Patio cover installations, whether big or small, require a number of steps to complete successfully. From the initial quote, to planning, council approval, and the final construction phase, there’s a lot of work involved. For this reason, it can be tough to figure out exactly how long a job will take, without first knowing the entire project scope.
However, if you know roughly what must happen at each stage of the installation process, it’s possible to estimate the timeline. To help you figure this out, we have broken down the process of an average installation job for you.
Stage 1: Quote and Agreement
On a suitable day and time, a designer consultant will visit your home. They will assess your outdoor space, discuss your specific project needs, whether council approval may be required and give you a rough price estimate. In most cases, this service is free of charge and comes with no obligation.
How long do you have to wait for an appointment? Most companies will be able to visit you within a few days of receiving your enquiry. If you’re lucky, they may even do so you within 24 hours. Of course, availability will vary, especially if the company has a lot of projects on the backburner.
After the appointment, you will have about a week or so to consider your options. Then, the same design consultant who visited you, will get in touch again to find out if you wish to proceed.
Estimated time: 10-14 days
Stage 2: Deposit, Site Check, and Drafting of Plans
Next, your works will be allocated to a supervisor and will need to organise a time to conduct a site inspection.
During the 2nd inspection, your builder will perform a number of tasks: take measurements, identify any potential design complications, and answer any questions you have. They may also guide you through the design process, letting you choose your ideal – roof profile, materials, colours, insulation thickness, weatherproof treatment, and gutter drainage system.
After collecting this info, the company’s in-house designer will draft a concept plan and submit to you for approval.
Estimated time: Approximately 4 weeks
Stage 3: Council Approval (If required)
In some cases, council approval may be required. Generally, when the design consultant conducts the onsite consultation they will be able to advise if it may be necessary council approval.
All councils have specific requirements, council requirements may include but are not limited to environmentally sensitive land for instance, areas that contain heritage-listed items, prone to bushfires and cyclones, there can be height and size restrictions, certain boundaries which the structure will require to be within. You may also need approval if the development is on a commercial or industrial site.
If your project does need approval from the council, your patio company should be able to step in. They will prepare the necessary documents and plans then submit them to the council for approval.
There are no ‘average’ time frames for the council approval process. You may only need to wait a couple of days, or up to several weeks. Fortunately, at this stage, the gears are definitely in motion…
Estimated time: Approximately 12 weeks including Construction Certificate
Stage 4: Scheduling and Ordering of Materials
You’ve made great progress so far on your patio installation project. Next, it’s the supervisor’s job to prepare a project schedule. This will involve ordering materials, organising and scheduling in your builder, setting an approximate build date and any other tasks associated with your works.
From there the delivery of your materials will be arranged prior to the build taking place. This way, everything the team needs to start will be readily available from day one.
Now, all that’s left is the final construction phase…
Estimated time: Approximately 3-4 weeks (Dependent upon construction/material type, volume of works and inclement weather)
Stage 5: Construction
The day has finally arrived! With planning out of the way, all you have to do is sit back, and let the workers do their thing.
On the agreed start date ensuring no delays, the workers will show up with the necessary materials, labour, and equipment to do the job. During the course of building, they will guide you through the process, and treat you and your property with utmost respect. Rest assured, every effort is made to keep disruption to a minimum.
Depending on the size and layout of the installation space, most patios only take around 4-5 days to install. In fact, it’s probably the fastest step out of this entire list! Keep in mind, factors outside the builder’s control can delay the project. For instance, a sudden case of bad weather.
Once the workers have done their job, they will clean up the site, and make sure your patio is ready to enjoy!
Estimated time: Approximately 5-7 days (Dependent upon construction/material type, volume of works and inclement weather)
Stage 6: Enjoy Your New Patio
Finally, you can enjoy your new outdoor entertainment area, any time of day – all year round.
Of course, the job doesn’t end on the day of installation. Why? Well, if you have chosen a reputable patio provider, they’ll back up their products and services with a manufacturer lifetime guarantee.
ATS Awnings & Additions proudly offers up to 25-year manufacturer lifetime guarantee for all patio covers. With this level of coverage, you can be certain that your investment will provide many years of fun and enjoyment outdoors, and with very little maintenance required.
Estimated time: up to 25 years+ of quality outdoor living
For a no obligation measure and quote on patio installations, call ATS Awnings & Additions on (02) 8014 5230 or contact us today.