The popularity of outdoor living spaces has never been higher, and the appeal of the great outdoors seems to keep getting greater with homeowners across the country investing more time and money into their outdoor spaces and upgrading their property investments. Sometimes we are combining various different type of building materials to build any one canopy.
FULL BOXED FRAME - Two types of framing steel. Red oxide premiered coated steel that is ready for its final painting. Or Galvanized coated steel which is a silver outdoor weather coating.
Structured steel frames can be covered with sheet metal and a custom bent formed trim available in several different 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) These 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!
They were originally designed and built for the Cold Storage and the Sunroom industries. They have been used for several years and have been proven to be a very strong roof and wall panels that can offer you the ultimate solid roof top and/or wall's building materials. They offer the industry best R value or thermal value even over the traditional stick framing with good installation or any other type of building materials. The SIP panels have evolved into more of the modern-day building material in today's home building all in the name of its energy efficiency. These panels add thermal value and can stop much of the heat infiltration that we get from most all other building materials . These SIP 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 and not using it because it is too hot. It is essential when building any Screen Room or Sunroom application.
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 patio cover or 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.
The SIPs can also be used as a wall for sunrooms, or a roof panels as well. They are also commonly used in a cold storage area. Becoming a more mainstream building material for all types of construction. They are making kit homes now out of these SIPs.
The underside of all 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. 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 a 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 2-ft 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.
Various different poles and cross beams options are available in different colors are available depending on your building application. You can add skylights or sun tunnels into theses panels for more natural lighting. They even have the option to add optional Fan Beams that can be built inside these SIP panels from the factory for hanging ceilings fans they act as acing and an internal wire raceway or wire run within the inside of these ceiling and or wall panels for lights etc. So you don't have to surface run any external wiring on the outside of these panels. You can start out with a open air patio cover then add the screen room walls and a door to it at a later date. This is the best solid top building panel that is on the market. Panels area available in different thicknesses with different exterior cladding such as: Aluminum, Steel, OSD plywood, plastics etc.
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 using it at all. 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 only way to go.
We invite you to explore to newer more advanced building materials of today before you build.
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Insulated carports and patio cover roof panels are great for thermal 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.
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.
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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 much lower under one of these types of canopies compared to any other panel that we know of.
Automated louvered slat canopy covers that can LED lights and overhead headers built in and be controlled via an app on your cell phone.
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 them burning their hands on a door handle due to the sun espouser. See our awning page.
An awning covering can be a small single dor/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. Lower your risks from 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 with us and let us know.
We are also dealers for one of best timber framed dove tailed wooden structure providers in the USA.
Multi-chamber layered and multi chambered Polycarbonate roof and wall panels are available in clear, semi-clear, bronze and blue colored panels. These ploy panels are available in 2 or 4 layers of multi-level and multi chamber building products to cover a new or existing pergola, arbor or pavilion structure. There are numerous different systems and manufactures options that are available such as thickness and frame options. We have Ploygal Titan 48 inch wide 2-ply wall panels and there new Topgal standing seam 4-ply Hercules standing seam designed roof system is 24 in wide system and uses a clip system to attach as opposed to drilling holes into the poly sheets and using screws to attach panels are available in a clear, semi clear frosted, blue, bronze colors. The darker color are the less UV light and heat transfer though the panels, but they are a poor thermal insulator.
The claims of lowering your temps by 20% percent can be argued. That can be achieved with almost any type of canopy covering over the direct sunlight.
The single ply polycarbonate wavy panels that you find in the big box store do not hold up very well in our hall prone or weather environment. Multi-ply ploy panels are stronger than any single ply panel, but they all can be damaged just like any other type of building panels and no warranty will cover so called "Acts of God!"
These multiply ploy panels have poor thermal value or R value to them and that depends on its application. If you ever been around a skylight or inside of a greenhouse, they can put off a lot of heat.
How you can combat the heat transfer that can flow though these types of panels. Use darker colored panels. Build the structure up as high as you can and well above your standing height. Ventilation or solar vents, use fans or create an air flow or a breeze of some type.
Because they're so strong and easy to work with, polycarbonate panels can be used in hundreds of custom projects. It has it purpose, you can build patio and pergola coverings, skylights, custom greenhouses and other structures with polycarbonate. They make a lot of headlights coverings out of polycarbonate for vehicles.
Polycarbonates is the construction industry, e.g. for dome lights, flat or curved glazing, roofing sheets and light walls. Polycarbonates are used to create materials used in buildings that must be durable and light weight.
The polycarbonate panels come from the greenhouse industry. If you ever been around any greenhouse or even a skylight in a home, there is heat that transfer though these plastic panels even if they have been coated to try to prevent UV lighting which does burns off the plastics over a period of time as the panels age and they get older you're going to get more heat transferring though these building materials.
The polycarbonate panels can be coated by the manufacture to reduce UV rays and also, they coated a coating anti-fungal coating because they are susceptible to molding and splitting. Those protective coating that can be less effective over time and when they age.
What works good in one part of our country don't also work good here in the Southern regions. In a cooler region you may like to have some of Sun energy to shine on in, to help you warm you up a little bit. But it is different story where is really warm and hot. We are running for the shade because it is cooking outdoors.
We deal is Shade!
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.
These panels are more of a Sun or light defuser panel. They can be made out of several different building materials such as aluminum, steel, copper, vinyl etc. Most providers will offer standard designs, or you can have a custom design cut into these panels. Also, there are different thickness that are available.
Decorative Shade Panels is of a light defuses that allows the sun to shine through the shade panels and take some of the heat and sunlight off and cool the area below. Also used in privacy panels, window treatments, fence, porch skirting, patio covers, walkway covers and architectural covers.
Can be used for so many different artistic and functional uses such as logos, pricey and sign panels. These are like a heavier modern day lattice design that allows the sunshine to come through them.
These shade panels are getting more popular for uses like a store front canopy, entry way walkway cover or for an entryway foyer architectural covering to set yourself a part.
We do not build or install any temporary or portable buildings.
All building products should be used for the purpose of which they are designed to be used for.
Most temporary or portable 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. They are like a tent they should be taken down and removed after its temporary 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 - 40 Pounds per square foot (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. Most won't last much more then 3 years aways.
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 anything was to happen. 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 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.