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Neither the architects nor the installer, Charlie Kawas of CK Construction, had worked with the Eurotec rooftop deck system before. They were interested in the possibilities this deck system offered. As Kawas explained, “you’ve got to get it done in a timely fashion, but…quality is key. At the end of the day, you want it to look great. That’s how we got started with the Eurotec Rooftop Deck system.”
“I like that it’s a concealed fastener system. I’m not a fan of when you can see the face screw.... The clips hold the decking boards down very well. Nice, and tight. I think it’s a great system.”
-Charlie Kawas, Owner, CK Construction
The Mataverde team provides rooftop deck layouts that help designers and builders meet their project requirements. If there is a better way to lay out the aluminum system profiles and rooftop deck pedestals, they look for it. Building a solid, high performance deck is a critical success factor. That’s why we partner with our customers to resolve tricky design issues.
Clint said working with the Mataverde team was, “Fantastic”. Charlie agreed. They were able to have frequent back-and-forth conversations with Mataverde to ask questions and resolve custom installation issues as they came up.
With the Mataverde Eurotec rooftop deck system, the Eurotec Aluminum System profile is used as deck joists. They are non-combustible, lay straighter and weigh less than wooden deck joists. The aluminum system profile joists also have a lower height than wood. This is often important in low clearance rooftop deck installations like this one.
Charlie demonstrates the installation process of the adjustable pedestals and aluminum joists on the rooftop deck.
About the installation process, Charlie said, “I love the fact that it’s extremely rigid. 100% rigid. You’ve got 1.5” aluminum rails, that’s framing. And you’ve got the solid plastic pedestals that either click into the rails or you can screw them.…[and] any waste, you can use for bracing.”
Charlie continued, “And what’s also good is the joists lay out at a 19.2” on center, so it’s not your standard 16”. You get more out of it on your framing…the decking is 1” so it’s a solid system. Very solid,"
Even during installation, the Eurotec rooftop deck system with hidden fasteners gives a smooth, luxurious look to the full length boards in the deck design.
For a sleek look on the decking, Charlie ordered pre-grooved Garapa decking. Hidden deck fasteners were also chosen. Charlie, who describes himself as “meticulous” when it comes to deck installations, says, “I like that it’s a concealed fastener system. I’m not a fan of when you can see the face screw. When you see the screw on top of the board, it’s never as nice as when you don’t see any. So, I’m a fan. The clips hold the decking boards down very well. Nice, and tight. I think it’s a great system.”
Garapa premium hardwood decking material offered Clint the golden-orange tones and grain variations he was looking for, creating a rooftop deck as stunning as the view. Since this was his first use of Garapa he found that, “The material was very diverse, too. There was some dark pieces and light pieces and initially we were kind of concerned we wouldn’t get a consistent look. But by the time … you put it all together, it just nicely blends together. It did create a very nice finished product.”
The natural beauty of Garapa hardwood colors and graining creates a warm, relaxing rooftop environment. Using only the Penofin Hardwood Sealer, the grain shines through.
He looks forward to checking in on this project as the Garapa ages and seeing the performance of the Eurotec rooftop deck system over the years. He expects great things.
“We are very happy with the decking…the end joints don’t seem to be expanding as much as they did with the composites, so that it looks a lot more stable. "The deck was designed with long decking boards and…the clip system was very good," he said. “It has been a successful system for sure.”
Clint and Charlie both plan to use the Eurotec Rooftop Deck System and Mataverde Garapa premium hardwood again in the future.
The completed rooftop deck from below, with the palm tree treetops.
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