At Ultimate Alfresco, creating your dream space is our priority. And there’s a lot that goes into creating an outdoor area for you to live in and love. That’s why attention to detail is so vital.
Detail like understanding the differences when choosing the perfect material to build your patio or pergola with, so you end up with your perfect outdoor space.
For example, the difference between steel and aluminium.
If having your alfresco area look and feel well made and part of your home (rather than being tacked on), then choosing the right material to build with is important.
Here are three reasons we think choosing aluminium can be a better option than steel.
1. Minimal maintenance
Aluminium can be powder coated, where steel frames welded on site cannot. Welded steel frames can only be painted, which requires ongoing maintenance. Paint does not stand up to weather as well as powder coating, so can more easily start to peel or break down. That is visually unappealing, as well as meaning you have to get the paint brushes out or the painters in.
Aluminium frames mean you don’t have to worry about rust causing damage to your patio or pergola frame either. Why? because steel rusts and aluminium doesn’t.
2. No bumpy bits
Steel frames have welded joints, which can be quite unsightly. Building with an aluminium frame means you can use engineered concealed bracketry – creating flush seamless joints. And that is much more visually appealing.
Also, steel beams tend to have visible seams, which can be amplified when painted.
3. Better engineering
Aluminium frames are much lighter than steel frames. This means they can span exceptional distances and are substantially smaller than a steel beam spanning the same distance. Being lighter doesn’t mean aluminium is weaker. Our Louvretec range of opening roofs is made to withstand winds of over 160km/hour.
So, if you’re looking at adding an alfresco area to your home, talk to us about your options. We will work with you to create the alfresco of your dreams.
There is a big difference between a custom patio and an “off the shelf” patio.
A custom design means your outdoor area is unique to your home and your patio looks and feels like an integral part of your home.
An “off the shelf” patio is usually a simple square or straight forward rectangle that can end up looking tacked onto your home.
With a custom patio, you have direct input to what you want and like. And working with specialist custom alfresco designers means you can end up with the patio of your dreams.
At Ultimate Alfresco, Letitia, our Alfresco Specialist, spends time with you to take your ideas and create a patio that will suit your home. This means looking at all the options while working with what you are envisioning.
A custom patio works with your home, so it can include different styles to work with the features of your existing home, like swimming pools or landscaping and working with you to get the design you want.
There are other things you can consider when designing your patio.
When it comes to what your patio is built with, you have a number of options:
And you don’t have to use just one of the materials, you can mix it up by combining materials in your custom design.
Your outdoor area can incorporate more than your patio. Therefore, thinking about future additions is important. Do you want to add an outdoor kitchen? Perhaps you will need blinds? Or you may want to add a pool one day.
It is important to make sure your patio is designed to be able to incorporate these extra features later, without impacting too much on your current patio.
Dependent on which materials you choose for your patio, your colour selection can certainly make or break your new outdoor area.
The colour you choose will add to the appearance and can be a feature in its own right.
You can choose colours for almost every area of your custom patio, from posts to gutters to the roof and flooring. Letitia, our Alfresco Specialist works with you to help guide you through the decision making.