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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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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.

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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 A WINDOW

July 20th, 2011

How to Install a Window

When windows are placed in the proper spot, they can catch the perfect view of outside and let in a lot of sunlight!

US Aluminum Services has provided you with 9 steps on how to successfully remove an old window and install a new one in its place! All supplies can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowe’s. You can also view these steps from DIY network.

Materials

  • double-paned window
  • wooden window sill
  • paint
  • trim molding
  • silicone
  • insulation
  • cedar shims

Tools

  • finish nailer
  • miter saw
  • circular saw
  • screw gun
  • hammer
  • pry bar

Step 1: Remove Window Trim and Casing

The first thing to do is to use a prybar to remove the window trim and jamb extension from around the old window. The jam extension is just a piece of wood that’s been ripped down and attached to the window jamb to bring it even with the wall.

Step 2: Remove Old Window/Guide Track

Unscrew the window from the jamb and remove it. Take care not to break the glass while removing. Many windows will be multiple window sashes with moving tracks on the side. Those types of windows may be easier to remove one sash at a time.

Step 3: Prep/Repair New Window Opening

With the window out of the wall, inspect the condition of the window jamb to make sure there is no structural damage. It’s not uncommon for an old window to leak, rotting out the jamb. If there is damage, you will have to replace or repair the damaged areas of the jamb before moving forward. Also, you will need to measure your rough opening to make sure that it can accommodate your new window. The rough opening should be 1/4” to 3/8” larger than the exterior dimensions of the new window.

Step 4: Inspect/Replace Window Stop

The window stop is a piece of wood ripped down and placed around the exterior side of the window jamb. The function of the stop is to prevent the window from sliding out of the opening. It literally stops the window from moving. It’s very likely that the original stop is still in useable condition, but if it is damaged, you may need to repair or replace this as well.

Step 5: Dry Fit Window

Before applying the silicone to the the window stop, dry fit the window to make sure there are no fitment issues. If you do have fitment issues, address them now and then dry fit the window again. When done properly the window should fit snugly into the opening. Do not move forward with the install until you are satisfied with the way the window fits in the opening.

Step 6: Install Window

The actual install of the window is very simple. First, run a bead of silicone on the inside edge of the window stop (Image 1) and then slide the window into place (Image 2). Place a level across the top of the window and press cedar shims between the bottom of the window frame and the jamb as necessary to get the window sitting level (Image 3). The window will usually come with its own hardware packet, typically consisting of four screws that will go through the sides of the unit to anchor it to the jamb. Two screws should be put into each side of the window, one near the top and the other near the bottom (Image 4). There will be pre-drilled holes in the window frame for the screws.

Step 7: Add Insulation

There may be gaps around the original window frame the wall studs, and this is the perfect opportunity to insulate those areas better. For larger gaps, cut pieces of roll insulation and pack them into the gaps. For harder to reach spots, you can use expanding spray insulation foam.

Step 8: Add Extension Jambs and Trim Molding

Pick a style of molding that fits your home’s decor and create a frame around the window. Measure the length of each piece and use a miter saw to cut the trim to the appropriate length. Make your cuts on 45-degree angles so the trim will fit together with a nice picture-frame look. Attach the trim to the wall with finish nails. You may also need to add thin strips of wood trim (a jamb extension, see Step 1) inside the original window frame to cover the gap between the new window and the drywall.

TIP: At first, use only enough nails to hold the trim to the wall until you’ve successfully lined up all four sides of the frame. Once you’ve achieved the proper fit and you’re sure the trim will not require additional adjustments to fit, you can go back and add more finish nails, every 6 to 8 inches. Any slight gaps in the corners can be filled in with silicone before painting.

Step 9: Paint and Add Finishing Touches

The final step is to finish off the window framing by filling any nail holes with stainable/paintable wood putty and painting or staining the trim moulding around the window for a finished look.

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HOW TO INSTALL PAVERS

July 15th, 2011

If you are thinking about building a walkway or a pool deck in your yard, pavers are a great idea to use to complete the job! They will make your pool deck or walk way look beautiful!

US Aluminum Services has provided you with 10 steps in installing a screen door! All supplies can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowe’s. You can also view these steps from DIY network.

Features and Benefits of Having Pavers:

  • Belgard PaverSystems paver products
  • High Integrity Color
  • Slip & Skid resistance
  • Low Maintenance
  • Easy Paver Replacement
  • Hundreds of Shapes, Sizes, and Colors to choose from

Materials

  • concrete
  • masonry sand
  • pavers
  • cinderblocks
  • shovels
  • wheelbarrow
  • rubber mallet
  • straightedge
  • hammer
  • cold chisel
  • diamond edge wet saw
  • trowel
  • vibratory plate compactor

Tools

Step 1: Clear the Area

Before starting any excavation project, contact local utility companies to identify gas and water lines. Using shovels, wheelbarrows and good old-fashioned muscle, begin hauling out dirt and debris.

Step 2: Spread Crushed Concrete

Once dug to the right depth throughout the courtyard, fill the area up again. Start by spreading roughly two inches of crushed concrete evenly over the soil. The crushed concrete is an aggregate.

Step 3: Screed Sand

Lay out the conduit poles about two feet apart (Image 1). Since you will not be able to walk on the sand once it is screeded, work in small sections (Image 2).

Step 4: Lay Pavers

Lay the pavers down with the rough surface facing upward. This will give the courtyard more of a natural stone look. Place a straight edge along the length of the pavers just laid. By tapping gently with a rubber mallet, you are able to keep the pavers nice and flat.

Step 5: Continue Screeding and Laying Pavers

Continue screeding the sand bed one section at a time before laying the next area of pavers. Once laid, the pavers provide an excellent area to work without upsetting the newly screeded sand bed. Continue screeding and laying pavers, leaving the area for the fountain open.

Step 6: Lay the Fountain Foundation

Position four cinderblocks where the fountain base will sit, making sure they are level. These foundation blocks will help distribute the weight of the fountain and prevent uneven sinking or wobbling. Using a hammer and cold chisel, score the pavers along the line. If there are large areas where pavers need to be cut to size, a more modern technique can be used with a diamond blade wet saw.

Step 7: Add a Restraining Wall

Add a small DIY restraining wall along the flowerbeds burring the pavers in an upright position. This is an inexpensive, effective and attractive way to keep dirt and water from spilling over into the courtyard.

Step 8: Place the Fountain

After placing the fountain on its new foundation, add a row of pavers to serve as a small retaining wall for the plants.

Step 9: Spread Masonry Sand

Making sure to fill the spaces in between each paver, spread masonry sand across the entire surface. Leaving surplus sand across the top of the pavers helps cushion the surface when you use the plate compactor. The vibration of the plate compactor also helps to fill the joints in between pavers.

Step 10: Re-Sweep the Area

Finally, re-sweep the surface with the remaining dry sand. This process may have to be repeated over the new few days as the sand settles and rain compacts it.

Below are a few pictures of finished jobs done in the Central Florida Area by US Aluminum Services:

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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!

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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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FL Pool Enclosure Company Ranked #253 on INC 500 List

June 8th, 2010

The prestigious Inc. 500 List has ranked US Aluminum Services Corporation, an Orlando, Florida company, as number 253 in the nation on its 2009 list of the fastest growing, privately held companies in the United States. US Aluminum, which installs screen rooms, fences, pool enclosures, sunrooms, seamless gutters, pavers and concrete, has been providing Florida homeowners with reliable construction and installation of these products since 2004.

In noteworthy categories of business growth and excellence, US Aluminum achieved two top-10 rankings on the Inc. 500 List, ranking as number 7 nationally among America’s privately held construction companies and number 7 nationally in the Top 10 Latino and Hispanic-run companies. Davila says, “US Aluminum is proud to represent the Latino and Hispanic communities with this honor. Our rapid growth has been due entirely to building a name as a competitively priced, trustworthy provider of services that Florida homeowners need: top quality screen rooms, pool enclosures, sunrooms, fences and railings, decorative screen doors, concrete and pavers, and seamless gutters.”

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