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Painting a Ramada in AZ: What You Need to Know

Ramadas are one of the many unique design features of homes in the Southwest.


A beautifully built ramada will add value and personal enjoyment to you home. However, often homeowners find themselves in dire straights due to poor construction.


Many builders want to set up ramadas as quickly as possible, so they often cut important corners that later affect the integrity of the structure. One big mistake contractors make is setting up the entire structure before painting it. Once it is all assembled many important pieces of the structure cannot be sealed or treated to prevent damage. After it’s assembled, there are large areas of the beams that cannot be reached by contractors but, unfortunately, can are reached by water and weather. These areas will eventually deteriorate, impacting the strength and integrity of the ramada. The most common areas include horizontal beams that are placed closely together and the joints where beams connect to other surfaces.


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What does it all boil down to? Wood must be sealed on all sides before being assembled. It is the only way to prevent water and weather damage down the line.    


Another reason ramadas don’t hold up over time is due to the condition of the wood beam used during construction. Many times, in their haste, contractors will not inspect the wood thoroughly and will use beams that are already warped. These damaged beams will affect the structural integrity of the ramada. As a homeowner, take the time to inspect the beams yourself, this will save you a great headache later on.

Many builders want to set up ramadas as quickly as possible, so they often cut important corners that later affect the integrity of the structure.

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Steven Adickes

President, Adix Painting

Our Ramada Project in Tempe, AZ

Our long time client found herself with just such a situation. Her long ago contractor failed to properly seal and treat the wood, and we were called out to take a look. The damage was such that many of the beams had to be replaced.

Painting the Beams

All the beams were brushed with a wire brush to remove any loose fiber and were then dusted. Once the beams were clean we placed two coats of Sherwin Williams Log Home Semi-Transparent Stain tinted to Dunn Edwards color DEA 161 Wild Mustang on each.

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Treating the Beams

When the beams were screwed in from the top we filled in all of the holes and ran caulk along the joints where the top beams rested on the larger support beams. For this type of seal, we used 100% Waterproof Brown Dap Window, Door & Trim Sealant – Dynaflex 230. When placing the horizontal cross beams it is important to apply a waterproof sealant the support beams where they connect to the horizontal beams. This will ensure that water can’t get into the support cross beams.


The ramada was set atop stucco columns that we first primed with PPG 4-603 Perma-Crete Alkali Resistant Masonry Coatings and were then top coated with two coats of Dunn Edwards Evershield 10 (flat) DEC 759 Hickory.

Additional Project Shots


When Wood Goes Bad

A few images of homes throughout Arizona with rotted wood due to lack of proper treatment and sealing.

  • Sedona, AZ

    Rotted Beams

    Repainted soffits/eves and roof support beams. Beams were severely rotted, they had a new medal roof put on home and they put medal over tops of beams 2016 Dake property, we have two Top Jobs with them. I helped with all doors and some drywall and painting on interior as well.

  • Tempe, AZ

    Untreated Beams

    Areas completely rooted. We removed failing wood fibers, applied a urethane acrylic, wood stabilizer to bond and seal wood fibers before apply Miracle Bond Epoxy. As previously noted, the structure was most likely assembled with un-primed wood when built and painted after construction.

  • Phoenix, AZ

    Fascia Beams

    We have endless pics of fascia problems from splits to peeling paint after some other painter completed completed painting without proper repair steps .