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Getting an aluminum patio cover installed

rejoyce 6,278 October 18, 2011 at 12:23 PM
hi SD'ers, you guys are the experts in all things deal-wise, so DH and I are getting an aluminum patio cover installed before the rain comes next month, hopefully. We are in Northern California. It's still in the 80s right now.

Wondering about how much it would cost for an aluminum patio cover (solid top but no electrical wiring planned) that's 200 SQ FT?

Also any advice for getting quotes appreciated. Such as:

* How many companies to get quotes from?
* How to negotiate/ask one company to match another's lower quote (if any)
* Anything else we should be aware of
* Any specific companies recommended?

Thank you!

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I dunno exactly but:

1) Get atleast 3
2) Just ask, what's the worst they can say
3) Make sure they are all licensed, bonded, insured, etc.. Last thing you want is someone getting hurt on your property and then come after you for some $$.
4) I find that Home Depot/Lowes are good places to start. It will at the very least let you know what's out there. Plus I have had overall better luck with going through places like that as you pay them and only when you're happy with the job. I hired a painter through Costco and they didn't do a satisfactory job in some areas. They didn't want to come back and fix them but when Costco called and asked how it went they came back the next day to finish everything up. I much prefer that than someone who threatens to put a lien on your home...!
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Quote from LivninSC View Post :
I dunno exactly but:

1) Get atleast 3
2) Just ask, what's the worst they can say
3) Make sure they are all licensed, bonded, insured, etc.. Last thing you want is someone getting hurt on your property and then come after you for some $$.
4) I find that Home Depot/Lowes are good places to start. It will at the very least let you know what's out there. Plus I have had overall better luck with going through places like that as you pay them and only when you're happy with the job. I hired a painter through Costco and they didn't do a satisfactory job in some areas. They didn't want to come back and fix them but when Costco called and asked how it went they came back the next day to finish everything up. I much prefer that than someone who threatens to put a lien on your home...!
thank you for all the tips and esp. about HD and Lowes. I think Costco might even offer this although I'll have to check, can you expound on the lien thing. You mean a company can do a bad job, you complain, then they can actually turn around and put a lien on your house? Confused
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Go with a Norton Metals or another metal shop because they are cheaper and have better looking and quality materials. I went with U Panel on top of mine and has under ducking( to keep rain noise down during storms and makes it stronger for snow and you can also walk on it if you put plywood under it), wiring, and hardie board to cover it all up. Also go with 84 lumber for the lumber. Mine I just built and had everything cost 1,100 labor on one weekend for help was 150. Now most of what I bought was from Home Depot only because someone mis ordered treated wood and it was all green tag clearance.
PM me if u have questions.
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You can get day laborers and as long as u feed them and provide the tools and materials you can save a Ton!!! But make sure you have the measurements and what is code and double check as work progresses and you shouldn't have any problems.
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hello, my business is selling installing a alum- wood patio covers. feel free to PM me with any specific questions you may have. my business is in southern california and I have no ties to any northern california contractors, so I can be completely honest without being biased.

my normal price is currently about 8 dollars and 75 cents per square foot. With up charges for any electrical options such as fans and lighting. in my area there is a ton of competition on craigslist. Stay away from the home depot and lowe's salesman as they are usually twice the price. I would ask to see samples of material and photographs of work done in the past by the contractor. also have them provide contact information of other jobs they have done and who are willing to get recommendations.

finally, winter is our slow season. You should be in control of the negotiation process as most aluma-wood contractor slow down in november and december.

P.S. I would not be too hung up on name brands of material contractors use. in my experience most of the bigger companies have material that is very similar in quality. I. E. You should not have to pay more for a "name brand" product.
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You mean a company can do a bad job, you complain, then they can actually turn around and put a lien on your house? Confused
It depends on your contract with them and whether you pay them or not but if it's written like that yep. I understand it from the standpoint that they want to be paid for the work they do and they should be able to if they have done the work well and you don't pay but the horror stories are of people getting crap work done, albeit done, and getting a lien placed against their house because they didn't pay the final portion until they fixed something are out there. Hell, my wife watches Flipping Out and I think the contractor that the main character (Jeff?) fired did that to one of his clients houses (or atleast threatened to)??I have been very interested in building my own house but in hearing all the horror stories it really scares me.

In all honesty for something of this value I don't really expect it to be a concern. Go with a reputable contractor and you'll probably be fine Smilie

I am also a fan of day laborers although know that if they get injured on your property you may end up having to give them some additional $$ or filing an insurance claim. Again, I'd say pretty unlikely but it's surprising what you run across when you look in to getting work done on your house.

I still say check HD or Lowes. It doesn't hurt to see where they are at and personally I prefer the name backing the work. I have used their services in the past and not at other times. Their landscaping contractor wanted 25k for some work that I got done for about 13k through another company while their and Costco's painter bid me 4k for my house while several others were 6k or more. It really depends on the type of service I suppose. Construction work definitely isn't a one solution will work in every scenario kind of business Big Grin
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Go with a Norton Metals or another metal shop because they are cheaper and have better looking and quality materials. I went with U Panel on top of mine and has under ducking( to keep rain noise down during storms and makes it stronger for snow and you can also walk on it if you put plywood under it), wiring, and hardie board to cover it all up. Also go with 84 lumber for the lumber. Mine I just built and had everything cost 1,100 labor on one weekend for help was 150. Now most of what I bought was from Home Depot only because someone mis ordered treated wood and it was all green tag clearance.
Here's a link to what I have from start to finish. PM me if u have questions.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set...db87e706ff
thank you for your extensive answers and advice. Sorry to get back to replying and repping so late... I actually forgot I had started this thread. We are now starting to get quotes, plan to hire someone before rain season hits. Got 2 very good recommendations for California Shades. We had bought wood, brackets, etc. for this for a DYI project but decided to not bother with DYI b/c permits for my city alone would cost us $400 and most people say we should be able to get a 200 SQ FT aluminum solid patio cover for around $2000 so $1600 + permit which the contractor will take care of. That's what we're hoping. Thanks for idea of hiring day laborers, we'll likely use the wood, etc. we did buy (and already painted to weatherize) for another project somewhere else in the backyard later. Will check out your FB pics, thanks!

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hello, my business is selling installing a alum- wood patio covers. feel free to PM me with any specific questions you may have. my business is in southern california and I have no ties to any northern california contractors, so I can be completely honest without being biased.

my normal price is currently about 8 dollars and 75 cents per square foot. With up charges for any electrical options such as fans and lighting. in my area there is a ton of competition on craigslist. Stay away from the home depot and lowe's salesman as they are usually twice the price. I would ask to see samples of material and photographs of work done in the past by the contractor. also have them provide contact information of other jobs they have done and who are willing to get recommendations.

finally, winter is our slow season. You should be in control of the negotiation process as most aluma-wood contractor slow down in november and december.

P.S. I would not be too hung up on name brands of material contractors use. in my experience most of the bigger companies have material that is very similar in quality. I. E. You should not have to pay more for a "name brand" product.
Thanks so much for the great advice. I have to ask my DH for more specifics but will PM, thanks for your generous offer of advice from a pro.
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I recommend getting a quote from http://alumawood-patio-cover-kits.com/. They have great prices and carry genuine Alumawood products.
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