||PROS: Great patio cover. Well designed. Looks very nice. Good quality parts. Allows light into the room adjacent of our patio. Relatively easy for a single person to install (10x10 version). Instructions are actually clear once you dig in.
CONS: Very minor but no gutter hose for odd sized gutter opening.
Tips for non-brick exterior:
I installed on our 2 story framed home with siding exterior. The recommended height for the ledger placed it right around the proximity of the rim joist which made the install really easy.
To prevent water egress, I applied some heavy duty foam flashing stripping to the inside of the ledger and fastened it directly through the siding into the rim joist (GRK structural screws). I then used a roofing grade flashing caulk to seal up the top of the ledger.
I used GRK structural lag screws for the ledger install and highly recommend those or something similar (ledgerloks, etc.). No predrilling necessary and extremely strong.
The panels are a tight fit so a rubber mallet is highly recommended although a scrap of 2x and a regular hammer would work in a pinch.
Installing the panels also helped to square up the unit as a whole so I wouldn't worry too much about having the outer joists 100% perfectly square until after the panels are installed.
I mounted directly onto our trex deck but pulled up a few boards and boxed in the area where the cover's feet mount to with some PT 2x6 between the deck joists. I used more GRK lags to fasten the feet through the deck boards and into the reinforced 2x6 sections which met the 2.3" min spec for wood depth.
The entire structure is surprisingly solid for how light weight it is and looks really nice. I could have easily spent as much on raw materials to build something similar from wood but it would have a much higher dead weight and require concrete footers.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]