Building Your Own Patio Cover Not a Good Idea

BuildingIf you want to add a patio cover to your home and are considering building it yourself you may want to reconsider. There are a number of reasons why building your own patio cover is a bad idea.

Perhaps you have some construction experience. Or perhaps you even took a woodworking class in high school or college. While those can be helpful for smaller tasks, they generally aren’t enough experience to take on a major carpentry project like building your own patio cover.

 Time and Money

A patio cover isn’t something you should build by trial and error. If you have never done it before, expect to spend a lot of time building, tearing down, then rebuilding all or part of your patio cover. Trashing lumber can get costly very quickly.

Another consideration is time. Professional construction crews usually can build a patio cover from start to finish in a few days or less. But if you are doing it on your own, you can expect the project to last longer than you expected. In some instance, it could stretch out anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months. Do you really want your backyard turned into a construction zone for that long?

  Experience Matters

Even if you have experience in carpentry, what about cement work? Architecture? Engineering? All of these can be part of building a patio cover.

But you also need to know about things like zoning variances, building permits, and construction fees. And are you sure your homeowner’s insurance will cover you should an accident occur during construction?

Finally, the biggest reason not to try to tackle such a big project on your own is safety. If you don’t know what you are doing, construction can be very dangerous. The last thing you want is to get hurt trying something new and have to miss earnings due to lost work during recovery from an injury.

If you want a patio cover, a better plan is to leave it to the professionals at Eagle Patios.



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