FULL BOXED FRAME structures that are covered with sheet metal. Much like a metal building material that is available in several different sizes and colors. Red or galvanized or even a painted finished coated metal that is available in any size and color option.
ROLLED FORMED pans are custom rolled from various different flat stock coil which are available in various thicknesses and different colors. Flat stock coils are available in both aluminum and steel metals. NOTE: Not all fabricated rolled formed pans are the very same. We also offer all types of canopy trim options.
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) where originally designed and built for the Cold Storage and Sunroom industries. They have been used for several years and have been proven to be a very strong roof and wall panel that can offer you the ultimate solid roof and/or wall building material. They offer the industry best R value even over the traditional stick framing building methods that most. The SIP panels have evolved into more of the modern-day building material in today's home building all in the name of energy efficiency. These panels can stop the heat infiltration that we get from all other building materials. Panels are available with all types of various different claddings such as Aluminum, Steel and OSB plywood and various different thicknesses. We invite you to do your own research into the best building material for any type of Sunroom, Screen Room or Patio cover to date. It can make the difference between using the area or it's just too hot. I also build carports out of the SIPs because most other panels are just a single ply building panel and are subject to hell damage that you can see from the underside of the canopy structure. Today they are even building houses out of the SIPs.
Structural Insulated panels are available with an aluminum or steel metal panels and are stocked up to a 24ft long panel with a white or Ivory stucco finish. OSB sanded plywood finish SIPs requires additional cladding and finishes. Other custom metal colors and finishes can be special ordered. A Better Construction Co DBA as Carports and Patio covers of Oklahoma are framers by trade and we are also considered to be specialty metal builder/contactors and are uniquely qualified to build any type of structure. After all any building starts with its frame structure.
The SIPs offer advantages over any single ply rolled formed carport canopies when used within a hail prone area. If there is hail dinged on top of the SIPs you won't see the dings from the button side of the panels.
The SIPs canopies are much quieter, and you don't hear that pinging noise that you might hear during a heavy rain or hailstorm event.
A SIP type of patio cover may mean the difference between you using your patio cover or sunroom on a hot summer's day or not. If anyone ever wanted to convert an open-air patio cover into a screen porch or a sunroom at a later date the structure insulated panel (SIP) patio cover is the way to go. The SIPs can also be used as a wall, or a roof panels.
Screen room aluminum lentils and doors can also be used to close in most patio covers now or at a later date for a screen room or a sunroom use.
We invite you to explore to newer more advanced building materials of today before you build. Contact us for more information
Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) - Foam Core Insulated Panels are pressure laminated composites of baked, polyester-coated steel or aluminum coil sheets that have been rolled formed, and computer cut and routed expanded polystyrene foam (EPS). These elements are laminated under pressure with an adhesive to produce a panel having structural and insulating properties. Think of them as a strong foam core thick metal sandwich. SIPs are great for any type of outdoor canopy structure and have been used within the sunroom and the cold storage industry for several years and are now becoming more mainstream as the preferred framing roofing or wall construction of today. THINK OF A SIP LIKE AN 3" THICK ICE CHEST... The new home building industry are designing and building whole house design and building packages out of these energy efficient building panels.
The structural insulated panels are a very strong wall or roofing panel that offers a whole lot more the any single ply building panel. We are all used to building a stick or metal frame then cladding that consist of a wood or metal frame with an exterior cladding (ie siding, brick, rock) and we use some form of insulation and then sheetrock and paint the interior cladding. The SIP's come in various different thickness and has been used within the sunroom industry for many years.
These high-tech building panels offers offer and very strong structural 4-ft wide panel that doesn't all the framing that a stick or metal frame structure has to have. It does offer a high energy efficient insulated panel that does not allow the heat source (the sun) from any transfer though the wall or roof building panels, so it is good for use on a patio cover that you're going to setting up under. The temps can be as much 20 degrees lower under one of these types of canopies. With use of CAD operator, we can order a whole house all design with the SIP panels. Then after the he SIPs arrive at the building site they can be assembled within days as opposed to mouths that it takes for stick or metal framing at the building on-site. The results in the time saving labor cost offsets and building materials increase costs but the energy saving is huge.
Insulated carports and patio cover roof panels are great for energy efficiency and are extremely rugged in design, supporting up to 72 lbs. Per sq foot.
These insulated foam panels are 15 times more airtight then stick framing and reduce the heat transfer coming through the panel by 97 percent and can dramatically reduce the temperature underneath the canopy cover. SIPs are very strong they do not require as much of an understructure framing like traditional metal, stick or even timber framing.
SIPs are far superior in the thermal blocking and reflecting any heat transfer through the building materials in the heat of the hot summer season!
In the outside use of a patio cover, screen sunroom application we normally use an aluminum cladded cover SIP panel that are normally 4 ft wide or can be ordered as a 2ft wide panel and they snap lock together.
The SIPs can also be cladded or covered with a OSB plywood cladding so they can be covered using the traditional composition shingle or other cladding materials. We also offer a steel type of cladding SIP as well.
Various different poles and cross beams options are available in different colors
Wood - Stick or timber framing run deep within our roots and we are old framers from way back. All outdoor wooden product has to be protected so they won't be affected by moisture and decay faster as well as being protected from bugs such as termites.
When using wood within an outdoor environment you have to be commented to protecting and preserving the wood building products from the weather or the wood is going to turn a dull gray color and not look very good within a just a few (2-3) seasons. We call it wood or weather rot. When wood is used within an outdoor application it is always suggested that we use a premium wood that performs better within an outdoor application such as a Cedar or a Redwood. Those types of woods are considered to be a premium cost wood product and just cost more the standard white pine stick framing members that the framing members are normally going to be covered up with wall or roofing cladding materials. Using the premium woods does have a higher overall building cost.
There are always additional services such as roofing and painting services that have to consider when using any wood products. Wood has a "limited lifespan, especially when used within an outdoor use application.
The facts are we always use a whole lot more sticks and larger timber while framing the same type of open span outdoor structure as we do use as a metal product. As much a 4x times more wood products are needed to safely cover the same open span as a metal product. Using wood there has to be at least 3-4 time more roof pitch when using the wood product over using metal products.
Within In an add-on type of structure applications that ties into the existing structure we must be sure that that the existing structure is designed or engineered to handle any additional structure and that may require to add to the structure. Additional professional architectural services may be needed. With that being said there is nothing that looks like and the smell like a nice cedar wood framed structure and some just prefer the rustic look of a nice wood framed structure.
LVL = Laminated Veneer Lumber which is stronger than wood and mainly used as beam support for longer open spans depending on the structure application. These beams are available in various different sizes.
Combination building materials carports and patio covers. Wood covered strutures
These types of carports looks like it is wood, but it isn't. It is a stronger metal structure that is covered with cedar wood trim
with oversized 6x6 cedar wood poles. The canopy top is rolled formed Sheetmetal steel with a side rake trim and drip edge on it. We also build combination patio covers that might be a solid type of canopy cover with a mixed form of lattice work with it. Today we blur the lines and can build almost anything.
Any and all of the building materials have their own limits to how they should be safely used to cover the canopy open span area or between any structure poles. If you exceed the building materials limits the structure could fail while under stress which normally comes during a server weather event.
The stress of any structure can come from many forms but normally come from wind, snow. earthquake or shafting of the dirt soil.
Live loads refer to the total weight of the structure.
Snow loads refers to the amount of "snow and ice" weight per sq ft (PSF) that a building's roof is able to support.
Wind loads refer to the amount of force the winds put on any type of structure and in a canopy type of application we talk about up-drafts or down-drafts winds.
When dealing with a larger clear open span structure without the use of any center poles you must use building materials that are engineered or designed for that purpose which it is intended.
The larger the canopy structure the larger and heavier the beams and poles must be as that is what is doing the heavy lifting of the canopy above.
It is always better to over build, then to under build any structure just in case.
Do not scrimp on the poles that is what holds the structure up!
Aluminum is always the preferred outdoor canopy cover build materials because it will not rust over time like any steel structure will due. There are different forms of aluminum covers such a rolled formed or a heavy duty thicker extruded aluminum canopy structure.
Extruded mean that the aluminum was forced though a die to form its final shape. The extruded aluminum canopy structures are much thicker and heavier gauged building materials then most of the smaller gauged rolled formed or bent into formed economical priced aluminum canopy.
Extruded aluminum covers are real heavy duty and is considered to be a lifetime aluminum roof panel. They are mainly used a commercial or industrial or a hospital or a school learning application or anyone who might want the strongest lifetime roof cover canopy that is made with aluminum.
From large to small overhead dock door covers offers weather protection from the rain snow and ice. Overhead door awnings are used for a single or multiple overhead doors as well as windows. These types of overhead awnings are used to keep rainwater and the hot summer sun off of the strip mall front door and allows your customer to enter your location without getting soaked or burning their hands on a door handle due to the sun. See awning section
An awning covering can be a small single door/window awning or a large sidewalk or a store front covering.
These types of awnings can serve different purposes. They can shade the front doors and windows and also help keep them safe from hall damage and protect the people as they come in or out of your business. Around here we can get some damaging hail that can put your stores front glass at risk. The sidewalk awning protects your customers as they enter your establishment and can be used as a drive-up window awning.
Patio Covers of Oklahoma by A Better Construction - designs and builds high-quality custom patio canopies that are built to our customers wants and needs. Outdoor patio covers can come in many shapes, styles, sizes, materials, and prices. ABC has been building extraordinary structures for over three decades and since 1982. We are custom framers by trade and specialty metal (Steel /Aluminum) contractors. That builders of all types of structure.
All pergolas are an Arbor type of structure. A Pavilion is an arbor structure with a solid top on it. Today we blur the lines and almost anything is possible. What type of structure do you what built. Make contact and let us know.
We are also dealers for one of best timber framed dove tailed wooden structure providers in the USA.
Decorative panels can be manufactured out of several different building materials such as metal, (copper, aluminum) or even wood and plastics. Any design can be cut into the materials buy using a water jet or a plasma torch. very cool and can shade the area below. The sun is allowed to shine though the decorative design and allows the decorative design footprint to be blasted on everything under the canopy.
Shade Panels is a light defuses that allows the sun to shine through but take some of the sun light off and cool the area below. Also used in privacy panels, window treatments, porch skirting, and patio covers. Can be used for so many different artistic and functional uses. These panels can be custom build with different designs, or you can choose to form many standard patterns. Also, there are different thickness that are available. Also used for privacy walls and numerous other architectural designs.
Movable Rotating Slat Canopy Cover - Has numerous pivoting slats within its top canopy cover that can open to allow the sunlight to shine through its top canopy. Great ideal and design for anyone to allow the sunshine to come though canopy top. Most of the time and normally the high end of a canopy pricing scale so it uses as the wow factor and is limited to a commercial / restaurant or a bar type application uses. Premium top of line residential canopy cover structure. Normally limited in its sizes so when used with a larger area a series of small sizes are connected together to form one larger size canopy structure.
The slats are normally made of thicker 1/8-inch extruded aluminum that is formed by forcing the aluminum though a die mold to form its final design shape and size. Some are also power coated for its color options. Some of slat's designs are heavier better engineered then the other manufactures and can resist hail damage better then then other types of aluminum canopy structure. Heavy duty commercial grade stuff with numerous and multiple options.
Any outdoor commercial patio can increase your establishment’s visibility and exposure and a happily active patio is an excellent advertisement to passersby. By covering your outdoor dining area, you can ensure that your patio will attract patrons year-round, making it one of your city’s top dining destinations.
These panels can be used to cover any type of safe wood or metal structures can be cover with these clear, semi clear or colored panels. High transparent covering of the patio allows unobstructed daylight to come though the canopy top covering. Some people might have an existing type of structure that they would like to have covered so they can use it all year round even if it is raining outside, they might like to enjoy their patio cover.
We live in a hail prone area so we need to use a Heavy-Duty commercial grade multi-chamber dual and triple level walled panels are available for use in any type of outdoor application so it can serve the demands of the outdoor uses. These thicker ply panels that are up thicker are far better suited for outdoor use then the single thin ply wavy panels that you might find at the big box stores.
Normally a frame is built out of extruded aluminum or wood and then covered with a polycarbonate commercial roofing material. The ploy or acrylic materials are available in several different color and sizes. Most backlighted lighted signs are molded from polycarbonate and is used with the Greenhouse industry. Today the manufacture has a new standing seam roof designed 2ft wide panel that is thicker with 4 layers of ply sheets and up to 28ft long.
Did you know that the Botanical Myriad Gardens or the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory in downtown OKC was built using over 3000 preformed double layered acrylic panels also known as (Plexiglas) panels.
Carports and Patio Covers of Oklahoma
We do not build or install any temporary or portable building.
All products should be used for the purpose of which is designed to be used for.
Most are built to be light weight - mainly due to packaging and shipping cost as for store handling purposes and so they can be handled and be moved easier. These type of "DIY kits" or portable and temporary structures units are being sold and marketed by the Club, Big Box and Garden stores that doesn't have clue about any building code requirements.
Most of them only rated at 10-pounds per square foot (PSF) max load requirement which is very important specification for anyone to know when purchasing such a product. It is a temporary only structure. Like a tent they should be taken down and removed after its use.
The PSF load ratings are all about how strong the frame of the structure might be and how much weight it can handle and that includes winds only when properly installed.
Some of these kits' providers might offer an upgraded and more expensive higher rated version of these DYI kits. These units might have some more or just larger poles with larger cross beams so that its frame is rated higher and can withstand higher wind and snow loads. A 20-PSF live load structure does more heavier lifting is a minimum or the least number of pounds per squire roof (PSF) is engineered and rated to handle more weight and can used for permanent type of structure when built correctly and installed within a required cement pair that is at least 2-ft into the ground or better. That is requirement by most of the local building code enforcement officers and to gain a building permit that may or may not be required depending on the size of the structure in some cases. So, any 10 ppf is only design and engineered or use as a temporary structure and should be take down after its temporary use such a use in such event like a indoor trade show and not used outside during one of our Thunderstorms.
You see it all the time on the news when one of these blow-a-ways that take flight and become a UFO and most of our first responders are used to dodging them all over the place.
They only get by with selling such a structure because it is called a "Temporary or Portable use only. Not made to be put on your property and a perinate building structure. Because of the lower load engineering ratings if you were to use such a product outdoors, they normally do last past a couple of seasons anyways if that just because of our local higher wind, snow and water flow loads and you take all the risk as there be some insurance company requirements as well.
What is built for use within one region of the US might not work well in another region of the US and OK is a prime example mainly due to our high winds that can rip things apart and blow them down the road. Most of these DYI kits are built from overseas.
Some of these kits also have real small guttering system that is useless in one of our rainstorms plus a couple of leaves from a tree will clog them up real quick like. Even If they were to have a larger guttering the structure may not be able to handle the weight of more rainwater which we also get in this neck of the woods. They are made to look good and sell for a cheaper price point but not built to last for the long haul and use outdoors. I have seen them twisted up and blown away as well as the hail can go right though most of its roofing. Some are manufactured using a single ply polycarbonate or a very light gauged metal roofing panel.
After all it is the customer or a landlord that has the ultimate responsibility to find out what is required and how the product should be use. If you're a landlord, you may not allow these on your property for your tenants to use such a product because you could be sticking your neck to be chopped off. if something was to happen such a structure coming apart or flying away and doing damage to your Nabors property your insurance may not pay if you do not follow standard building code requirements. Before you purchase do your leg work and see what your local city and insurance company rules and regulations are may be.
I'm talking from my own experience as I have put a couple of these patio covers kits in my past. With a ton of screws. The first one took me eight hours and then the second one took be an hour and a half to complete and I never want to do that again. Then a year or two later came a large hailstorm hits it and the hail stones broke right through its decorative single ply thin polycarbonate canopy roof top panels.
The people had tried on their own to find the replacement parts but then ask me to try to help them out. I was able to find the last remaining ones that was in existence and on the face of the earth. The price was just outrageous as the manufactures didn't have any of these parts left for older models the designs change all the time. The parts came from a garden store that just happen to have an old open box of that unit that was still laying around and that had just what we needed. So, we got lucky....
The goal is to only inform to ensure optimal performance and safety.
There are engineered structures and then there are non-engineered structures. An engineered structure is designed to meet the design and certain planned performance level. A non-engineered structure may not meet any design or performance levels, but all of the building materials should always be used for the purpose of which there intended. There limits should never be stretched or exceeded. Any engineered structure plan must be reviewed by a structure engineered and he would stamp and sign certified the plans. A non-engineered structure you must rely on the builder knowledge and experience to build a safe structure for the purpose it is intended.
Most residential structures are not of a engineered structure type but some manufactured product designs that are pre-engineered that the provider says will meet certain load performances only of installed per there requirements. We are seeing more and more communities that now want to see a pre-engineered structure built as opposed to a "non-engineered structure". Spec and engineering codes and requirements are a ever changing requirements that are subject to change at any time for the better.
Most counties, cities and municipalities enforce specific building regulations, codes and approval processes that can impact construction factors such as roof type, size and minimum thickness, as well as construction approval and building permits. The larger municipalities are, the more likely you will need a building permit with rules and regulations to what type of canopy structure that may or may not be built on your property. If you live out in a rule area, not so much but you always want to build to meet standard international building codes and standards for insurance purposes.