Adding a sunshade or patio cover to an existing roof is not a simple project. The problem arises when you try to figure out how to join the new roof to the old roof. Simply attaching to the vertical surface of the wall or even to the fascia board would not be nearly high enough. In response, the SkyLift Hardware company offers the SkyLift Roof Riser brackets to simplify construc- tion. The brackets provide the ability to securely mount the new roof structure well above the rain gutter and slope it (if desired) for rain runoff without obstructing the view from below. The SkyLift bracket accomplishes this by providing a vertical riser with a flat plate that penetrates the roof and bolts to the top plate of the exterior wall. The top of the riser accepts a metal saddle designed to hold a beam, which supports the house end of the new roof. A corresponding beam set on posts supports the other end of the roof. There are several advantages to the SkyLift design. First, it attaches to the wall framing without interfering with the roof support system. Second, it seals with a standard pipe jack flash- ing just like the vent pipes you see on most roofs. Third, it pro- vides a way to set the roof beam into place one end at a time.
Raise the Roof with SkyLift Hardware
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