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Welcome, my name is XXXXX XXXXX I will do my best to help you with your issueThe primary benefit of the aluminum is the low maintenance but these aluminum structure tend to lack any aesthetic appeal
I would get more specific from your other contractor on just what he is proposing for a wood structure
How much yearly maintenance / cost is wood?
I assume we'd want some sort of treated wood, then painted to match the house?
It can be done in a way where the maintenance is minimal
Actually I'd stain it a solid color to match. The stain will last longer
yes pressure treated where you are is advisable
I am meeting with the aluminum guy tomorrow, and the wood guy on Monday. Do you have specific questions you'd ask each?
Aluminum structures like this are pretty standard. You just need to be sure it's code compliant
So in terms of adding value to the house (or at least not subtracting value) you'd opt for a built wooden structure, yes?
Absolutely, wood will add more to the value of the house. Aluminum can look cheap and won't age as well
So wood will cost less initially and add more to the value and appeal of the house
You just need specifics from the wood guy
What it will look like
Ask for a drawing
You can still incorporate some aluminum features into the wood structure. Screen frames, for example, would be better in aluminum
Okay, any other specific questions, e.g. type of wood? (besides pressure treated)
The pressure treated is typically SYP (southern yellow pine) where you are but the wood specie is not critical
I would assume the roof would be wood framed and shingled to match the house
Also if the screens aren't floor to ceiling I'd expect the siding below would be Hardie board like the house. Screen should be removable
I don't know if you're in the mountains where it might snow more but removable screens that can be replaced with glass panels would be beneficial anyway. To make the room more 3+ seasonal
Okay, thanks, XXXXX XXXXX It sounds like wood also gives us more design options, since aluminum is pre-cut and more standardized...
If there is nothing else you want to add, I think that answers all my questions for now...
Yes and wood will looks much better
That should cover it