Thank you for purchasing a ScreenHouse
Insulated Patio Cover
Your purchase is designed and engineered by more than 20 years of commercial and residential design and proudly manufactured in the USA from responsibly sourced materials in the state of the art manufacturing facilities at Superior Mason and Four Seasons Building Products.
Your purchase is covered by the best warranty in the business with a limited 15 years warranty on the insulated panels and a limited lifetime warranty on all the aluminum extrusions.
This document is intended as a guide only. There are far too many variables within existing structures for us to address each an every one. As such, this kit is very adaptable and nearly any error is easily corrected within the existing materials received. Assembling this materials supplied kit will require patience & common sense. If you have any doubts about the action you should take we are just a call or email away for support. A reference cut sheet, 3D model and various drawings (plan view, roof view, elevation view, etc) are available in the customer portal or by request. We will not be responsible for errors in cuts made to the material.
PLEASE READ AND REVIEW COMPLETE INSTALLATION GUIDE STEP-BY-STEP
The Screen House Insulated cover installation guide recommends 1-to-3 physically fit individual(s) with some experience in Do-it-Yourself (DIY) home projects and should complete installation within 8-12 hours with proper planning.
Please review this installation guide thoroughly and understand each step’s task before the start of the installation process. All recommended tools are required for a successful installation and some components will require alterations to fit your structure’s unique installation. This installation guide is intended to be reviewed along with the custom layout for the room to be installed provided with your quote.
Insulated Patio Cover Systems come with instructions, all panels, beam, rear extruded and thermally broken C channel, side extruded fascia, front extruded gutter, screws & hardware, lags for panel to beam connection, posts, sealant, drain scuppers, touch up paint, tar tape, and top post brackets and hardware. Hardware to mount the back-wall 'C' channel to your house or trailer wall to be purchased locally.
Inspect your project area for safety issues noting all electrical power lines and electrical outlets.
DO NOT begin this project until project area is safe.
Tools You Need
Recommend and required tools are not included but necessary for a successful installation of this enclosure. Each structure and location is unique, so please review along with custom quote layout and call our team for support with any questions at 1.800.922.4760.
- 1-2 friends
- 4 ft. Carpenter’s level
- Carpenters square
- Chalk line (to mark “U” channel locations)
- Cordless drill/nut driver
- Caulking gun
- Chop saw with a metal cutting blade on it (required to make accurate and precision cuts)
- Masonry bits for drilling into concrete; masonry fasteners (if necessary)
- Metal file (to smooth cut edges)
- Hammer, Screwdrivers, Drill, tape measure, Box knife, Gloves, Safety eyewear
Inventory all materials received in your shipment within a safe distance from the work area before you begin the installation process. Each step in this process will note components used to complete the task on each page. As these rooms are very custom, not all items below will be included with every order; however, a room specific materials list and cut sheet are available through the customer portal or on request by email.
Note: While every effort is made to keep this up to date, individual items may be replaced with equivalent new versions of the material at the discretion of the manufacturer and may not match up with items below. Please call or email our support team and we will review and provide guidance on the installation of the new material options. A "*" in the part number list below represents a designation for the color.
**Items labeled as "Special Car Wash" or "Custom Walk Cover" on the BOL you will receive with the delivery are generic catchall line items from the manufacturer. These are not items you will receive, only a label from the manufacturer for the custom bundle that follow below it**
|Part Number||Part Description||Dimension||Image|
|Rear Header||3-1/4" H x 24' L (3")|
4-1/4" H x 24' L (4")
6-1/4" H x 24' L (6")
|4' wide insulated panel w/o fan beam||3" H x 48" W (3")|
6" H x 48" W (4")
6" H x 48" W (6")
|4' wide insulated panel w/ fan beam||3" H x 48" W (3")|
6" H x (4")
6" H x (6")
|23" wide Insulated panel w/o fan beam||3" H x 23" W (3")|
6" H x 23 (4")
6" H x 23 (6")
|23" wide Insulated panel w/ fan beam||3" H x 23" W (3")|
6" H x 23 (4")
6" H x 23 (6")
|Standard Side Fascia, Double Catch||4" high x 25' long (3")|
5" high x 25' long (4")
|Drip Edge Side Fascia||4" H x 24' L (3")|
5" H x 24' L (4")
7" H x 24' L (6")
|Front Extruded Gutter, Double Catch||4" H x 4" W x 24' L (3")|
5" H x 4" W x 24' L (4")
Beam and Posts
|Part Number||Part Description||Dimension||Image|
|P378*||3" Box Beam/Post, .078" Gauge||3" H x 3" W x Various lengths|
|P329*||3" Box Beam/Post, .125" Gauge||3" H x 3" W x Various lengths|
|P330*||4" Box Beam/Post, .125" Gauge||4" H x 4" W x Various lengths|
|P201*||7" C-Beam||6.75" H x 2.75" W x Various Lengths|
|P200*||7" I-Beam||7" H x 5.5" W x Various Lengths|
|P204*||10" C-Beam||10" H x 3" W x Various Lengths|
|Self-Mating Beam w/ spline groove||2" W x 4" H Self Mating Beam|
2" W x 5" H Self Mating Beam
2" W x 6" H Self Mating Beam
2" W x 7" H Self Mating Beam
2" W x 8" H Self Mating Beam
2" W x 9" H Self Mating Beam
Post and Beam Brackets
|Part Number||Part Description||Image|
|P357*||3" Beam to Post Bracket|
|P354*||3" Bottom Post Bracket|
|P345*||4" Top and Bottom Post Bracket|
|P353*||3" post top I-beam bracket w/ hardware|
|P350*||3" post to C-beam bolts/nuts/washers|
|P430*||4" post to C-beam bolts/nuts/washers|
Small Parts and Components
|Part Number||Part Description||Dimension||Image|
|P405*||Painted Tek Screw||#14 x 3/4"|
|Sealer tek with neoprene washer||4" long (for 3" panels)|
5" long (for 4" panels)
7" long (for 6" panels)
|P602||Peel and Seal Tar Tape||50' roll|
|P860*||Touch Up Paint||NA|
|P521||Drain Scupper||3" x 12"|
Before You Start
If you believe you have a problem with the materials supplied for your application please call ScreenHouses Unlimited first! The manufacturer of your materials supplied kit cannot respond to customer inquiries or phone messages. We are well equipped to step in and solve any questions or issues you may have with your purchase. Insulated patio covers are quoted all panels, beams, extruded fascia for both sides, thermally broken prepitched aluminum backwall C channel, front extruded gutter, screws & hardware, lags for panel to beams connection, posts, sealant, touch up paint, tar tape, top & bottom post brackets, and hardware.
Patio Cover Basics
Our patio cover systems are designed with the handy homeowner in mind. The units are modular which enable many customizations and almost any size. Below you will see a schematic that highlights some of the key elements and terminology used in describing the covers.
Step 1: Install Rear C Channel (wall header)
|Most insulated screen enclosures are supplied with a thermally broken c-channel which is a 24’ piece of extrusion with two legs and a black rubber thermal break in the middle of the back running the length of the extrusion. It can be installed in any orientation. The purpose of this is the reduce the thermal transfer from inside the room to the outside and reduce condensation that might occur. This may be substituted with an equivalent non-thermal pitched header in some southern regions. Follow the steps below to mount the header to your wall or fascia.|
Step 1A: Determine C-Channel Location
Determine the area in which you are going to mount the C channel. The channel can be installed on a wall or fascia, with or without a ledger board as shown in illustrations #1 to #3 below. The construction of your house will determine which option is best to ensure you can anchor the roof to structural elements.
- If you are installing on your fascia board make sure you are catching rafter ends in order to make a secure installation.
- If you are installing on your house wall or under the small gutter of your trailer / mobile home, it is suggested you install a ledger board by lagging it to your house wall studs on the inside of the exterior veneer. By doing this you can easily secure the C channel in as many locations as is necessary without worrying about finding house wall studs for each screw.
Step 1B: Mount C-Channel
The rear c channel is pre-pitched at 1/4" per foot. When determining your final post height or the front height of the screen enclosure, you will need to take this drop into consideration. Please review step 2 below to ensure you mount the c-channel at the height you need for your desired front wall height. Most installers will mount the the header a fixed height (8', for example) and then adjust the front post height to match However, if you prefer have a particular front post height, you simply need to work backwards following the procedure below in step 2. I.e. the height of the rear header is determined using the desired front post height and adding additional height based on 1/4" per foot.
Once the wall or fascia is ready to mount at the desired height as calculated, snap a level chalk line along the surface at which the bottom of your channel will be installed. Cut your C channel to the exact length of the finished size of your unit. Please note, this is the total width of all of your panels connected together minus the male lock of the last panel which you will trim off to install the side fascia extrusions.
Tip: The provided side fascia will cap the c-channel and the front extruded gutter. This will be the final step of the roof installation, but keep in mind that the fascia should be cut to the length of the panels + the width of the gutter and c-channel.
Prior to securing your C channel we suggest running two beads of caulking on the back surface where it will meet the building or fascia board. We suggest two screws (one above and one below the thermal break) every 12” to 16”. If you are installing on a fascia or wall without overhang protection (as in illustration #3 above), it is advised to flash over the channel and run a bead of caulk on the top of the C channel once installed so as to ensure a watertight seal.
Tip: Though it is not “imperative” it is advisable that the C channel be installed with enough room to be able to use the supplied 1/2” hex head Tek screws on both the top and bottom lips in order to firmly hold the roof panels in the C channel at the house wall. If you cannot put the screws through the top lip, be sure to at least use the screws on the bottom lip.
You will be responsible for the purchase of the hardware (screws/lag bolts) required to secure the rear header to your existing surface.
Step 2: Calculate Post Height
You will need to do the math to determine the finished size of your post and beam assembly. The following example is for a 12’ long, 3” thick panel supported at the 11’ mark by a 3” x 3” set back beam and 8’ posts. Your numbers should be adjusted accordingly.
Take the measurement from the deck / patio to the bottom flange of the installed C Channel. For the purpose of this illustration, call it 8 feet. With a pitch of 1/4” per foot of projection, the total height of the post & beam assembly will be 8’ minus 2 3/4” (11 x 1/4”) = 7’ 9 1/4”. The beam in this illustration is 3” tall which means the 8’ post supplied with the kit would need to be trimmed to a finished height of 7’6 1/4”.
NOTE: If a pitch greater than 1/4" per foot is needed, a hanging rail wall header would have been supplied (where available) with the order with adjustable pitch if this information was provided during the quote phase. If not, you can increase the pitch by installing a wedge between the c-channel and wall.
Step 2: Install Posts
Once you have determined the finished height of your posts you can get ready to install them. Posts should be square and plumb. Post spacing is determined based on the loading requirements provided during the quotation stage. The maximum span is indicated on your custom quoted room layout and will need to be referenced for this step.
TIP: You can square up the awning perimeter by snapping chalk lines off the ends of the rear C channel installation, down the wall and plumb to the deck or patio surface. Run another chalk line perpendicular from that line on the wall out along the surface of the decking or patio. Measure the exact distance of the ‘on center’ distance out to the setback beam location on each of those perpendicular lines and then snap a chalk line connecting those two points. You should be able to drop a plumb line from the underside of the roof panel at the ‘on center’ point of where the beam will be installed and it should touch the line you have snapped on the deck or patio (blue circle in the drawing in this section. Verify that the measurement from corner to corner on the deck surface is exactly the same. This should give you a square installation.
Step 2A: Surface Mount on Deck or Pad
To start, you will attach the bottom of the posts with the supplied brackets and hardware. Please note that that screws or anchors required to secure the brackets to your deck is not provided and will need to be purchased locally based on the construction of the surface you are mounting to.
Step 2B: Anchoring your posts in the ground
If you are cementing your posts into the ground, we suggest you ask for posts long enough where at least 2’ of the total height of the post is in the ground. Slope concrete away from post for drainage.
Step 3: Install Beam
Once the bottom brackets and posts are installed, cut your beam to size (if necessary). The beam size and type will have been indicated in your quotation. You will have been supplied with a beam and all the beam to post connection hardware.
We suggest cutting the beam 1‐1/2” short of each side of the total width of the roof panels. This will allow for easy installation of the side fascia and its bottom lip, which is a finishing step. You can go the full length, however you may need to cheat the flange between the top of the beam and the bottom of the roof.
The process to connect the beam to the posts varies based on the type of beam used for the application. Details for each are below.
Step 4: Insulated Panel Installation
Step 4A: Determine The Best Panel Layout
Step 4B: Install the First Panel
Step 4C: Install Remaining Panels
Step 4D: Trim and Install Last Panel
Step 4E: Secure Panels to Uchannel
Step 5: Finishing Your Roof Installation
Step 5A: Cut and Install Front Gutter
Step 5B: Cut and Install Side Fascia
Step 5C: Seal Roof Joints
|White Peel and Seal tar tape is supplied with all orders to finish off each of the seams on the top of your unit. Because the caulking you have applied thus far is likely still setting to some degree, we strongly suggest, before you get up on your roof, that you temporarily support your roof from underneath, at the half way mark of the projection, with padded 2x4 bracing. This will minimize the flexing at the seams as you apply the tar tape. Apply the tape to every seam on the top of your roof. This will include the seams between panels as well as all the seams where the backwall C channel, side fascia and front gutter sit on the roof top.|
The sun will activate the tar like substance on the back side of the white tape sealing it to the surface and sealing the seam against the weather. The tape remains flexible, moving with the panels and extrusions as they naturally expand and contract.
Step 5D: Install Scuppers or Downspouts
Congratulations! ENJOY your new Insulated Patio Cover! If you found any errors or missing details in this guide, please do let us know so we can improve it for future purchasers.