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jww 01-09-2012 12:16 PM

cover for my deck to protect from sun
 
I need help on building a roof or cover for my deck to block the hot sun?

jww 01-09-2012 12:21 PM

I have 2,000 dollars to start with to cover my deck 12x12 ....do you have some ideals?

Jay 78 01-09-2012 12:34 PM

Perhaps a retractable awning?

http://www.marygrove.com/

http://www.sunsetter.com/

My parents have one over their deck and it's really nice. I can't remember the make but it's one of the two above. It's motorized so it can extend/retract at the touch of a button, and you can stop it anywhere in between. Might be worth looking at.

hyunelan2 01-09-2012 12:37 PM

Are you sure you want a permanent roof? A 13' Cantilevered umbrella would shield your whole deck, and be removable on days you do want sun. They are NOT cheap, but are within your $2K budget.

Example:
http://www.shopthegreatescape.com/pr...ith-black-base
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If you do want something permanent, do you want a full shielded roof, or something like a pergola? Exact design will have to do with the size of your posts, and span of the beams - to carry the additional weight of a roof.

shumakerscott 01-09-2012 12:38 PM

A 4"x4" post frame with a mesh screen on top. dorf dude

mgp roofing 01-10-2012 04:21 AM

A wooden pergola with climbing plants grown over. This will block the heat more than anything else will; much like being in the shade of a tree. Use something that loses its leaves in winter if you want the sun during the colder months.

rodu 01-10-2012 05:17 PM

do you have enough distance from the floor of your deck to the eve of your house to build a wooden structure like a sloped roof? i did that for our back patio (but i have over 8' clearance). the stucture cost about $1000 and that includes having it wired for a ceiling fan.

Cerberus 01-11-2012 07:03 PM

I have to second the Sunsetter. One of those things I didn't know how much I needed until I had one.

We would never have considered buying one (surely only old people need those!), but the house came with one, and there will be one on any future house I own that doesn't have a permanent cover.

Cerberus

littlecleo 01-16-2012 10:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rodu (Post 818739)
do you have enough distance from the floor of your deck to the eve of your house to build a wooden structure like a sloped roof? i did that for our back patio (but i have over 8' clearance). the stucture cost about $1000 and that includes having it wired for a ceiling fan.

Rodu, do you have any pictures?

Two Knots 02-01-2012 07:58 AM

I think you'd be happy with a Pergula.
you can use 4 x 4 for the uprights, and 2 x 6 for the top.

we have a redwood Pergula since 1973. Since redwood is
so expensive now, I would recommend pressure treated wood
over cedar.

If you're still interested, I can show you how we attached our brackets
to our eaves ( a 2003 improvement -- because we put a new roof
on the house and we no longer wanted the brackets resting on the roof)

Also with a Pergola, you can attach screening, like the stuff used in
greenhouses to filter out the sun...I prefer the screening over canvas
because it filters out the sun but still lets in the light and the air can move through it.
A canvas covered awning can get hot under it.

cdnNick 02-02-2012 10:08 AM

We have a pergula at our house that we moved into last year, we found that it didn't provide much shade at all during the summer, we had to setup an umbrella or pop-up tent under the pergula. I don't know if the previous owners installed it too high or what but it's basically useless as the sun just beat down on us all summer. I thought about attaching a plastic sun roof that I saw at home depot that I could easily remove for the winter months. We are actually thinking of taking it down, as the top of the wood is starting to rot, I don't think they stained it for a long time since the rest of the deck is in good shape and showing no signs of rot.

CoconutPete 02-02-2012 01:44 PM

Coming up on a month and we still have 0 pictures in this thread in the "showcase" forum ............. dud.

Two Knots 02-02-2012 05:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cdnNick (Post 842077)
We have a pergula at our house that we moved into last year, we found that it didn't provide much shade at all during the summer, we had to setup an umbrella or pop-up tent under the pergula. I don't know if the previous owners installed it too high or what but it's basically useless as the sun just beat down on us all summer. I thought about attaching a plastic sun roof that I saw at home depot that I could easily remove for the winter months. We are actually thinking of taking it down, as the top of the wood is starting to rot, I don't think they stained it for a long time since the rest of the deck is in good shape and showing no signs of rot.

What kind of covering does it have on top of the pergola?
If you're trying to filter out the sun you need a cover,
such as polyester or fiberglass screening or canvas.

Two Knots 02-04-2012 09:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lan (Post 843748)
This post has been somewhat of a revelation to me.

a revelation....In what way?

JumpinJW 02-05-2012 09:53 PM

shade
 
I just removed a "like new" 20 year old aluminum awning. It was just too hot, since it was connected to the fascia, didn't allow air to move.

As far as shelter from rain, it didn't leak, but water would condense on humid days and drip.

We had a house fire, and the damned thing didn't even burn. Insurance didn't pay. We are replacing it with a regular shingle roof.

The pergola is a great idea, especially if you add some slats oriented perpendicular to the sun.

I built a shade for my wife's office, an outbuilding. It was solar fabric sold at walmart garden dept, stapled onto a frame built of 2x4's. Now that is cheap, and even shed some rain. It has worked for 3+ years.


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