Alumawood Patio Ideas

Alumawood is a type of building material used for patios.

Pergola

Made of embossed aluminum with a textured wood-grain finish, Alumawood looks like wood, but does not have the disadvantages of wood. Unlike real wood, Alumawood does not rot, warp nor chip. Furthermore, it does not attract termites and is nearly maintenance-free. Alumawood comes in several do-it-yourself kits, which offer flexibility in design options.

A pergola is an attractive addition to any landscape. Putting a pergola on top of an existing concrete slab or wooden deck can create an architectural detail that will stand out. Use Alumawood to build a pergola with slatted or lattice roof to let breezes easily flow through. The four style options for beam and rafter end cuts are--beveled, mitered, corbel and scallop. Opt for the beveled and mitered cuts if you prefer clean lines. Choose corbel or scallop if you prefer curvier ends. Add some vines that will grow and provide a natural canopy to cover the sunlight. Adding an outdoor dining table and chairs will make dining al fresco possible.

Different styles of Alumawood to build a pergola are available. Choose from traditional, Mediterranean, modern or Asian styles with colors that will complement your home.

Attached Patio

Create an extension of your home by building an attached patio using Alumawood. Choosing Alumawood with posts and solid top will protect this outdoor room from the elements. Install a ceiling fan to fight the heat during hot summer days. Placing cushioned wicker sofa and chairs can provide enough seating for company, a place to read a book or take an afternoon nap. Adding curtains to your attached Alumawood patio will add privacy. Build an Alumawood dummy wall with lattice design where trailing plants can climb.

Awning

Attach an Alumawood awning to the exterior back wall of your home. An awning can make your existing backyard patio more comfortable by providing protection from the sun. Add hanging plants to complete the look.

Mixed Top Patio

Design a patio using Alumawood with mixed tops, which includes at least two posts and a combination of open/slatted and solid tops. Mixed-top Alumawood gives you an area that has more protection from the sun while still having an option for sunlight to filter through. A mixed-top design is an ideal option for a bigger patio that you can use for multiple functions. For example, you can put a cooking or barbecue area under the open top and then a seating or dining area under the solid top.

Enclosed Patio

Adding an enclosed patio gives you a functional room usable day or night through any type of weather. An enclosed patio is an ideal option if you live in an area that experiences extreme temperatures, which may be too hot in the summer or freezing cold in the winter. Enclosing a patio with all-weather Alumawood and glass windows can protect your outdoor furniture from heavy rains or snow.

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