Retractableawnings.com Inc. Miami Gardens, FL
Producer: Ferrari S.A.
Supplier: F.Illi Giovanardi
Eric M. Scop
Project Manager Name
Orestes "Rocky" Clavelo Jr.
Project Manager Company
Orestes "Rocky" Clavelo Jr.
Please describe the project specifications
The client requested an “outdoor oasis” (his words) one-span, two post retractable solid wood waterproof patio cover system to provide heavy rain, hail, heat, sun, glare and UV protection. This product would allow the client to sit outside and enjoy their garden throughout the year, extending their outdoor entertainment space. For functionality they requested that water drain from the rear of the system into the front beam and exit via a downpipe, draining onto the grass thus preventing rain water from simply dropping off the front of the unit. The entire system used one continuous piece of fabric and one motor. The uprights and guides meet together at a smooth L-shaped angle, flush at the top for a perfectly smooth profile. The system has a Beaufort wind load rating Scale 9 (up to 54 mph) with the fabric fully extended and in use. A brown hood was also used to prevent rain water, debris and light snow from collecting in the folds of fabric when not in use and purlin covers were used to cover the beams for the same reason. A running profile from end to end in the rear of the unit was used to attach the Somfy RTS motor which is installed inside a motor safety box.
What was the purpose of this project? What did the client request?
The client’s intention was for installation of a retractable waterproof patio cover system to provide heavy rain, hail, heat, sun, glare and UV protection for their backyard patio area.
What is unique or complex about the project?
This project was difficult for two main reasons: 1. Very large installation fasteners needed to be used to install through a ledger board and deep in to the structure of the house. 2. The motor cable needed to be placed through deeply drilled holes as the house wall was very, very thick. Drilling through an un-even wall was definitely a challenge.
What were the results of the project?
The client was delighted with the results. The retractable patio cover system now makes it possible for the client to use the area in the rear of their house 24/7, 365. Since the client was very happy, they will be covering the ends, front and sides with our motorized vertical drop zippered awnings. Gable ends will also be covered with fixed fabric panels. Enclosing the entire area will allow the customer to heat the space in the winter and air condition the space in the summer.
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