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The name of our company is Gulf Coast Aluminum, as you know, because it is at the top of this web page.  We build, and do work on patio structures, screen enclosures, carports, and pergolas.  Many of them are quite different, but here’s the 1 thing, they all have in common: concrete.  A concrete foundation.  Something solid enough to hold them to the ground under hurricane force winds.

Many ‘aluminum’ companies however don’t offer concrete or foundation work.   There’s many reasons behind this but it pretty much all boils down to this:

  • Foundation work is extremely difficult, and labor intensive.
  • Foundation work is usually resource intensive (concrete pump, machinery, dump truck).
  • You never quite know what you will run into underground.  Utilities, irrigation rocks.
  • You are at the mercy of weather.
  • The permitting requirements are rigorous.  Pre-surveys, and post surveys.
  • The work has a high fixed cost (our rate for any concrete work starts at $3000).  The concrete truck has a minimum rate and load size.  Our equipment cannot go to 2 jobs sites in the same day. Etc

On the other-hand, we do offer concrete & foundation work in-house for our new structures.  From shovel in the ground, to last screw in the roof we do patio’s and screen enclosures from start to finish.  Here’s what this means for you:

  •  You do not need to find 2 contractors, one for the structure, the other for the foundation.
  • You do not need to coordinate between them to ensure that the foundation is suitable to shape and size of the structure.
  • No need to manage to separate contractors.  The whole thing is managed by our project manager.
  • No finger pointing when the type of foundation, or materials used interferes with the structure.
  • No need to worry about proper permitting.  (many concrete contractors will not get permit the permit, or forget to close the permit).

Lets get into what we offer for concrete & foundations!

We do foundation work for structures that we build new.  If we are not building a structure, we do not offer any foundation work.  In other-words, if we are building a 12 x 24 screen room, we will do the foundation for it.  If we are building a 20 x 40 screen enclosure extension with pavers, we will do the foundation (footing) and pavers. Now if you just need a concrete walkway, poured around the side of your house, and nothing else that is something we would not offer.  Just the same, if you wanted a paver patio (only pavers, no screen) that is something we would not offer.  You would be best suited with finding a specific concrete or paver contractor respectively.

Foundation / Footing

Just need a foundation or footing poured with your screen enclosure?  We do it, offering you a one stop shop for your patio project!

Brush Finish

This is our default finishing option on concrete if no other options are chosen.  Its light texture like a driveway with no other other color.

Texture & Color

This is the most common finish on patio decks surrounding pools all over Southwest Florida.  Its got an over layer of spray on concrete for texture that is slightly smooth to create a nice walk-able surface, and we can do it in any color you would like.  Lines can be added for an additional design feature or to match adjacent surfaces.

Pavers

These are bricks which can be layed in numerous patters and colors to give a Mediterranean look.  To hose the screen enclosure the pavers will need a footing underneath.  I would suggest looking at all of our paver options here (click on pavers when you get there).

Overlay

This finish can be done to bring out a natural stone look with slip resistant texture.  These finishes also have a stain in the raw material to produce the color.

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Corey Philip Administrator
Corey began working on screen enclosures as a teenager in 2004 after hurricane Charley devastated his home town of Punta Gorda. 7 years later, after holding positions from foreman, to sales, to project manager, while attending college at Florida Gulf Coast University, Corey and childhood friend Thomas Davis founded Gulf Coast Aluminum in 2011. With a focus on delivering an unparrelled level of service, the company has grown by leaps and bounds under their leadership. Today you’ll find Corey answering the phones In his free time Corey likes training for triathlons, running the trails at Ding Darling park on Sanibel Island, and of course, working on growing Gulf Coast Aluminum.