Aluminum patio covers provide protection from the weather conditions. Installing a patio cover can increase the value of your home and last for many years. The average cost varies based on the materials used and whether a contractor installs the patio cover. The approximate cost for an aluminum patio cover measuring 20 by 20 feet is between $6,000 and $8,000, according to CostHelper.com.
Advances in the manufacturing of aluminum have led to a wide selection of patio covers in different colors and textures. Some aluminum patio covers mimic the appearance of wood but are much easier to maintain. Manufacturers and patio cover retailers offer a DIY kit, which can be customized based on the size of your patio. Manufacturers offer a warranty on the workmanship or manufacturing defects of the aluminum.
Designer aluminum covers are generally higher quality and more expensive. DIY kits generally start at $10 per square foot for patio kits that attach to the home. Freestanding DIY kits start at $15.50 per square foot. If you plan on hiring a contractor to install the aluminum patio cover, the cost increases.
Insulated aluminum patio covers feature structural foam inside. The insulation reduces heat under the patio cover. It also reduces the sound of rain and can be walked on. Insulated aluminum cover kits that attach to the home generally start at $13.50 per square foot. Freestanding kits start at $19.50 per square foot.
Your jurisdiction may require a building permit to install an aluminum patio cover. Contact your jurisdiction's permits department to find out what the requirements are for the patio cover. Each jurisdiction has specific requirements based on weather conditions such as wind, snow and heat. Obtaining a permit to install a patio cover may require paying a fee.