Glossary of Terms

5/8″ plugs:

Also known as buttons. These are used to cover the 5/8″ holes drilled to secure the post wraps to the posts.

Attached: 

A patio cover that is screwed or lagged to a permanent structure, versus a freestanding cover.

Awning Panels:

Also known as pans, they come in different widths, 6″, 8″ flat panels, 12″ and 24″ W-panels, and 48″ insulated roof panels.

Beam:

Measures 3″ x 8″. Usually runs the length of the cover is and is supported by columns or posts. The rafters on a lattice cover and the flat pans on a solid cover are fastened to the top of the beam.

Brackets:

These are used to attach the rafters to the structure and beam, and used to attach the posts to the beam and concrete.

Embossed:

A raised texture that is designed to give the aluminum a wood-grained look.

End Caps:

Plastic end caps are used to finish off the ends of the aluminum rafters or decorative ends on a solid color. They give a big of architectural distinctiveness, by having different decorative shapes.

Fasteners:

Screws, anchors, bolts and lags used to build the patio cover. Most fasteners are painted to match the color of the patio cover.

Footings:

A cube shaped hole dug into the ground to be filled with concrete in order to support the posts if there is not a concrete slab. Footings are needed on all freestanding covers, and steel posts are embedded in the concrete. The size of the footing is determined by code specifications.

Freestanding:

A patio cover that is not attached to any structure, but standing alone.(Note: Freestanding covers always require steel posts and footings.)

Height:

The measurement from the ground to the ceiling portion of the cover.

ICC ER:

International Code Council. The governing body that writes building codes that are accepted and enforced by the individual cities/counties.

Insert Beam (C-Beam):

A 3″ x 8″ steel beam used to increase the column spacing. (Requires steel posts and footings.)

IRP:

Insulated Roof Panels.3″, 4″, or 6″ thick foam panels with embossed aluminum laminated to each side. Used to construct an insulated solid cover, or used as the roof on a patio enclosure.

Lattice Cover:

Also called open lattice…where the patio cover roof consists of lattice tubes spaced equal distance apart allowing filtered sunlight to pass through.

Lattice Tubes:
Available in three sizes: 1.5″ x 1.5″, 2″ x 2″, or 2″ x 3″. They usually run parallel with the header beam and are attached on top of the rafters.

Length:

The description of the measurement used to determine the overall distance from one end of the cover to the other.(i.e. 10′ x 20′ patio cover…the 20′ is the length.The projection is always given first.)

Overhang:

The self supporting distance past the last point where the panel, beam or rafter is attached.

Patio Cover:

Also known as a lattice patio, pergola, flat pan cover, solid patio, awning, alumawood, among a few.

Post:

Also called columns; are placed under the 3″ x 8″ beam or under the gutter and are the main support of the patio cover. There are many types of posts and/or columns available.

Post Kit:

Everything needed to install the post of column; brackets, fasteners, etc.

Post Spacing:

Or column spacing; is the distance between posts or columns as determined by the code specifications. This can be increased by the use of a steel insert beam and steel posts and footings.

Post Wraps:

2″ x 6″ in size, one is placed on the inside and outside of each post for looks and strength. Post wraps are foam filled to enhance dent resistance.

Projection:

The description of the measurement used to establish the distance from the house or structure to the furthest point out from the structure, excluding trim.

Rafters:

Used in the roof portion of a lattice cover, measuring 2″ x 6.5″ and run perpendicular to the beam. They are attached to the top of the beam and at a ledger board back at the house wall.

Rafter Tails:

Rafter material cut to 12″ in length with a miter, scallop, corbel or bevel shape on one end, and attached to front fascia of a solid cover.

Solid Cover:

A patio cover that uses solid aluminum panelsas a roof to keep rain and sun from coming through.

Span:

The distance from the house attachment to the support beam.

Steel Post:

Also known as an insert post, measures 3″ x 3″ square. The length is determined by the height of the patio and addition the depth of the footing.

Thickness:

The measure of the aluminum used in the pieces of the patio cover. A higher number equals a thicker potion. Common thicknesses are .018, .024, .032, etc. A thicker piece of material is used to attain a greater span.

Tributary Width:

Approximately half of the distance of rafter or panel span, plus the overhang.Used to determine post spacing.

Trim Kit:

Decorative only, and fastened to the front fascia of a solid cover. See Rafter Tails.

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