How to Choose the Best Beam for Your Porch and Deck

When you are in the process of building your porch or deck, one of the most important decisions you can make is choosing the best beam for your project. It is essential to select one that offers structural integrity, as well as aesthetic appeal. To help you make an informed decision about which beam is right for you, let’s take a look at some of the options available. 

Wood Beams

Wood beams are often chosen due to their classic aesthetic charm and affordability. They offer a natural feel and warmness to decks and porches. However, they do require some maintenance such as staining and waterproofing in order to protect them from weather damage over time. Wood beams come in a variety of species, including Douglas Fir, Redwood, Pressure Treated Pine, Cedar, Hemlock, and more. Each species has its own unique characteristics and benefits so it’s important to research each one prior to making your selection. 

Steel Beams

Steel beams offer excellent strength with minimal maintenance required over time. Steel beams are typically used for larger projects where increased strength is needed—such as longer spans or heavier loads—and they can also be used in conjunction with wood beams for an attractive mixed-material look. Steel beams come in a variety of sizes and shapes so there is plenty of flexibility when it comes to selecting the best beam for your needs.

Aluminum Beams

Aluminum beams provide outstanding corrosion resistance due to their high aluminum content, making them ideal for coastal regions or other areas prone to moisture buildup and high humidity levels. Aluminum beams are lightweight yet strong enough to support heavy loads over long spans while providing an elegant modern look that pairs well with many deck designs.

When selecting the perfect beam for your porch or deck project there are many factors that should be considered such as size, strength capacity, aesthetics, cost effectiveness and maintenance requirements. Whether you choose wood, steel or aluminum beams you can rest assured that City Porches Inc! will provide quality materials built with care by our experienced technicians so your project turns out perfectly every time! Visit our website today and speak with one of our experts about finding the right beam solution for your needs!