5.0 out of 5 stars
By Xoundxpert - Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2016
Its configuration can be greatly modified
OK, so this review is for someone who wants to modify or change the factory configuration to fit your need. My old patio cover was built over my roof, leveled and extended 4ft out from my foundation. My foundation is only 18ft x 8ft and my eave already extended out and covers 4ft of it. I’ve looked at many patio covers to see if I can modify to fit what I need, but many of them are fixed configuration. I know that I want to: 1) Make it leveled and over my roof (not angle down like this factory configuration), 2) Extend it 4ft out from my foundation for better rain/shade coverage, 3) Re-use my existing columns if I can, and 4) Extend it to the same height as my columns for better breeze/air flow. You may wonder why I want it leveled and how the water drainage is going to work out. Well, I want it leveled because it looks better, and for the water drainage, this one has smooth roof panels so water can easily run off either to front or back as I had a similar one before. After looking at the assembling video of this patio cover, I decided to purchase this one because I think I can modify the configuration of this one to suit my need. I purchased the 20ft x 10ft. They sent me two (2) 10ft x 10ft sets with extension kit. Modification: I kind of knew that the posts are shorter than my 8ft columns but couldn't tell exactly how much shorter from the specs and descriptions until I received them. The posts are 82.5", not even 7ft tall. If I install them angle as the factory’s configuration and 4ft out from my foundation, the front-end could be as low as 6ft. It’s too low for me. So as I thought, I am going to modify them anyway. My current column height is actually around 8.5ft due to the extended base and cap. There are 4 posts included for this 20ft x 10ft configuration. So since I am going to re-use my columns, I'll have 2 extra posts and will use them to extend the other 2 posts to match the height of the columns. I cut 2 pieces of 20" from one of the unused posts. I then went to Lowes/Home Depot and purchased 4 pieces of 10" long L-shape galvanized connectors that is normally used to connect house frame structures together. While there, I looked for the screws with the thinnest heads that I could find so I'll use to connect the posts together. I painted these screws white to match the column color. I inserted 2 pieces of L-shape connectors inside the posts and the 20” extensions pieces. Two L-shape connectors forms a rectangle shape, which fits perfectly inside these posts for strong connections. I drilled holes on both sides and attached them together. The result is a rock solid strong connection. The white thin-headed screws blend in well and it’s hard to see the seams are there. I then use the 4 extra pieces that form the bases for unused posts and mounted them on top of my column caps. It lined up and levels with the groove of the beam perfectly. I didn’t have to drill extra holes and even use the same screws were provided. To mount it on top of my roof, I use treated wood, cut them as 10” blocks, attached them to the roof with long non-rusted screws, and attach the patio cover back-end frame to these blocks. After it’s fully assembled, it’s about 9ft from the foundation to the roof panels (instead of 6ft at the front-end as the original configuration). I feel much better standing under it. It actually looks better in person with the columns than in the attached photos here. Material & Quality: The materials are excellent. The whole structure frames are aluminum and the roof panels look like they’re going to last beyond 15 years to me. That’s why they guarantee 10yrs. I’ll give it 5 stars for the material & quality. Design: I would say it’s well designed because there is groove in every joint and the beam, which allow you to adjust the angle and the size of foundation to suit you need. It blocks the sun but bring in light through the roof panels. And with the height I modified, I love the feeling being under it and the cool air it provides. I’ll give it 5 stars for the design. Instruction: Instruction is fairly easy to understand for guys/gals who deal with some handy-works, not necessary technical works. Cost: I have looked at many other 20ft x 10ft patio covers and they’re around $1,400 – $1,600. However, they do not allow me to modify for my need. That said, it’s a 4-star for the cost to me. Bottom line: The bottom line is that my friends and I like the modified version that I did than the original configuration. The big deal is that my wife likes the modification result. She and my 6-yrs old daughter are happy :). BTW, I installed all of this by myself. Oh wait… my wife has helped something. She made some lemonade and brought me a few times… LOL! Have a great day!
2.0 out of 5 stars
By Audiocontr - Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2017
Way too bright. The translucent panels are more like a greenhouse.
I'm impressed with the ease of installation and the quality of the metal portion. I HATE the translucent panels. They bake you like a green house, and reflect the sunlight so that it creates a laser beam line through the center... Very bright, very warm. Exactly the opposite of what I want from a patio cover. I'd give it 5 stars if they offered dark panels. Wish I could return it. We made the best out of it by making a drape system out of conduit and painters tarps.
3.0 out of 5 stars
By Guv - Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2018
Everything about this patio cover is great EXCEPT the popping noise
Your browser does not support HTML5 video. Everything about this patio cover is great EXCEPT the popping noise it makes when the temperature changes. I called Palram about the noise, they sent me clear panels(it came with tinted panels). The clear panels help but it still pops.
5.0 out of 5 stars
By Dustin - Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2017
Good solid product at a fair price. Shelter from the rain and sun.
Good product and much cheaper than paying a local company who wanted over $5000. I suggest using proper concrete anchors from a local hardware store and a concrete drill bit/hammer drill which can be had from Home Depot for under $80. I was able to install it in about 10 hours. Also I built gutter downspouts out of black 2 inch pvc as you can see in the pictures.
3.0 out of 5 stars
By M. Rodenhauser - Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2015
Good value & design. Poor shade provider, sub-par gutter
My wife and I decided on this because we wanted something that was attractive, I could do myself, would shelter us from rain, offer SOME shade(i.e. be slightly cooler), but not totally block sunlight from the windows it was installed over. We got 4 out of our 5 wishes. Pros: Great prefabricated DIY design easily installed in a day. Lets light through very well (great place to grow plants). Good value. Very attractive considering it's prefabricated. Well manufactured from resilient materials. Sturdy construction. Shelters from rain. Has a gutter... Cons: HOTTER than outside temp on a sunny day in Texas(think greenhouse effect)! Loud when it rains (sounds like a tight drum). Sub-par gutter design clogs easily. No downspout supplied (or sold??) for gutter. Parts damaged in shipping (polycarb panels crushed in spots), but still functional. Some steps of installation were stressful, but got it done basically by myself with little help from wife. Will agree partially with other reviewers that said bolts can be too short; this happens at times when things aren't lining up perfect, the design leaves little margin for this, so you have to readjust sometimes. Impressed with the design overall regardless. TIP: instructions say to leave nuts loose, but use common sense. Don't fully tighten, but don't leave it able to move around much either. This company makes, and appears to specialize in, GREENHOUSES. In retrospect, not surprising this polycarbonate offers NO reduction in heat, but the description here on amazon says "while offering cooler shade from the sun". I feel like maybe I should have known this material would act like a greenhouse, but in reality I was directly mislead. I'll give the company the benefit of the doubt and assume it's not intentional, but rather just never tested in such a climate: 100+ & humid. This material probably works really well for most other regions. Gutter wraps tightly around the bottom ends of the slats of the frame...wich means...the rain channel is mostly obstructed by the slats. The very shallow functional gutter under that quickly gathers leaves to completely obstruct.