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 Alumawood 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 Alumawood pergola 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 patio covers 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.
Additional Reading: Alumawood Covers
- Six Tips Before Building a Backyard Pergola
- Types of Patio Covers for your Backyard
- Cost to Build a Pergola – DIY vs. Hiring a Professional
- FAQs When Building a Pergola
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.