Trying to decide on the material that should use on your new patio cover can be frustrating. The main thought is “what type of wood should I employ? ” There is smooth, rough, Douglas fir, redwood, spruce and more. Here is one scenario that should help you to produce an informed decision.
Your new wood patio cover has just been installed along with being beautiful. But while the natural beauty of wood is undeniable, there are also many drawbacks. It must be protected from various climate. Acceptable methods include paint, stain and other various sealers (crystal clear or colored). So you invest a little sweat equity and do it yourself. But even after all of your hard work, ultra violet rays dries and bleaches it and the paint peels. Before too long you start noticing cracks. These cracks allow moisture to be absorbed like a sponge and the wood starts to help twist and warp. The nails start pulling out allowing the wood to advance even more.
Now what? A little maintenance should fix the problem. Right? You make a trip to the hardware store where you buy wood, nails, spackle, caulking and paint. At checkout you are thinking “wait a minute, I already paid for this material once”. You replace a few components, re-nail, spackle and caulk, and re-paint as needed. But the problem still exists only to repeat itself regularly. You ask yourself why did I ever have this thing constructed with wood? This continual maintenance is killing me, not to bring up draining my bank account. If only I would have built an Alumawood shade structure.
There are many benefits to using Alumawood: