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    Default Is the timber here good enough for roofing?

    I'm thinking of some ideas to build a gazebo in my garden and I want to ask any building experts if the raw timber that is generally available would be suitable for constructing a wooden roof.

    My initial idea was going to be cana, but I thought I would look at a few different options as well.

    This was to sort of roof design I was thinking about. I'm quite close to the sea and I'm concerned that the timber would rot quickly, even the treated stuff. Although I'm sure there is a hard wood option such as mahogany or oak, but I reckon the cost would be astronomical. So I'm looking for an economical alternative.


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    Most wood here is imported, including treated pine which is an American standard for outdoor use.

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    It could be built out of treated lumber. Then roofed with either real terracotta tile, terracotta like tin, or they make a terracotta poly-composite tile. Roofing it with one of the products I suggested would protect it from the rain and you should get many years out of it.

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    I think if treated and kept on top of you would be fine, just a case of maintenance like everything else. I'd probably go with tradition and cover it with palm fronds, no expenses and easily renewable if need be. How to Weave Palm Fronds for Your Tiki Hut | eHow.com
    How to Build a Sturdy Tiki Hut | eHow.com

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    Okay. Probably 99% of the wood on this island is now imported. The 1% that is not comes from Plan Sierra, but I do not know their distribution channels but I can find out.

    Ochoa is a huge wood distributor and they have a modern "Wolmanizing" facility in Santiago. So that is where you go for you wood needs.

    If you need exotic wood, go to Madesol, either in Santo Domingo or Santiago....Maybe for a special trim or something.

    The construction of your gazebo would use treated plywood as the base of the roof and as one poster suggested either terra cotta or tin sheeting that "looks like" terra cotta.... Ochoa can provide everything you need...

    Nice project...


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    2x8 treated pine is going for RD34 a foot.

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    correction: 2X8 treated pine is going for RD45 a foot. Ferr. Ochoa's method of calculating by area threw me off a little. It's charged by the surface area per linear foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    correction: 2X8 treated pine is going for RD45 a foot. Ferr. Ochoa's method of calculating by area threw me off a little. It's charged by the surface area per linear foot.
    Does that mean a 2ft X 8ft board costs 360 pesos?

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    No you must mean 2in by 8in plank right? How long are the planks?

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    1 ea. 2"x8"x10' board costs:

    (2x8)/12 = 1.33 x 10' x 1 ea. x RD33.90 = RD384

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