing bracket.

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SUM410 – Typical floor / top bracket.

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SUM420 – high load floor bracket.

 

Support span

SUM430 – support systems: left – simple span, right – complex span.

Cover hanging

Best is to hang cover on a solid, appropriate wall. When wall is too low for front clearance, there are two ways around it. Both ways needs to be cleared with your local municipality, and existing structure strength verified. We strongly recommend this to be done by professionals only, under the local code acceptance.

option 1 – hang the cover on the existing roof. See picture below.
Option 2 – reinforce fascia – see more.

Roof installed over existing house roof

SUM450- patio cover installed above existing roof, clearance allows snow and rain to drain to gutter below.

 

Gutter

Save for our insulated clear roof structure, all our roofs come with integral gutter. it is either extruded or roll formed, see specific roof details.

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SUM460 – typical gutter detail.

 

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Mounting

On a lean-to cover there are two mounting areas – wall and floor. Both need be suitable and strong enough to support the cover against snow and wind load – down pressure and uplift accordingly. A typical 20′ x 10′ carport, in a mild snow area, should be able to hold over 5,000 lbs – a weight of two small cars.

We can not emphasize enough the importance of proper mounting to both wall and ground. Wall hanger needs appropriate fasteners for each type of wall, and sometimes also added plate for reinforcement. Floor brackets need attached to solid and sound footing. A good, professionally built code deck can be used. Proper concrete slab on correct footing may be used as well.  Poorly made, deteriorating, or “handyman special” decks should not be used. All types of tiles and bricks, interlocking or not, are not sufficient. Anchoring  the posts to bad surface  will send the new cover to Kansas with the first storm.

If no proper footing, foundation piers (Sonotubes) need be drilled for and poured, to comply with code.  There are other ways such as power bolts or ground screws that can be used in certain configurations, call for details.

Free standing carports are subject to a different set of criteria and mounting principles. Contact us with your requirements.

 

Measuring

All covers, be it carport, patio or deck cover are measured the same way:

Width – the measurement attached to the wall.
Projection – the measurement from the wall out.
Back (mounting) height – the height from the ground to the hanging point.

For a porch or deck cover it is a good practice to allow additional 1′ at each side, where possible, so rain and snow will not hit the area to be protected.

Width – when measuring check if the whole length on the wall there is a solid area to accept the anchors. In older houses the frieze board covers a hollow area, and the board by itself can not support anything.  In most cases brick wall or sidings are good. Stucco may present some extra work.  In older bungalows windows begin just under the soffit – check for casement, so will not open into the new cover. Most issues can be solved with a plate installed under the soffit to accept the header.

Note that in most cases we recess the posts app 1′, so clear opening for a 10′ carport application will be 9′. This is still good, considering that a single car garage door is 8′ only.

Number of front posts position is determined by snow load, projection and mounting height. To a certain extent we can adjust the number of posts used by using stronger posts and crossbeams

Projection – projection is finite. it depends on three factors: strength of the roof, snow load and support,as we have to comply with the code and common sense.  The support can be adjusted from simple to complex span, meaning additional row of posts and beam. Can use a heavier gauge material or bond the panels where applicable, yet to a limit. Snow load is a firm factor, so even for a DIY project is is best to stay within the allowable projection for your area.

Height – most covers install under the soffit. If soffit 8′ tall, and the desired projection is 10′, the front – low – end will be app 78″ tall which is borderline height. If hanging point is lower the front end will follow suit. To keep front end higher we can either shorten the projection or raise the hanging point. This can be done in two ways:

Hang on fascia board: fascia board and protruding  rafters are not made to carry load. To reinforce this area needs to remove existing board, commonly 3/4″ thick, double the rafters and the lateral as long as can be reached, install a new 2×6 (2×8)  fascia board to accept the new roof hanger. If existing woodwork is covered with aluminum, all has to be removed and re-installed if possible, or installing all new aluminum.

Hang above the roof: unorthodox solution, but practical. A crossbeam mounted above the roof on specialized brackets. Roof hanger is mounted onto it, and slopes from there. Rain will be trapped in the existing gutter, as well as some snow.

 

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For pricing and more information either call  (905) 761 5430,  email us, or use the form at the bottom of this page.

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