Four Contractor Scams to Avoid

Recently while working with customers and potential customers I have encountered some of the old and a couple of new contractor scams that you need to avoid. “Yes, I pulled a permit”. – When I am looking at a job to replace an existing structure such as a patio cover or sunroom I will ask […]

Great Place for those Solar Panels

Thinking about solar panels for you home? Usually they are installed on the roof but sometimes there are reasons why that will not work. Lately we are getting more requests to not only build a patio cover to add outdoor living space but also to serve as a platform for solar panels. We have a […]

How to Plan Your Patio Cover Project

We frequently receive calls from people who are uncertain on how to get started with the process of planning, obtaining bids and selecting a contractor for their patio cover project.  Here are some suggestions. 1. Spend some time looking at your patio area and think about how much space you want to cover.  Look at […]

Exciting New Lighting Product for Patio Covers

Our most popular option when building a patio cover is adding lights on the posts or in the ceiling. Sometimes the patio ceiling is too low for an overhead light fixture and recessed lighting would be perfect.  Now we can offer a new product called “Lightstrip”. The strip is a row of recessed lights than […]

Five Best Cost vs. Value Home Improvements

When you plan a remodeling project for your home it is always helpful if the project will retain its value when you sell the home.  If you spend thousands of dollars you want to think that there is some return on your investment.  Obviously some jobs provide a higher return than others.  Here is a […]

2011 Energy Star Rebates for Insulated Patio Covers

It’s a new year and we have a new set of guidelines for the federal government sponsored Energy Star Rebates.  All categories have been reduced including windows, doors, water heaters, etc. As before the rebate applies only to the cost of materials.  Labor costs do not qualify for the rebate.  Your contractor will provide the […]

Three Special Features of Patio Enclosures

Patio enclosures and sunrooms continue to be an excellent way to quickly add living space and at a very low cost when compared to conventional construction.  New features include: 1.)  THICKER INSULATED WALLS –  Wall systems now are up to 4″ thick with EPS foam for an R factor of R-15 or Polyiso Foam for […]

Save Money – Use Pre-Engineered Canopies

Recently I received plans to bid on a small overhead hanger rod canopy over a loading dock. The canopy was only about 90 sq.ft.  The engineer specified using Verco steel roof decking with puddle and button punch welds, structural steel framing and custom hanger rods.  These are the type of specifications to be used on […]

Avoiding 3 Big Mistakes With Your Landscape Project

EXAMPLE 1. If you are having interlocking pavers installed and you intend to add a patio cover, you will need to have concrete footings installed below the pavers. Why not select your patio cover contractor before you start the project? He can meet with your landscape contractor and spot the location and size of the […]

The Best Ever Solid Patio Cover

While lattice patio covers are our most popular style many times homeowners want more protection from direct sun and rain. A solid or full shade patio cover is the best solution. Until recently this style of patio cover came only in the old style corrugated aluminum or wood frame & shingle structures. In the last […]