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How To Make Your Yard Private?

July 16th, 2014

 

“When in a garden or on a patio, you want to feel that you’re in an intimate space — in a room not exposed as if you’re in the middle of the driveway or street,” says Risa Edelstein, president of the Ecological Landscaping Association.

That’s not so easy when your back yard looks out on your neighbor’s hot tub, your tranquility is constantly interrupted by road noise or your house sits in a new development with scant tree canopy. Here are some strategies for creating more privacy:

 

Fences. Privacy settings for fences range from private (solid tongue-and-groove or board) to semi-private (slat, picket, spindle or lattice) to rather public (rail). A topper made of lattice or circle cut-outs makes a solid fence feel less oppressive.

When considering materials, keep in mind the maintenance involved. Wood typically needs to be resealed, stained or painted every few years. Low maintenance options include powder-coated aluminum, vinyl and composite, all available in neutral shades of white, brown, black and green. Check local zoning regulations to ensure you have proper permits and do not exceed height restrictions, which are often lower for parts of the yard visible from the street.

US Aluminum Services offers fences in an array of styles in the following materials: Vinyl, Aluminum or Wood.

 

Evergreen Hedges. Living fences made of densely planted evergreens, especially columnar and upright conifers, offer privacy and tranquility by screening out busy street noises, reducing glare from headlights and acting as a wind break. While suitable for formal gardens, manicured privet hedges require frequent clipping. For a more natural looking barrier that’s low-maintenance, use shrubs planted close together as more of a screen than a hedge.

 

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Planning a Patio?

June 24th, 2014

Planning a Patio?

Think about your existing backyard when planning your patio remodel.

A patio is much more than a paved area adjoining a house for outdoor dining or lounging. It expands your living space by opening up your home to the outdoors.

For a small home, a patio is a great place to host a party that would otherwise be cramped inside your house. It’s a place for the kids to play and a place to grow containers full of colorful flowers or edibles like herbs and vegetables. A patio is also a retreat from indoors allowing you to take in nature unencumbered by walls and a ceiling.

The key to enjoying your new outdoor space is to make it as stylish and comfortable as the inside of your home. Furnish it with a spacious dining table, a place for cooking and a relaxing seating area.

Personalize it with plants, weatherproof accessories and you’ll find yourself visiting your outdoor room just as much as any other room in your house.

Key Variables to Address When Patio Planning

  • Size of the backyard
  • Orientation of sunlight
  • Connection and location of the patio to your home
  • Homeowner’s lifestyle
  • Budget
  • Condition of the backyard

Let US Aluminum Services help you plan and customize your dream patio.

 

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A Construction Company That Cares, US Aluminum Services, Corp.

April 2nd, 2012

(ORLANDO, FLORIDA)

US Aluminum Services, Corp., a leading construction company in the Central Florida area, has made a generous contribution of $2,566 to the Oncology Center at The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Florida. US Aluminum Services was able to raise these funds through a chance-to-win drawing they held at their customer appreciation event on March 2, 2012, in Solivita, a 55+ senior community in Kissimmee, Florida.

The residents of Solivita made donations by purchasing chance-to-win tickets for items gifted by US Aluminum Services including two $100 gift certificates to Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin restaurants, 10 different gift baskets, an iPod, and a JVC music audio system. All of the proceeds from the drawings were then given to The Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation.

The Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation supports The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children which offers a variety of services, many which are unique to Central Florida. Their attention at The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children focuses to not only provide quality healthcare, but to also create a comforting place which minimizes stress and creates smiles.

“At US Aluminum Services we understand how important family is and want to do what we can to give back to our community. Because of this we decided to raise money for The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. It was incredible to see the generosity of the residents of Solivita; without them this would not have been possible,” says President and Founder, Thiago Davila.

US Aluminum Services, Corp. was able to unite with the members of a Central Florida community for a remarkable cause. Together with residents of Solivita, US Aluminum Services was able to raise $2,566 for the Oncology Center at The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

 

About US Aluminum Services, Corp

Founded in 2004, US Aluminum Services, Corp. is a fully insured and state certified construction company that complies with all Florida Codes for the construction industry. US Aluminum Services offers the best designed, best installed and best backed warranty in the business. All services are executed to the exact specifications of our customers’ request. Our materials are top of the line, made exclusively to US Aluminum Service specifications by the top manufactures in Florida. Their services include: Florida screen rooms, patio and pool enclosures, sunrooms, architectural columns, pergolas, seamless gutters, pavers and fences. http://us-aluminum.com/

by Karin Badillo

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How To Make Your Yard Private

March 16th, 2012

US Aluminum Services is dedicated to providing quality work and beautiful results. Our services include fences, pergolas and lattice.

Fences, Gates and Rails. US Aluminum offers aluminum fences, vinyl fences, wood fences, gates, and rails and up to 12 different styles within each of those categories. Additionally we offer a limited lifetime warranty on all materials.

To view all of our fence types and styles click here.

Pergolas and Lattice Covers. US Aluminum offers pergolas in the following colors:

  • -white
  • -bronze
  • -sand
  • -adobe

To learn more about additional benefits of our pergolas and lattice click here.

Our fences, pergolas and lattice covers can help create privacy for your yard as discussed in the following article from HGTV Remodels.

“When in a garden or on a patio, you want to feel that you’re in an intimate space — in a room not exposed as if you’re in the middle of the driveway or street,” says Risa Edelstein, president of the Ecological Landscaping Association.

That’s not so easy when your back yard looks out on your neighbor’s hot tub, your tranquility is constantly interrupted by road noise or your house sits in a new development with scant tree canopy. Here are some strategies for creating more privacy:

Fences. Privacy settings for fences range from private (solid tongue-and-groove or board) to semi-private (slat, picket, spindle or lattice) to rather public (rail). A topper made of lattice or circle cut-outs makes a solid fence feel less oppressive.

When considering materials, keep in mind the maintenance involved. Wood typically needs to be resealed, stained or painted every few years. Low maintenance options include powder-coated aluminum, vinyl and composite, all available in neutral shades of white, brown, black and green. Check local zoning regulations to ensure you have proper permits and do not exceed height restrictions, which are often lower for parts of the yard visible from the street.

Lattice. Lattice screens are a versatile and easy-to-install building element. They can be employed as semi-private walls on a deck or patio — or as the underpinning for a porch or deck. You can use lattice to corral an HVAC unit or garbage cans. Available in various weaves and grid patterns, lattice partners well with a range of materials and textures including stone, brick and board fence. Flowering shrubs, roses and vines add more privacy as the lattice becomes a textured back drop.

By Laura Fisher Kaiser
To read the full article click here

To view more pictures of our fences click here.

To view more pictures of our pergolas and lattice covers click here.

About US Aluminum Services, Corp

Founded in 2004, US Aluminum Services, Corp. is a fully insured and state certified construction company that complies with all Florida Codes for the construction industry. US Aluminum Services offers the best designed, best installed, and best backed warranty in the business. All services are executed to the exact specifications of our customer’s request. Our materials are top of the line, made exclusively to US Aluminum Service specifications by the top manufacturers in Florida. Their services include Florida screen rooms, patio and pool enclosures, sunrooms, architectural columns, pergolas, gutters, pavers, and fences. www.us-aluminum.com

 

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Benefits of Screen Pool Enclosures

February 27th, 2012

It’s getting warmer and that means it’s time for some fun in the sun! You might even be thinking of building a pool in your own backyard. Screen pool enclosures can be a valuable investment that will not only protect you, but will also extend the life of your pool.

No one likes a good time outdoors being interrupted by annoying mosquitoes. Those mosquitoes as well as other bugs can be kept out in a great part by a screen pool enclosure. You will be able to swim and entertain bug-free.

Stay healthy! Having a screen pool enclosure will reduce the harmful UV rays that make contact with your skin. This will keep you healthier by cutting down on those harmful rays that cause sunburn which could also lead to other health issues.

Who likes cleaning? With a screen pool enclosure your pool will need less cleaning because most leaves, dirt, and other debris will stay out– not to mention the little critters. This is also a great benefit because your filters and pumps will last longer!

  • - Bug-free entertaining and swimming
  • - Cuts down on harmful rays
  • - Less cleaning
  • - Filters and pumps will last longer
  • - Maintenance goes down

Get more benefits; get a screen pool enclosure from US Aluminum Services. US Aluminum builds their screen pool enclosures with Phifer BetterVue Screen which will give you superior outward visibility and airflow without sacrificing durability and strength. You will get 33% more insect protection and 10% more sunlight to provide comfortable water temperatures. Phifer BetterVue Screen passed the 110 mph wind tunnel test and is excellent for Florida and other coastal regions. It will provide years of enjoyment and protection while offering better curb appeal than a conventional screen. Additionally, US Aluminum builds with Ceco 10,000 hours salt spray screws and Eagle 6061 pure “virgin” aluminum alloy for a rust-free and even longer lasting product. With a screen pool enclosure from US aluminum your screen will be made with the best quality products and you will get beautiful results.

  • -Phifer BetterVue Screen
  • -Ceco 10,000 Hours Salt Spray Screws
  • -Eagle 6061 Pure “Virgin” Aluminum Alloy

About US Aluminum Services, Corp

Founded in 2004, US Aluminum Services, Corp. is a fully insured and state certified construction company that complies with all Florida Codes for the construction industry. US Aluminum Services offers the best designed, best installed, and best backed warranty in the business. All services are executed to the exact specifications of our customer’s request. Our materials are top of the line, made exclusively to US Aluminum Service specifications by the top manufacturers in Florida. Their services include Florida screen rooms, patio and pool enclosures, sunrooms, architectural columns, pergolas, gutters, pavers, and fences. www.us-aluminum.com

by Karin Badillo

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5 Things Your Contractor Wishes You Knew

February 15th, 2012

Have a clear vision of the finished product before you begin.

5 Things US Aluminum Services Wishes You Knew:

US Aluminum Services wants to make sure  every homeowner has a clear vision of the finished product before you event begin with the project!

Planning a remodel is a big commitment that requires extensive research and resources. What can be a difficult, frustrating process doesn’t have to be. Save yourself some serious headaches by seeing a remodel from a contractor’s perspective. When it comes down to it, a good client is an educated one. Get to know these five things courtesy of the contractor:

1. The remodel starts with you.

Homeowners who are indecisive can be very frustrating for contractors. To make the process smoother, have a clear vision of the finished product before you begin. By establishing good lines of communication for your expectations, the process can be both enjoyable and successful.

2. Research is encouraged.

The quickest way to derail a remodeling venture is by not doing your homework. Avoid slowing the process and going over budget by thoroughly researching your project and contractor. Visit job sites, talk to client references or price construction materials to find the right fit for your remodel.

3. It’s a budget balancing act.

Don’t just cut out the pretty pictures — go through the planning process and know how much you’re willing to spend. Finding a balance between spending too much and spending too little will help you come up with a strategy you and your budget can tolerate.

4. Be realistic about timing.

Things that look simple on paper can be time-consuming and costly. From surprising mold underneath the bathroom floor to removing a wall in the kitchen, the key is to be flexible with your schedule. Provide a time frame for the project, but be realistic.

5. Micromanaging slows down the work.

The homeowner needs to be part of the process, but contractors caution against micromanaging. It will take longer to complete the project if the contractor is catering to constant homeowner hovering. Touch base with your contractor every other day to maintain open communication.

To read the full article click here

About US Aluminum Services, Corp

Founded in 2004, US Aluminum Services, Corp. is a fully insured and state certified construction company that complies with all Florida Codes for the construction industry. US Aluminum Services offers the best designed, best installed, and best backed warranty in the business. All services are executed to the exact specifications of our customer’s request. Our materials are top of the line, made exclusively to US Aluminum Service specifications by the top manufacturers in Florida. Their services include Florida screen rooms, patio and pool enclosures, sunrooms, architectural columns, pergolas, gutters, pavers, and fences. www.us-aluminum.com

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How To Install Gutters

December 1st, 2011

US Aluminum Services, Corp. is providing you with several steps on how to install gutters! You can also view these steps at thisoldhouse.com

Rain gutters are extremely important because without them, water would erode the soil around the foundation of your home as well as splash dirt up onto the siding. For Florida Residents, proper working rain gutters are a basic need because they often have to deal with hurricanes and tropical storms and if the gutters are not draining correctly, it can cause many other problems in and around their home.

Features and benefits of gutters:

- Stops small to large leaves

- Stops tree branches, pine needles, straw, and seeds

- Virtually invisible from the curbside

- Over 20 colors to choose from

Installing Gutters in 8 Steps:

Step 1- Snap Layout Lines: Mark the highest point of the gutter run on the fascia 1 ¼ inches below the metal drip-edge flashing (on the extra-wide fascia shown here, the gutter is lower down). At the other end of the fascia (or at the downspout location if there’s one in the middle of the run), mark the low end of the gutter run, keeping in mind that the slope should be approximately ½ inch for every 10 feet of run. Snap a chalk line between the two points (as shown).

Step 2 - Attach Fascia Brackets: Locate the rafter tails behind the fascia; they’re typically spaced 16 inches on center (look for telltale nail heads).  Make a mark at the chalk line on every other rafter tail. Bore a ⅛-inch-diameter pilot hole through the fascia and into the rafter tail at each mark. Fasten fascia brackets with ¼-inch stainless steel lag screws long enough to penetrate rafters 2 inches (as shown).

Step 3 – Saw Gutter To Length: Cut gutter section to length with hacksaw and aviation snips, or with a 12-inch power miter saw fitted with a carbide-tipped finish blade (as shown). If the gutter continues around a corner, cut the appropriate angle (typically 45 degrees) on that end. If the run requires two sections of gutter, overlap them by 8 inches and use 3/8-inch-long, self-tapping, stainless steel screws or pop rivets, in two rows of four each, to join them.

Step 4 – Attach End Caps: At the square-cut end of the gutter, attach a spherical end cap with aluminum pop rivets. (If the gutter doesn’t turn a corner, fasten an end cap to each end.) To do this, hold the end cap in place temporarily with a single sheet-metal screw, then drill a 1/8-inch-diameter hole and install one pop rivet (above). Remove the temporary screw and replace it with a rivet. To ensure a watertight joint, seal the rivets and the end-cap seam on the inside of the gutter with a high-quality siliconized caulk.

Step 5 – Cut Downspout Holes: Use a downspout outlet to mark the location of the downspout on the low end of the gutter. To do this, turn the gutter upside down and place the outlet on top. Drill a ¼-inch-diameter hole through the center of the circular outline. Turn the gutter over and cut the downspout hole using a 4-inch-diameter hole saw chucked into a drill (as shown).

Step 6 – Install Gutter: Lay the gutter into the brackets that you’ve lag-screwed to the fascia. Rotate the gutter upward until its back edge slips into the hooks at the top of the back of the brackets (as shown). Through the screw-mounting hole in each bracket, drill a 3/16-inch-diameter hole in the front edge of the gutter. Secure the gutter to the bracket with a 1-inch-long #8-32 stainless steel machine screw and flanged nut.

Step 7 – Form Strip-Miter Joint At Corner: Cover the joint between two lengths of gutter at each corner with a strip miter — a 3-inch-wide strip of aluminum. Wrap the aluminum strip tight around the underside of the gutter. Secure it with eight pop rivets or sheet- metal screws. Cut a triangular section from the top of the strip miter (as shown) with snips, and then fold down the two flaps around the top edge of the gutter. This joint can also be made more waterproof with the addition of a high-quality siliconized caulk.

Step 8 – Connect Downspout To Gutter: Secure the downspout outlet to the gutter with four pop rivets or screws. Screw a downspout elbow to the outlet tube protruding down from the gutter. Hold another elbow against the house and cut a piece of downspout to fit between the two elbows. Use needlenosed pliers to slightly crimp the elbow to fit into the downspout (as shown). Fasten the parts together with pop rivets or screws.

Below are some pictures of seamless gutters installed in the Central Florida Area by US Aluminum Services, Corp.

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HOW TO INSTALL A PERGOLA

October 13th, 2011

US Aluminum Services, Corp. is providing you with several steps on how to plan and post a pergola! You can also view these steps at popularmechanics.com

Installing a Pergola in 7 Steps

A pergola is a unique architectural blend that places you both inside and out at the same time. A pergola can be used to define a passageway or frame a focal point in your yard.

Features and benefits of a pergola:

  • Pergolas Receives a Shade Factor of 40-60 Percent
  • Rain, Sun & Weather Resistant
  • Come in a variety of different colors

Step 1. A Toro Dingo’s 16-inch auger makes short work of straight, 40-inch-deep holes for footings, or whatever depth will reach below frost line in your climate. For drainage, pour and pack 4 inches of gravel into the holes before installing the posts.

Step 2. To lay out posthole locations, build a 2 x 8 frame. Its inside corners mark the four posts. Dig a small trench, level the frame, then remove it to dig the holes. Next, replace the frame, set the posts and fasten them to the sides of the frame so they’ll stay plumb.

Step 3. After fastening the posts to the frame, install 2 x 4 angle braces from the frame to the posts. These will keep the posts from twisting or warping before the rafters go up and lock the posts in place for backfilling. You can remove the braces later.

Step 4. Posthole depth varies. It’s best to install the posts long and trim them to final height, measuring from the frame upward. Finish the circular-saw cut with a handsaw, then install a cleat 6 inches down (inset) to hold the girders while fastening.

Step 5. Temporarily set the girders with deck screws above the cleats, then install the through-bolts in the girders and posts. Allow the girder to rise above the post an inch or so in case you decide to run wire for lights or power.

Step 6. Cut the rafter tails on the ground, then mark their 18-inch cantilevers against the posts. After wedging one end up top, walk the other end up the ladder. Toe-screw the rafters to the girders using a 3-inch deck screw.

Step 7. A 2 x 4 rafter stay atop the rafters every 24 inches adds the right detail while holding the rafters in place. Install stays over the girders first, then over the rafters. After two coats of tinted oil-based stain, add a layer of sod, then a table and chairs.

Below are some pictures of pergolas that Us Aluminum Services, Corp. has done in the Central Florida Area.

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Fall Orlando Home Show

September 30th, 2011

The Fall Orlando Home Show is coming to the Orange County Convention Center during the weekend of October 7-9th. The Home Show consists of over 300 experts that range from security systems to remodeling services. US Aluminum Services, Corp. will be at this home show to display their services that include sunrooms, screen rooms, patios, lanais, pavers, seamless gutters and much more. US Aluminum Services, Corp, has been serving the Central Florida area since 2004 and continues to grow and prosper by providing its customers with the best services and quality products in the area.

If you would like to receive a FREE Admissions Pass to the Orlando Home Show contact our Marketing Manager at 407-237-3128 xt 7013 or by email at Samantha@us-aluminum.com by Thursday October 6th!

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Inc 500|5000 Ranks US Aluminum Services, Corp.

September 27th, 2011

Orlando, FL, September 27, 2011 – US Aluminum Services, Corp. a leading construction company in the Central Florida area, has been ranked by Inc. Magazine in the Inc. 500|5000 for the third year in a row. Inc. 500|5000 is an exclusive ranking of the fastest growing private companies in America. This year US Aluminum Services, Corp. ranked number 2114 in the nation, and number 74 in the construction category.

“US Aluminum Services, Corp. has come a long way since we were founded in 2004. I am very proud of  the growth that has occurred within this company and honored to be recognized for the 3rd year in a row,” said Thiago Davila, company President and Founder. “I believe our commitment to our customers and focusing on providing them with quality affordable products is what sets us apart from our competitors.”

Inc. 500|5000 examined and measured each company’s growth between 2007 and 2010. In order to be considered, a company must have started generating revenue by March 31, 2007. In addition to this, the company must have generated at least $100,000 in revenue in 2007 and $2 million in 2010.  The company needs to also be privately held, for profit, based in the US, and independent. US Aluminum Services, which was founded in 2004, proudly met all of these requirements in addition to a remarkable growth of 119% during the examined three-year period. It is a great accomplishment for an independent business like US Aluminum Services, Corp. to not only stay afloat during a struggling economy but to also be recognized for consistent and  outstanding growth.

About US Aluminum Services, Corp.

Founded in 2004, US Aluminum Services, Corp. is a fully insured and state certified construction company that complies with all Florida Codes for the construction industry. US Aluminum Services, Corp. offers the best designed, best installed and best backed warranty in the business. All services are executed to the exact specifications of their customers’. Their materials are top of the line, made exclusively to US Aluminum Service, Corp. specifications by the top manufactures in Florida. Their services include: Florida screen rooms, patio and pool enclosures, sunrooms, architectural columns, pergolas, seamless gutters, pavers, concrete and fences. www.us-aluminum.com

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