Patio Cover Options | Outdoor Renovation | Patio Cover Design

Wood vs. Aluminum – which patio cover is right for you?

So you just built a patio and now you want to protect it from the elements. But, which material is right for you?  Let’s consider two of the most popular construction materials to help you decide.

Wooden Patio Coverindex

Wooden patio covers offer a natural look and feel. If replacing an existing patio cover that’s wood, this is the best option. Wood patio covers are more durable than aluminum and inexpensive, making it a financially sound decision.  However, wooden patio covers have several downsides.  Wooden patio covers are more susceptible to natural damage such as termites, rain, wind and mold.  This means higher maintenance.

Aluminum Patio Coverimages

Aluminum patio covers have longer durability than wooden patio covers because they are less affected by natural damage like its wooden counterpart.  Aluminum patio covers require very little maintenance; just hose it off and you are good to go!  However, just like wooden patio covers, there are downsides.   Aluminum patio covers have higher installation costs and require more expertise to install.  Aluminum patio covers have a cheaper feel and look to them versus wooden patio covers.  Also, having an aluminum patio cover makes it hard to hang plants or other decorative items from it.

Before undergoing a patio renovation, considering how you will use the patio, your design preferences and your budget will help you make the best decision for your home.

Holiday Fires | Fire Safety | S&S Construction

Protecting Your Home From Fire During the Holiday Seasonimages

Unfortunately, Christmas tree fires do happen. But, is it because of the real tree or the fake, store bought one? Let’s consider…

In a recent study, of the total number of residential fires reported, 530 of a total of 44,000, involved a Christmas tree. Both real trees and artificial trees were the first ignited, representing several different materials. However, the Christmas tree isn’t as likely to be the first ignited as other materials. Newspapers, boxes, bags, even curtains are more likely to ignite than the Christmas tree.

Fires involving real Christmas trees do happen but it’s important to remember, they can not start the fire. Other factors, such as faulty wiring or frayed wires on the tree lights are external factors. Keeping the following safety tips in mind will help eliminate the potential of a Christmas tree fire.

  • Select the freshest tree available, keeping the water container full at all times
  • Use extreme caution with open flames, such as a burning candle
  • Check all tree lights and other electrical decorations for worn electrical cords. Use only UL approved electrical decorations and extension cords
  • Place your Christmas tree well away from fireplaces, heat registers or other heat sources
  • Unplug the tree lights and other decorations when out of the room or while sleeping