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DIY Patio Cover Kits: A Smart Way to Cover Up

Research indicates that outdoor living areas, such as patios, are consistently ranked as the number one “special function” room among consumers, according to the American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends Survey. This finding is echoed in general by realtors who add that a patio is a huge positive for homes, adding a “wow” factor that may make homes sell faster. 

Whether you like to read or enjoy a cocktail, a shaded patio can be a valuable asset which transforms your backyard experience. While the Florida sun is gorgeous, it can be unforgiving, which is why many Floridians opt to add a roof to their patios by installing a patio cover. It is important to note that not all DIY patio cover kits are made to withstand Florida’s weather conditions. 

Image courtesy of Alumicenter

Made for Florida Weather

The new 7th Edition Florida Building Code came into effect on the 1st of January, 2021 and has seen substantial updates from the previous edition. Florida is known to have the toughest building code in the country and it continually evolves to afford residents better protection against winds, debris and flooding. Made to adhere to Florida’s strict building code, Alumicenter’s DIY Patio Covers is touted as a top choice among Florida homeowners. 

The patio kits sport modern designs with intuitive, easy installation. One of the most important features of these patio cover kits are the insulated panels. Constructed of a high-density polystyrene core, the panels offer incredible strength. The standard thickness of the panel insulation for most projects is the 3” roof panel, but the company also has 4” and 6” on offer depending on the nature of the project. The insulated roof system can be installed onto any new or existing structure and can be designed to component the home owner’s current roof design for a seamless, modern and attractive look. 

Versatile and Functional

Ideal for bright and sunny days, patio covers can encourage outdoor relaxation and appreciation of the Florida lifestyle. DIY patio covers are ideal for lounging by the pool, outdoor entertaining or simply unwinding after a long day.  Aluminium DIY patio cover kits are versatile and can be ordered to meet the homeowner’s exact specifications, making it easy to cover a patio, deck, carport and other areas. 

Alumicenter gives homeowners the option to personalize patio cover kits with color, optional architectural columns and even fan beams for the installation of outdoor ceiling fans. Both standard and custom patio cover kits feature snap-n-lock roof panels which carry the Florida state product approval and have been tested to withstand the hurricane-wind load in the South East region of Florida. 

In the words of one happy customer: “The staff was very professional and easy to work with. Everything I ordered was delivered when promised and the price was great. The Snap-N-Lock roof panels went together easily. Overall installation went very well. I would recommend this to anyone looking to DIY.”

Making Quotation Easy

For those itching to upgrade their patio space, the company offers an instant quote tool. The tool allows customers to select customization options, such as attachment options, extra add-ons, color, length, width as well as other details. The simple 3-step form automatically generates a cost estimate based on customer input.  

Going a few steps further, the company also offers site-specific engineering and calculations for customers who are interested in pulling building permits for their residential patio project.

A Growing Demand 

The pandemic has seen many people who work from home take on home improvement projects, such as investing in their outdoor patios to create a more relaxed environment. Along with recent weather changes and the harsh Florida sun, many residents found themselves increasingly embracing aluminium patio covers. As a result Alumicenter has seen strong, consistent growth over the past two years. This feat is all the more impressive when one take into consideration that pandemic induced aluminium shortages heavily impacted other industries. 

The company ships all their products in protected, high-quality wooden crates, but due to COVID-19, are only delivering their DIY kits within the state of Florida. 

A Few Final Words

Between the hot sun, sand and salt from the ocean, storm debris and other irritants, patios are under constant attack by Mother Nature. That’s why taking steps to protect your patio from the harsh elements makes sense. 

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