Alumawood Patio Covers FAQ's
Frequently Asked Questions about Alumawood Patio Covers
There are a wide range of patio covers out there to choose from including aluminum, vinyl, wood, and many more. That's why we have focused on answering some frequently asked questions on what seperates Alumawood from the rest.
Alumawood is the brand name for an aluminum product meant to look like a traditional wood patio cover. It’s created and manufactured by its international parent company OmniMax who specializes in a wide range of building materials.
The true appeal of an Alumawood Cover is that it’s a cross between natural wood covers, imitating the natural and soft look of cedar, and the structural integrity of Aluminum. It’s the best of both worlds and that’s why it’s gradually been gaining popularity over the years.
The benefits don’t stop there, though. Alumawood is also waterproof, rust-resistant, bug-free, requires little to no maintinence, and provides increases the value of your home by a greater amount relative to other materials.
There are 7 different color to choose from for your outdoor project including White, Adobe, Mojave Tan, Latte, White, Desert Sand, Spanish Brown, and Graphite, and Sonora Beige.
There is no shortage of add-ons and accessories when it comes to Alumawood. Some of the most bought add-ons include thew AlumaBase, AlumaTable, Mega Beam, Alumahangers, hole plugs, roller shades, and many more. As you can probably tell, many of these accessories are specially made with Alumawood in mind and manufacturers are constantly rolling out new products for Alumawood owners.
Alumawood is generally more cost effective than its wooden counterpart. In fact, wood is about 50% more expensive than Alumawood. This is due to the shortage of lumber available to suppliers and distributors and the higher cost associated with the method of installation. There are also added costs with government regulations and constant maintenance due to the deterioration of the wood.
Alumawood has an impressive lifespan ranging from 15-20 years the recommended amount of cleaning and sealing that comes with time. However, we’ve seen a well-maintained cover last up to 40 years under the right circumstances so you can be sure they’re an ideal option for longevity compared to their organic materials which last less than half the time.
How much weight each cover can hold varies based on the dimensions of the patio cover along with the number of support posts and any other structural components that go into the load capacity. In general, you can safely load 25 lbs per square foot of material but you should also consult with your installer to verify the rated load capacity of your project. Other measures can be made to significantly improve the structural integrity including adding bracing and reinforcements.
It is highly encouraged that you obtain a permit when building either a freestanind or attatched patio cover for your home. Permit prices vary from city to city and between counties. We offer our customers with options with the permit pricing built in if they’d prefer not going through the trouble of aquiring one.