“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.