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Gazebos, Awnings, and Patio Coverings - 2021 Buyers Guide

Dallas Gazebo

Patio coverings make a great addition to any home, and enable you to enjoy your outdoor living space all year long! Whether you're looking for a gazebo to add to your garden or an awning to convert your uncovered patio into a functional hangout space no matter the weather - we've got you covered! 

However, there's a lot to consider when deciding which patio cover is right for you. Snow load/wind rating, size, roof thickness and even how much light the covering allows in, are all things to think about before making your final decision. 

Let's start with the basics, which type of patio covering are you after?

Awnings vs. Gazebos

The first thing to take into consideration when shopping for your new outdoor  patio covering is what kind of structure you're looking for. Awnings are typically mounted to the side of your house while the other side is supported by adjustable legs, which are anchored into your foundation surface. Everything from the wall mount to the foot anchors is included in our handy do-it-yourself awning kits. 

Gazebos on the other hand, are free-standing structures that can be mounted to your foundation surface with the included foot anchors, and are also light enough to be placed right on your deck. Gazebos come in a large variety of sizes, shapes and colours. If you're looking to cover a large area or don't want your covering directly adjacent to your house, then a Gazebo might just be the right choice for you! 

 

Gala Patio Cover

 

What About Sunrooms and Full Enclosures? 

Sunrooms or enclosed gazebos are another great option, providing endless possibilities for your outdoor living space! We carry both enclosed gazebos such as our popular Ledro Gazebo and enclosed awnings such as our San Remo Sunroom Enclosure. The Ledro Gazebo comes with two openings that must be placed opposite each other. All of our enclosed gazebos and sunrooms come with screen doors to keep the bugs out.

 

Ledro Enclosed Gazebo

 

Can I Order A Custom Size?

We do not offer custom sizes but we do offer a variety of sizes, shapes and extensions to accommodate many different situations! All awnings, gazebos and sunrooms come in complete do-it-yourself kits. 

Our EZ Connector Kit can be used to connect multiple patio coverings together. It is compatible with the Sierra, Olympia and Gala patio covers.

 

What Are These Structures Made Of? 

Our Palram Awnings, Gazebos and Sunrooms are very well-built and sturdy structures. Palram is a 50 year old Israeli company that holds the patent for nearly bullet-proof polycarbonate. Palram structures are all manufactured with this strong and virtually-unbreakable polycarbonate paneling (roof and sides) in varying levels of thickness and with varying amounts of light transmission. The polycarbonate panels are 100% UV protected. The rest of the structure (legs/frame etc.) is most often comprised of anthracite powder-coated aluminum, making these structures truly built to withstand Canadian weather and live up to their good reputation!

Polycarbonate roof panels

 

Panel Thickness - What Does It Mean?

As you will see in the table below, these polycarbonate panels used to build the roofs and sides of our Awnings, Gazebos and Sunrooms, come in varying levels of thickness. What does this mean? And which should you choose? Generally, the thinner the panels, the more light comes through. Thinner panels allow more light through and thicker panels will provide you with more shade and less heat transfer. Allowing you to enjoy your backyard even on the hottest summer days! The thicker polycarbonate panels also provide stronger snow-load and wind resistant capabilities, an important factor to consider when purchasing an outdoor structure. 

See our assortment of Awnings below, listed in panel thickness from thickest to thinnest;

*psf = pounds per square foot. Generally, 1 pound per square foot = 1 inch of average moisture snow*

 Model Panel Thickness Snow/Wind Rating  Light Transmission

Warranty Colours
Olympia 16mm 35 psf / 120 kmh
61% for White – 10% for Bronze
10 years White or Bronze
Gala 16mm

53.1 psf / 258 kmh

10% 15 years Bronze
Sierra 6mm 24.6 psf / 90 kmh 80% 7 years White or Grey
Stockholm 4mm 25 psf (11.2' x 12' awning) 41 psf (11.2' x 17') / 120 kmh 100% 15 years Black

 

See our assortment of Gazebos below;

 Model Panel Thickness  Snow/Wind Rating Light Transmission Warranty
Dallas 6mm 23 psf / 100 kmh 2% 10 year 
Martinique 6mm 15.4 psf / 90 kmh 15% 5 year
Roma 6mm 51.2 psf / 120 kmh 15% 10 year
Milano 6mm 15.4 psf / 90 kmh 15% 10 year
Palermo 6mm 25 psf / 90 kmh

15%

10 year

 

See our assortment of Enclosed Gazebos and Sunrooms below;

 Model Panel Thickness  Snow/Wind Rating  Light Transmission Warranty
Ledro 6mm (roof) 3mm (walls) 24.6 psf / 90 kmh 15% 10 years
Garda 16mm (roof) 3mm (walls) 30.7 psf / 120 kmh 10% 10 year
San Remo 8mm (roof) 3mm (walls) 30.7 psf / 120 kmh 65% (roof) 100% (walls) 10 year

 

What Accessories Can I Add To My Structure? 

Dallas Gazebo with curtains and netting

 

One of our most popular add-ons is curtains and netting - which allow you to enjoy your new space without the hassle of pesky bugs! Almost all of our gazebos do come with the option to add netting and some come with the option to add curtains as well! This is an investment that you will be thanking yourself for down the road :). If it's an Awning that you're interested in, you'll want to check out our Awning Roof Blinds which are compatible with both the Olympia and the Stockholm awnings. Roof blinds will provide you with extra shade during those hot summer months. 

Do I Need A Permit?

Typically a lean-to sunroom or awning that is attached to your house requires a permit, whereas a stand-alone gazebo or stand alone sunroom under 10 square meters (108 square feet) does not. Speak to your local building department for more details. You can read more on this topic here

What About Assembly and Installation?

This is a very common question! While we do not offer installation directly through our company, we do have a list of recommended installers (only available in some city centres) here, they will be able to provide you with an installation quote. 

Installation is typically a 2 person job - please reference the assembly manual for specific assembly times. You can view the detailed assembly manual at the product listing! Palram also has many follow-along product assembly videos on their YouTube channel. Curious about anchoring to your foundation? You can read more on that here

Stockholm Clear Patio Cover

 

If you still have questions, or need help choosing the perfect patio covering for your home - please contact us and we'll be happy to help!


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