In the past, when it came to building a patio cover, consumers were usually given two choices of materials: wood or aluminum. Both materials have positives as well as negatives (see my blog post on wood vs. aluminum patio covers). In many cases, clients want the look and feel of wood but not all the upkeep that wood requires. In these instances, I often recommend using Alumawood® created by Amerimax Building Products.
Alumawood is a material that does a good job of combining the positives of wood and aluminum into one product. Basically, Alumawood looks like wood on the outside but isn’t vulnerable to sun damage, water damage, termites or wood rot. Unlike traditional wood patio covers, Alumawood doesn’t require regular coating and sealing to keep it protected and looking nice.
The folks at Amerimax offer a variety of different Alumawood patio covers, including full roofs and latticed covers that let some sun in. They also offer carports.
I’ve been building decks, patios and patio covers for over ten years now. At Best Rate Repair, we use wood, aluminum and Alumawood, among other materials. I have to say that I enjoy working with Alumawood. Their products can be used on simple projects as well as very custom projects. My clients like the look of the material and definitely appreciate how little upkeep it takes.
As far as pricing goes, Alumawood typically costs about 25% – 35% more than wood. Keep in mind, however, that Alumawood has a longer lifespan than traditional wood patio covers and requires less maintenance, which will save an owner time, labor and the cost of cleaning, sealing and re-staining materials. The labor costs of building an Alumawood patio cover vs. a wooden patio cover is approximately the same (at least at Best Rate Repair).
As a builder, my recommendation is always for a client to go with the material they feel best about. I try to give the pros and cons of both wood and aluminum and suggest Alumawood when it seems appropriate. When choosing a patio cover material, homeowners need to consider how long they plan on living in their home, how they foresee using the patio, their budget and their geographic location. For instance, if they live in a wet area or somewhere near the ocean, a wooden patio cover just isn’t practical. If they still want that wood look for their patio, then Alumawood may be a great option for them.
I also recommend checking out the Alumawood website to see the different Alumawood styles they offer. If you ever have any questions about using Alumawood for your patio cover or how Alumawood compares to wooden patio covers or aluminum patio covers, give me a call at (619) 229 0116 or contact me through my website.