Framing material options are:
- Wood – Wood framing material is the most commonly used framing material for most construction needs. This choice is material will allow additions to be built in unison with the integrity and common construction of the existing home. Also conventional wood built structures can easily be converted to “Heated Space” meeting all r-value requirements to become an extension of the existing home.
- Aluminum – Aluminum is a durable, long-lasting choice. It’s resistance to humidity means your frame will not rust. Aluminum Extrusion material is a durable, long-lasting, and cosmetically pleasing framing choice. This material is not only the framing material but also the finished product. It requires no maintenance, and will give the project a sense of longevity that most homeowners appreciate. This material can only be used in the construction of “Three Seasons Rooms” because it does not meet energy efficiencies that are required to become an extension of the home.
- Thermally Broken Aluminum – Thermally Broken material is the best of both worlds. It gives you the long lasting, no maintenance choice like standard aluminum extrusions, but the R-value qualifications of conventional wood framed structures. Thermally broken extrusions work on the same concept as your frying pan handle. By simply changing the material on the pans handle the heat from the pan will not allow transfer of heat to your hand. Using this same concept Thermally Broken Extrusions are separated by a thermal break that will not allow the transfer of temperature. This prevents the inside and outside temperature from coming into direct contact, thus preventing the two from waring with each other, and creating an R-value reduction within the room. This is the most expensive material option but can be the most effective and maintenance free choice available.