Converting aluminum awning to wood/composite ceiling

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Converting aluminum awning to wood/composite ceiling

considering converting aluminum patio awning to add a wood or composite ceiling.

I am thinking I could convert the existing support posts to 4x4 or 6x6 redwood. I would cover ceiling with 1x4 redwood in either 8' or 12' lengths. I would paint the existing support beams to match the wood or composite.

just not sure how I would attach boards to existing covering.

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I'm not sure that structure would support the addition weight of a wood ceiling. I'd also be concerned about condensation collecting between the wood ceiling and the metal roof.
 
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Agreed. If you want a wood patio cover, you're talking a complete rebuild. Do not trust the ledger board attached to house to support any additional weight. Same goes for the metal joists.

If you only want to hide the metal joists from underneath (and leave roof as is), that's a different story. You could not use dimensional lumber, but something like 1/8" luan plywood might work. This very thin plywood is referred to as door skin.
 
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If your current aluminum awning were in worse shape it would be an easier decision. As it stands it looks to be in good condition so you're faced with tearing something down that is in good condition to make a cosmetic change.
 
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I figured it might more trouble than it's worth.

Would painting the structure be a DIY job?
 
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It can be, the main thing is to make sure the aluminum is clean!
 
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From your photos it appears in good shape. It's up to you if painting would be worth the effort and expense. If done improperly painting opens the can of worms that the paint may crack, flake or peel off in a few years making the awning look even worse and commit you to regular maintenance. Or, just shrug your shoulders and live with the metal awning. It is what it is.
 
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I will give it a good power washing and see how it looks.

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I'd wet the awning down first and then spray on a bleach/water solution [maybe add TSP] let it set but not dry and then pressure wash it. The cleaning solution will do a lot better job than pressure washing alone.
 
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I've had good results with Clorox Outdoor Bleach. I normally mix it 5 parts water to 1 part Clorox and put it in a pump up pressure sprayer and spray the area to be cleaned. Then follow with a pressure washer. It does wonders on dirt and mildew. When working overhead I find it helpful to wear a wide brimmed hat to keep the drips out of your eyes and wear old clothes because there may be bleach spots.
 
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put it in a pump up pressure sprayer and spray the area to be cleaned
don't know why I failed to mention that I normally use whatever bleach I can get the best deal on and mix a stronger solution - 40-50% bleach
 
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