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HOW TO INSTALL A FRONT PORCH

July 8th, 2011

A Porch is a great place for you and your family to sit and relax outside!

With a few steps, you can build your porch today!

A porch can be built in the front or back of your home and come in all different sizes!

US Aluminum Services has provided you with 10 steps in installing your very own porch! All supplies can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowe’s. You can also view these steps from HGTV.com

Materials and Tools:

  • one 4x4x8 pressure-treated post
  • two post mounts $2.00 $4.00
  • two J-bolt assemblies
  • box 8D nails
  • six 2x8x10 pressure-treated boards
  • five joist hangers
  • box joist hanger nails
  • 183-square-feet 3/4-inch pine tongue-and-groove flooring
  • 12 cedar 2x4x8 boards
  • one gallon paint to match house trim
  • 5-cubic yards mulch
  • plants
  • one 4-foot Sonotube concrete form
  • 10 bags quickset concrete
  • four 4-inch lag bolts
  • four lag bolt shields
  • masonry bit for lag bolt shields
  • grinder with metal cut-off wheel
  • layout string line
  • level
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • post hole diggers
  • power miter box
  • rakes
  • safety glasses
  • shovels

Steps:

1. Unscrew the handrails from the house and use a grinder to cut off the posts in the concrete.

2. Layout the new porch using string line tied to stakes in the ground. Place the center of the footings at the outside corners for the new porch.

3. The porch requires two footing to support the outer edge of the new porch. The inner edge will be bolted to the house. Dig the holes 24-inches deep by 10 to 12-inches in diameter. Drop in a 24-inch section of Sonotube and level. Pack dirt around the perimeter to hold in place.

4. Mix the concrete and fill the Sonotubes to the top. Scrape off excess and level it with the top of the tube. Press a J-bolt into the center of the tube and let dry. After the concrete sets, bolt the post brackets to the J-bolt.

5. Begin bolting the 2×8 to the wall of the house with lag bolts. Make sure the board is level, drill and mark the holes. Tighten a lag bolt through each pre-drilled hole into the band-board of the house. Set the board 1-inch below the threshold of the existing door.

6. Secure the end bands from the house ledger to the footing. Run the band board out to the footer and check to make sure it’s level. Measure the height of the 4×4 post and cut it in. Do the same on the other end.

7. Add the outer joist and once the perimeter is in place check to make sure it’s square. If it is, add the middle joists on 16-inch centers. Once nailed in place, add the joist hangers to the end of each board. Notch the joists over the existing concrete porch, if necessary.

8. Install the tongue-and-groove pine starting at the outside edge and working towards the house. This places the cut board against the house where it will not be visible.

9. If you’re using pine flooring, prime very surface of every board. You will not be able to get to the underside of the deck once it?s built, so it’s important to prime everything before assembly.

10. Build the planter by cutting the pine flooring to 32-inch and assemble it into an 18-inch square box, with the boards running vertically. Build a shelf of 1/2-inch pressure-treated plywood to hold the plants.

Below are a couple of  US Aluminum Services, Corp. porch’s that have been installed in the Central Florida Area:

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Habitat For Humanity- Home at Last Project 2

July 1st, 2011

US Aluminum Services, Corp of Orlando,Florida has joined up with Winter Park Construction in the West Orlando Habitat for Humanity Home at Last 2 Project, building a home for another disable veteran and his family, the family that was chosen was the Griffin Family from Oakland, Florida. The veteran Benjamin Griffin, 24, is a 5 year US Army Veteran who was in Iraq when we was brutally injured in an IED explosion, which has now left him in a wheelchair.

US Aluminum Services, Corp. has donated their services in helping build the Griffin family their dream home. US Aluminum Services, Corp. donated and installed a pool enclosure and lanai for their porch/patio for the Griffin Family home, with the help from getting their materials from their suppliers; Eagle Metal Aluminum and Phifer‘s BetterVue Screen.

Pictures of the Enclosure are found below:

Lanai for their Porch, Used BetterVue Screen

You can visit www.us-aluminum.com to learn more

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HOW TO BUILD A SHADE CANOPY FRAME TO A DECK

July 1st, 2011

Get your backyard ready for the summer by installing a Pergola or Lattice to create shade from the blistering hot Florida sun!

Pergolas comes in an assortment of colors: White, Bronze, Sand and Adobe

Features and Benefits of Owning a Pergola or Lattice

  • Our Aluminum is guaranteed Not to Peel, Blister, Flask, Chip, Rust or Crack
  • Pergolas Receives a Shade Factor of 40-60 Percent
  • Rain, Sun & Weather Resistant
  • Carports have a shade factor of 100%

US Aluminum Services has provided you with 8 steps in installing your very own pergola! All supplies can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowe’s. You can also view these steps from DIY Network.

Step 1: Determine the Size of the Area

Determine the size of the area to be covered and order the canopy. The key to your design is to figure out how much of the deck you want to be covered by the canopy and how far the canopy will project out from the house. The deck that was used for this particular demonstration is small: 12′ x 14-1/2′. The canopy covers most of the deck from the house to the first step off the front of the deck.

Step 2: Build Support Boxes

Build rectangular boxes to support the canopy base posts. These boxes are mounted flush to the top of the deck stringers and kick-plate on the first step off the deck surface; are attached to the boxes.

Step 3: Notch Deck Planks for Posts

Visually line up the posts and mark out a notch in the decking planks to accommodate the 4×4 posts. Using a saw, cut out the notches and clean the cuts with a sharp chisel.

Step 4: Notch Posts to Accept Header

Clamp the upright canopy posts together and notch out where the headers attach to the posts. Make a series of parallel cuts to create a notch, break it off with a hammer, and clean up any ridges with a chisel. Be sure the chisel is sharp and always cut along the wood grain.

Step 5: Attach Front Posts

Raise a post into place and plumb it with a level. Support it with 2x4s angled to the ground. Attach the post to the rectangular box below the deck using galvinzed nails and or long screws. Use carriage bolts to attach the post to the deck itself. Repeat for the second post.

Step 6: Attach Double-Sided Header

Measure and cut each header while on the ground. Raise the first header board into the its appropriate notch on the posts. Raise the other header and place it in its notch on other side of the posts. Clamp both headers in place and drill holes for the bolts. Ratchet the bolts into the headers.

Step 7: Attach Return Boards

Measure the distance between the outside header board and the frieze board, which is a 2×6 board attached to the house with a small lip where the canopy frame can be attached to the house. Add to the overall length any amount of desired overhang. Cut the “return” boards to length. Raise the boards and rest them on the headers and frieze board. Make sure the returns are square to the house and to each other. Attach the return boards on both ends with galvanized metal brackets.

Step 8: Attach the Shade Canopy

The canopy comes with tracts that are pre-cut to the proper length. One end attaches to the house frieze board and the other end to the frame header.

Mount the brackets for the tracks under the return boards. Cut a little piece out of the frieze board molding (Image 2), and space them far enough apart to allow for the roller mechanism to function effectively on each side of the fabric.

Screw in the brackets (Image 3) that are supplied by the canopy manufacturer, and, using the locking bolts that come with the canopy tracks, attach one end of each track to the house and the other end to the header (Image 4).

Note: The canopy comes pre-assembled with cross-members. On the end of each cross-member there’s a roller; the rollers go directly into the tracts.

Below are a couple of US Aluminum Services Pergola’s and Lattice that have been installed in the Central Florida Area.

Pergola Attached to a Sunroom

US Aluminum Services White Pergola

Perfect Pergola for any Backyard Retreat

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US Aluminum Builds a Butterfly Enclosure for River Bend Nature Center

March 25th, 2011

March 21, 2011 US Aluminum Services, Corp build a Butterfly Enclosure for River Bend Nature Center’s Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, in Wichita Falls, Texas, right near the famous Lucy Park.

The Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art, 7,000 sq. ft. glass structure. It is stocked with native butterflies and landscaped with prairie grasses, trees, shrubs, and wildflowers of the Rolling Plains. US Aluminum Services, Corp built a butterfly enclosure inside the 7,000 sq. ft. glass structure.

River Bend Nature Centerhas over 17 acres of bottom land forest and wetlands. Come on out and  and see if you can spot native birds such as cardinals, blue jays, woodpeckers, mockingbirds, robins, wrens, and red winged black birds. We also have families of skunks, grey fox, raccoons, opposums, and so much more!

US Aluminum Services, Corp. is known in the construction industry for their number of services; pool enclosures, screen rooms, sunrooms, patio enclosures, fences & railings, screen enclosures, porches & lanais, pergolas & lattice, concrete & paversand rescreens in the orlando, winter park, lake mary, sanford, kissimmee, lakeland, tampa, winter haven, jacksonville, clermont, winter garden, windermere area.

Built by US Aluminum Services, Corp. from Orlando, Florida

 Butterfly Enclosure in River Bend Nature Center

 

To view more pictures of the butterfly enclosure visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usaluminum/

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TAMPA BAY Home Show this Weekend!

January 21st, 2011

Come see US Aluminum Services at the  Tampa Bay Home Show at Tropicana Field this weekend! The show is from January 21- 23, 2011. It is FREE Admission & FREE Parking! We will be presenting our services, which include, Screen Rooms, Sunrooms, Pool Enclosures, Patio & Porches, Vinyl & Acrylic Rooms, Pergolas & Carports, Fences & Railings and more, to the Tampa, Clearwater, Lakeland, and Plant City homeowners!

At the show will feature hundreds of area home specialists – all in one location. Everything from furniture to decorating ideas to landscaping to remodeling to interior design, and the list goes on. See the latest in  designs and the hottest fashions in creating your very own backyard retreat.

Don’t miss this grand opportunity to meet with the area’s top home improvement experts! They’re ready to meet you with great demonstrations, giveaways, tips and so much more. Whether you’re looking for new home ideas or just looking for a few creative ideas to dress up your current residence…the Home Show is the place to be!

 To visit US Aluminum Services at this Home Show, the address is 1 Tropicana Dr, St. Petersburg, FL 33705.

Booth # 257 at the Tampa Bay Home Show

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US Aluminum Tampa Location is now Open!

August 19th, 2010

US Aluminum Services has now openned yet another location in Tampa, Florida!   US Aluminum Services of Tampa offers FREE ESTIMATES and a BEST PRICE GUARANTEE! 

Phone Number is: 813-600-5327

Address: 503 E. Jackson Street, #132, Tampa, Florida, 33602

US Aluminum Services of Tampa offers a wide range of products in services!

Products and Services offered:

US Aluminum Services of Tampa Offers Services in:

  • Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Plant City, Brandon, Riverview, Zephyrhills, Port Richey, Keystone, Clearwater, Pinellas Park, Palmetto, Brandenton, Largo, Lutz, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, East Lake, Ruskin, Bloomingdale, Northdale, Lake Magalene, Westchase, Oldsmar, Gulfport, Boyette, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach, Boyette, Temple Terrace, Mango, Tierra Verde.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, PINELLAS COUNTY, POLK COUNTY, MANATEE COUNTY, PASCO COUNTY!

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Check Out US Alum Svcs July’s Jobs Photos at FLICKR!

August 2nd, 2010

US Aluminum Services jobs photos for July 2010 are up! Make sure to check them out so you can expand your imagination of your very own backyard retreat!

CLICK HERE Check Out July’s Jobs Photos at FLICKR!

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Check Out US Alum Svcs July's Jobs Photos at FLICKR!

August 2nd, 2010

US Aluminum Services jobs photos for July 2010 are up! Make sure to check them out so you can expand your imagination of your very own backyard retreat!

CLICK HERE Check Out July’s Jobs Photos at FLICKR!

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Introducing the Ultimate Garage Screen Door!

July 19th, 2010

US Aluminum Services Corp, is introducing the Ultimate Garage Screen Door Systems. This system is an easy-to-use, affordable and fully retractable screen unit that provides comfortable outdoor living space. Working seamlessly with the operation of your existing garage door, the system uses a vertical and horizontal track system mounted directly inside the existing door, leaving the floor track-free. A “door-within-a-door” system, is one of the most innovative and unique screen systems for garages and offers an exit door without the need to retract the entire screen.

Raising and Lowering the Ulimate Garage Screen Doors System is Quick and Easy in 4 Simple Steps!

Step 1: Grab Straps, walk forward. The Screen will slide forward, smoothly and quietly.

Step 2: The front rollers will slide into the vertical track. Keep walking forward.

Step 3: Continue Pushing unit forward.

Step 4: Gently guide door unit flush against garage opening. The maganetic catch will slick. Perfect seal on all sides.

Then your DONE!

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Local Contractor Wins AAF Award

June 11th, 2010

June 10, 2010

Aluminum Industry Announces Florida Construction Awards

The Aluminum Association of Florida held its annual convention and trade show at the Omni Resort ChampionsGate in Orlando on June 4 & 5.  One of the important events at the show is the awarding of construction excellence plaques to members who submit entries and photos as part of a construction contest each year. Entries are submitted in 12 separate categories and judged as to architectural compatibility, creativity, overall appearance, fitness of purpose and proper detailing.

For 2010, Orlando contractor, US Aluminum Service was the winner of TWO categories. Awards for best entry in the categories of Miscellaneous-Acrylic Room and Multi Level Pool Enclosure were presented to Thiago Davila, President of US Aluminum Services, by Mike Sonsini, President of the Association.

 

 

President Receiving Awards

President of US Aluminum Services, Receives Awards at the Aluminum Association of Florida Conference

Sunni Simmons

Aluminum Association of Florida


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