Installing A Ledger For A Patio Cover

Ledger-to-Patio-coverCustomer Question:

“I’m building a small patio cover for my patio. What’s the best way to install a ledger?”


There are many different types, styles, codes and other factors that come into play when installing a patio cover ledger. However, assuming you have the right tools and intermediate – advanced construction knowledge, the process is relatively straightforward.

In this case, you want to make sure the roof lines match up and that the joists are the same pitch as the roof. Once the pitch is set, you will work top down. Manipulate the joist so that it matches the bottom of the existing roof sheathing and then mark it on the wall (stucco).

Attach the ledger to the wall using an impact screw gun. You’ll want to make sure you use high quality bolts called ledgerloks so that the ledger is well secured. The ledgerloks should be staggered about 12 inches apart from each other.

To determine where to start the pattern, find the 2 x 4” studs. Measure two inches from the corner of the building. This is where you’ll put the first corner stud. All normal stud framing is set on 16” center. Measure in to the edge of the ledger and mark the closest point. Then, using a ¼” drill concrete drill bit, drill through the stucco. If you hit wood, mark it. Move over another 16 inches and check for wood again. You now have a stud pattern on the wall for your ledger.

With the ledger up, you’ll be able to complete your patio cover and enjoy your patio with plenty of cooling shade.

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6 Responses to Installing A Ledger For A Patio Cover

  1. Ralph Spurlock January 19, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    I think that’s good advice. As the man said there are many different codes. Here in south Florida, AKA, hurricane alley, you would also need to apply Miami Dade County approved joist hangers to each rafter or joist.

  2. Terry Hammack January 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    If you are installing a ledger , you need to install some sort of membrane and flashing to prevent water intrusion

  3. jack pelamati January 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    1) Call 619-446-5000 to confirm a permit is not req’d
    2) Follow this link to download a great set of instructions
    provided by the City of LA.

  4. Stan Rich, REALTOR January 24, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Great Information Best Rate! As usual, you are always on top of the most effective ways to complete home repairs here in Southern California!

  5. Stan Rich, REALTOR January 24, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Good Information Best Rate! As usual, you are on top of the most effective ways to complete home repairs here in So Cal!

  6. Connie Saul January 24, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Best Rate repair did an excellent job on my patio deck. They are a great company with integrity!

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