Alumawood vs. Wood

Wood is no longer the go-to choice for patio covers and pergola lattices. As the patio industry evolves, aluminum has revolutionized the way we think about durability.

What is better, Alumawood made from aluminum, or Wood?

While wood covers used to last a mere decade, aluminum has stretched its lifespan to unprecedented levels, now lasting for decades. Despite regular maintenance, wood deteriorates over short time, eventually requiring replacement. Wood twists, warps, mildews, rots, burns, attracts termites, splits & splinters.

In contrast, aluminum structures are exceptionally durable and require minimal upkeep, offering a lifespan of decades. Alumawood shade structures outshine wood in terms of durability, as they are manufactured high-grade aluminum, providing nearly maintenance-free solutions.

If you desire an effortlessly maintained patio cover, aluminum is the way to go, saving you both time and effort.


Alumawood Vs. Vinyl

Vinyl also falls short in comparison to Alumawood or wood when it comes to strength, as it sags and loses its sheen over time, requiring a replacement cover.

Combining the warmth of wood with the easy maintenance of vinyl, Alumawood outlasts both wood and vinyl due to its rust-resistant aluminum composition.

Vinyl patio covers, on the other hand, cannot withstand heavy snow or wind loads without costly reinforcements. Additionally, some individuals find the presence of plastic in their outdoor spaces unappealing. Moreover, vinyl covers often fade, crack, or deteriorate under intense sunlight or UV radiation.

Alumawood Vs. Louvered Patio Covers

The brands on the market include Temo, Cardinal, Solara, Equinox, StruXure, Luxury Pergola, Azenco, Sundance Louvered Roofs, and Pergola Roof. The benefit of all the adjustable louvered pergolas is that you can adjust the light coming in and close it off for rain protection. Some are opened and closed with a hand crank, while others use a motorized system.

These systems are very nice; however, the downside is that they are costly, some costing as much as $400 per square foot. Most are not designed to be installed by Do-It-Yourself as they require a factory-trained contractor to install and do maintenance to retain the warranty.

Alumawood, on the other hand, is a cost-effective and DIY-friendly option for your patio cover. While louvered patio covers offer adjustable light and rain protection, the hefty price tag pushes out most homeowners from this market. Plus, Alumawood allows you to create your own shade at a fraction of the cost.