Install a veranda works exclusively as we all know with Stratco designed and engineered colorbond steel importantly sourced from blue sculpt steel right here in Victoria
It’s a local product
You wouldn’t even consider something like timber against that, Is your home worth it?
When we are getting down to tintax wood is an organic material. And I don’t care how it is prepared, cut and dried, how it is treated, painted, coated, it is an organic material, by its very nature it is going to start reacting with the environment straight away
My view is that you actually can’t get the hardwood that you used to get, you know, 18-20 years ago. A lot of these structures after 4 or 5 years they are rotting in places. And there’s been plenty of places that I’ve gone out to where we’ve pulled down structures that have only been up 5 or 6 years, so it ends up not being a cost effective choice if you are going to replace the structure
A couple of other things with wood that really stand out with me. Since 2006 most of Melbourne has been under a really strict fire code. A lot of the fringe areas around the bell ratings, you can’t build a timber product outside a house under a bell rated area. It can’t happen. And here’s the other one, the mere nature of having to paint it, there’s a texture on it that insects could crawl over. It’s a very hard for a spider to get a spider web going on a Stratco veranda.
They always look a lot cleaner don’t they?
For the years that I’ve been doing this I would probably replace a timber structure weekly, go out and quote I mean. I don’t think I’ve ever had to go out and replace a steel veranda.
And that speaks to the longevity of a timber veranda.
Like a colorbond fence. You do a timber one and you know that you are going to have to replace it whether colorbond finished or not, six weeks, six months or six years old