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Frequently asked questions

What is Alumawood?

Alumawood is a long-lasting, affordable alternative to wooden patio covers. Each cover has a woodgrain appearance to mimic the elegance of wood without the maintenance and risk of wood.

Do Alumawood patio covers require maintenance?

Everything on your home requires a certain amount of maintenance, and this includes your Alumawood cover. They do not require nearly as much maintenance as a wooden patio cover, but you will need to occasionally spray down your cover to remove dust and debris. The gutters on the cover also need to be cleared of debris about every 6 months. If you neglect this, the gutters may clog and water will not drain correctly.

Are Alumawood patio covers waterproof?

Alumawood patio covers protect your patio from light showers to medium rain. During a heavy downpour you may experience some minor leaks. This is not because of issues with sealing, this happens when too much water gets under the flashing at the wall attachment and exits under the panels onto your patio.

Do I need a permit for my patio cover?

Yes! As a licensed contractor, we are required to permit every job we build. If you get other companies trying to sell you a cover without a permit, be weary! This is often because they are unlicensed or they are not actually using Alumawood material! A building permit issued from the city protects both the customer and the contractor and ensures the project is built correctly and safely.

How long does installation take?

This depends on the job. If your project requires footings it may take a few days to complete. If you already have a concrete slab on your patio then we can finish your Alumawood patio cover in just one day.

How fast can I get my cover once I sign up?

We typically run about 1-2 weeks out, but if you are on a strict time restraint then let us know and we may be able to work something out!

Do I need to paint my Alumawood cover?

Definitely not! The paint applied in the factory will last over 20 years! You may experience some minor scratches on your cover throughout the years due to wear and tear. This can be fixed with touch up paint from the manufacturer. It is available in a spray can or a small bottle with a brush applicator.

Is there a warranty on my cover?

Yes! Alumawood offers a lifetime warranty on their products. You can check out the warranty information here on their website.

How long has West Coast been installing patio covers?

We've been in the business for over 26 years so you know your cover will be installed with care and efficiency.

Is lattice or Solid better?

We install more solid covers than lattice. We often find customers need a retreat from the sun and lattice doesn't provide much shade for that. We can install both if you're looking for the elegance of a lattice cover but need a little break from the sun.

Does Alumawood attract termites?

Absolutely not! Unlike real wood patio covers, Alumawood will not risk your home to bugs and critters. 

I have other questions not listed here!

Give us a call at (951)735-3379. We're more than happy to answer any questions you have.