How long does it take to build a covered patio?

This is a question that I get asked a lot. “How long will it take to build my new covered patio?” The answer has many moving parts and really depends on a number of factors. In general, most of the time it takes longer to get the HOA approval than it does to actually build the project. It could take up to a month (or longer in extreme cases) for the whole process, which consists of completing the drawings and design, submitting the application to the HOA, and then waiting up to 30 days for their approval. In very rare cases I have seen HOA’s approve projects on the same day we submitted them and I have also had HOA’s take 45 days to approve. Each HOA is different, so it’s impossible to give an exact answer, but I typically tell our clients that on average it takes a week to get the drawings back from the designer and then another few weeks to get the approval back from the HOA, so expect about 3 weeks.

Once the HOA has approved the project for construction, we immediately call the customer to schedule a pre-construction meeting on-site with the homeowner, myself and the structural framing crew. In that meeting we discuss the exact start date, but we are typically able to start the following day after our pre-construction meeting. So typically within a week of receiving the HOA approval, we are starting construction on the project.

Once the construction starts, if we are building over your existing concrete and there is no stone work to be done, we can usually finish the project within a week (providing that the homeowner is available to meet with the electrician). Stone columns typically adds a day or two to the project.

If we are doing basic broom-finished concrete it typically adds several more days to the project. If we are doing stamped concrete it may add a few more days than broom-finished concrete would take.

If you live in the city limits and require permitting and inspections, that adds time as well, typically it adds a week to the entire process.

So in a nutshell, your HOA approval and permitting (if any) typically can take up to a month and the construction process is typically around 2-3 weeks. So if you are not in a deed-restricted area and don’t have an HOA, and you are outside the city limits where there are no city permitting requirements, we can start right away and have you enjoying a patio within a few weeks. But if there are HOA’s and city governments involved and you called us today for a quote and signed a contract tomorrow, you would be enjoying your new patio within around a month and a half (give or take a few weeks depending on your HOA).

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