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Glossary

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Clear Span
The distance from the house to the beam supporting the posts.




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Fluted FRP Classic Columns
Fiberglass Reinforced Classic Round Columns with vertical lines/grooves, used to support the patio cover.

Foam
Rigid polystyrene sheet (inserted inside side-plates to provide additional structural support)

FRP Columns
Fiberglass Reinforced Polyester Columns




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Gutter
A shallow trough for carrying off rainwater

Hanger
Wall or eave attachment item for patio covers.

Header
Load carrying beam with post connected under.

IBC
International Building Code

IRP (Insulated Roof Panels)
3″, 4″, or 6″ panels used in lieu of flat pans to make a solid cover. IRP’s are a walkable top. Not to be used for top decks.




JKL

Laguna
Open Alumawood® lattice cover.

Live Load
Term referring to an engineering requirement of most building municipalities whereby the patio cover can withhold a certain snow load.




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Newport
Solid Alumawood® Cover.

Non-Fluted (smooth) FRP Classic Columns
Fiberglass Reinforced Classic Round Columns without vertical lines/grooves, used to support the patio cover.

Overhang
The distance a cover goes past a header/support beam, typically 1′ to 2′. (Cantilever)




PQR

Post
3″ x 3″ roll-formed aluminum tubes used as the typical support structure for traditional aluminum patio covers.

Projection
The distance out from a house to the end of the pans on a solid cover (Newport) or to the rafters on a lattice cover.

Rafter Tails
1′ 2×6′s that are used to give a solid cover the look of a lattice cover.




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Side-Plate(s)
Post Wraps, Plantons, other names for these 2×6′s that attach to a post on either side to hide post to 3×8 header connection.




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Wind Loads
Term referring to an engineering requirement of most building municipalities whereby the patio structure can withstand a certain wind speed.

Wrap-Kit
Used on Newport covers. 2×6′s to go around R/F header to give the look of a lattice cover. Also includes rafter tails.

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