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Questions to consider when building a new deck
Create an Inviting Outdoor Space with a Covered Deck With A Wood Ceiling, Fan and Lighting
If you’re doing a flat ceiling, then in addition to the actual ceiling rafters, you need to put in additional framing to be able to support that flat ceiling. So that's a hundred percent in addition to that material, you would normally have it, you’re just putting it in to be able to support a flat ceiling.
What kind of wood is used for patio ceilings?
Redwood can be an excellent choice for outdoor deck or patio ceiling applications due to its low seasonal movement and shrinkage. It is an ideal material for outdoor ceilings that require minimal maintenance and upkeep. But it has been rising in cost and in Colorado’s climate it can dry out, crack and split when not protected properly Redwood is naturally resistant to insects, decay, and water damage, making it an ideal choice for custom outdoor ceiling installations.
The number one reason that a homeowner would want to go with a flat ceiling for a deck cover, is because the back of their house has cantilevers and if you don't do a flat ceiling you're able to see the roof was added and so by putting in the flat ceiling it looks like it's always been there. These are things that we would discuss while on-site so you can either do a flat or vaulted rate ceiling. Now the second is the material options, so the most affordable is to match existing materials on the home, which is typically 4 by 8 sheets of textured Masonite and it’s pre-primed. That’s what you would find on the eaves of the home and that's what you would find if you have a covered front porch, is typically a textured Masonite and that is the most affordable.
How do you protect a wood porch ceiling?
If you decide to add wood to your porch ceiling, to add a touch of beauty, it great to stain it with an oil-based stain. The reason it’s smart to use oil-based when staining larger projects such as ceilings, they will take longer to set therefore giving you more time to apply it and work with them. Allowing you to smooth out any streaks or unevenness in the color and finish and then once you are satisfied with the perfect finished look, it’s very important to apply an oil-based clear topcoat to protect the wood and finish.
The other most common wood is a cedar tongue-and-groove. Cedar has gone up considerably in price post covid and it's it's a premium. I just did one this week a bid and the premium for the cedar came in at $4,000 more. Now it's well worth the investment if it makes sense to the budget it gives it that custom look. We're building the roof to work to match existing conditions. We wanted to look like it came with the house but that ceiling is a place where you can splurge a little bit or do that custom Cedar tongue-and-groove to make it just look more cozy or more custom.
How do you light a covered porch?
Adding light to your covered patio space doesn't have to be complicated. Outdoor pendants, flushmount ceiling fixtures, and recessed lighting can all be used to light up your space. Just make sure to select fixtures that are rated for outdoor use and install a dimmer so you can fine-tune the light output. For task lighting, turn up the dimmer to make sure it's bright enough for whatever you're doing.
You can choose from a variety of different lighting options when wanting to add them to an outdoor Deck or Patio ceiling. Whether you choose can lights or electrical outlets, which are becoming more popular, and also having a place to be able to plug in your Christmas lights or tea lights, or things like that. You also have the option for a ceiling fan placed on the deck or patio ceiling. Now ceiling fans are very “taste-specific” to each homeowner, so we are always going to install the ceiling fan that you as the homeowner would already provide us. Trust me, you do not want us picking out your ceiling fan. And then we're of course, installing switches on the interior of the home to control the function for them. Anytime we are doing more than one electrical fixture, we need to put in an arc fault breaker at the panel, so that's always something that you want to keep in mind.
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