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FAQs About Using Alumawood Covers for Pergolas

FAQs About Using Alumawood Covers for Pergolas

Pergolas are a classic design choice for a  patio cover that suits a wide variety of homes. However, Florida has so many days of high humidity and wet storms, using wood for a patio cover in Florida is not a wise choice. Alumawood covers resemble wood, but these covers are made of durable and flexible aluminum. Understanding the answers to a few common questions about Alumawood can help you make the right decision for your own backyard pergola cover.

Does Alumawood Rust?
Since Alumawood is made with aluminum, it is naturally resistant to rust. This makes it a particularly great product for our Florida climate. However, you may still see some rust spots due to the screws used to hold Alumawood covers together. Most screws are still made from steel, but the screws used in these covers are typically galvanized or hidden from view to minimizing the appearance of rust.

Is Alumawood Easy to Maintain?
Alumawood requires far less maintenance than most other materials commonly used in pergolas. You won’t need to repaint your patio cover to maintain its look.  Dirt is easy to remove just by hosing or wiping down the structure. Unlike wood pergolas, you won’t have to worry about wood rot, insect infestations and warping. Additionally, a protective surface coating keeps your structure safe from salt, pollutants and other elements.

Can Alumawood Withstand Extreme Weather?
Living in Florida means living with extreme weather. Homeowners must be careful to choose materials that can withstand harsh storms which usually include high winds, even if it’s not hurricane season. Fortunately, an Alumawood pergola offers plenty of durability and is built to survive strong winds, including those experienced during a Category 4 hurricane. Alumawood structures are also built to endure other types of weather, including heat and extensive sunlight. As much as we love our sunshine, the sun can literally eat through materials.

How Can I Customize My Alumawood Cover?
Alumawood covers are available in a variety of colors, including varying shades of white, gray and brown. You’ll also be able to choose from four attractive designs for the end pieces of the cover. To further personalize your cover, you can hang lightweight plants, lights or other decorations from a lattice patio cover without worrying about pulling down the structure. Finally, Alumawood covers can be attached to your home or build it as a free-standing structure.

How Does the Cost Compare to Wood?
Pergola covers made with Alumawood will cost more to install than pergolas made with wood. However, it’s important to look beyond the upfront cost of both products; Alumawood is a strong material that will last without needing the expensive repairs and frequent maintenance that wood structures typically require. Building a pergola with wood will need to be replaced more frequently.

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If you want a wood patio cover but are concerned about the strength of the material, consider opting for Alumawood instead. With Alumawood, you can have the wood look you desire without worrying about the pergola surviving a storm and years of moisture. Dulando Screen & Awning offers many types of patio covers and aluminum awnings built with Alumawood for Florida homeowners. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to learn more about Alumawood.  We’ll be happy to schedule an in-home consultation and provide you with no-obligation free estimate to build the backyard of your dreams.

Types of Patio Covers for your Backyard

Types of Patio Covers for your Backyard

What makes a covered patio a marvelous addition to your backyard landscape? These handy structures offer a shady space to escape from the steamy Florida sun while relaxing alone, entertaining friends or grilling up a tasty meal. With so many different patio covers to choose from, it’s easy to find a style and size that’s perfect for your patio and enhance your backyard.

Aluminum Awnings

When it comes to providing shade, aluminum awnings are patio and porch covers that get the job done. Both highly efficient and relatively inexpensive, these durable awnings shield you and your space from the elements, extending the amount of time when your patio is a comfortable refuge. Aluminum awnings last for years and require little in the way of maintenance. As a side bonus, homeowners don’t have to waste time worrying about issues with burning or insect damage. A custom-built aluminum awning can be designed to shelter practically any size space, and the clean, attractive appearance of this type of patio roof is sure to enhance a home’s curb appeal.

Alumawood Pergolas From Structall

With their classic lines and incredible flexibility, pergolas are a favorite type of patio cover that adds warmth and elegance to any landscape. Traditionally, pergolas were made of wood, and the upkeep required to keep them in good repair was quite a commitment.

Today, homeowners can have both the look they love and the convenience of minimal maintenance with Structall’s Alumawood Shade Structures. Combining the benefits of wood and aluminum, Alumawood offers the look and feel of wood thanks to an embossed surface and the ease of care of aluminum. These pergolas will not warp, rot or crack, and owners never need to stress about painting or termites. Alumawood is available in seven designer colors and are finished with a high-quality paint that won’t chip or peel. Homeowners also have their choice of various beam and rafter end cuts. Additional options include recessed lighting and a patented gutter guard system.

Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels From Structall

Another smart innovation from Structall is Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels. These are perfect for a patio roof. The patio roof is created with a metal skin over a foam core and a patented joint system. These panels deliver impressive strength and offer superior energy efficiency, helping to keep the area they shelter significantly cooler. In fact, studies have shown that structures built using Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels can result in an up to 58 percent reduction in heating and cooling costs. The insulation hidden inside these panels can also muffle noises, so the sound of heavy rain or hail hitting the patio cover is less intrusive.

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Capable of accommodating a broad range of floor plans, Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels allow you to personalize your patio with ease. They will support unique options like a ceiling fan or skylight, and they can be used with their existing finish or topped with shingles or vinyl siding. If you decide to build a patio cover using Insulated Panels, then we can also go the extra step and provide a screen enclosure to really protect you against the Florida elements.

Are you ready to install a patio cover at your central Florida property? Let the experts at Dulando Screen and Awning help you select the ideal option for your home. Our team of talented designers, skilled fabricators and experienced installers delights in delivering the best for our customers. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to schedule a free in-home design consultation.Save

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