Being a tiki bar owner cell phone over Five years I have learned items that I wish would’ve done and items that I would never do again. I would like to reveal to you my mistakes and enhancements to my tiki bar.
First I would like to discuss some things i learned building my own, personal outside bar. Outside, need I say more! The next thunderstorm conditions locally determines how you build your bar. Listed below are ideas you need to pay attention to if you are building an outside tiki bar.
Your Climate- If you live in an area which includes warm summers and cold winters, then you’ll encounter precisely the same obstacles i came against. Be sure you use treated wood for any surface which will come touching the ground. If you don’t follow this rule your tiki bar will soon shrink and crack. For this reason you must use treated lumber; it shrinks less and definately will last a lot longer. If you have wood that’s subjected to weather you need to pay close attention to the kind of wood you employ and proper treating with the wood after it really is installed.
Insects- We used white cedar logs for that construction of my roof top because cedar is supposed to be less prone to insect damage. Okay, throw that your window, I went along for 3 years without insect problems until a year ago. I noticed wood dust and small chips lying on my small bar top. It’s about time via thatch falling or breaking up but i’m happy to report I needed carpenter bees! After inspecting my white cedar logs I ran across holes about 3/8 inch bored in certain of my logs. I knew I had to address this example immediately and after performing some research I called an exterminator. A carpenter bee looks almost the same as a standard bumble bee except no hair on abdomen along with the males are can not sting. They love natural cedar! May sure applying either wood preservative or perhaps a good Valspar varnish to your logs.
Bar Top- There are several opinions about what for your bar top. Used to do skimp here and sorry Used to do! It is strongly recommended that you apply marine plywood for that bar top, and for good reason. We used the following most sensible thing I was thinking, oak plywood. The oak plywood was acceptable for the initial year or so, applying about ten coats of marine varnish. This could be fine except the edges with the plywood have become hard to seal. Once water started getting yourself into wood I needed outright problems! To solve my problem I applied glass tile to my tiki bar top using waterproof glue and grout. The marine plywood is extremely expensive but really worth the money.
Palm Thatch- The life span of your roof on the tiki bar will definitely count on your weather. You can figure on replacing your thatch palms at least every 2 yrs. The only way that you can eliminate this challenge is top quality commercial synthetic thatch. The popularity of outdoor restaurants with tiki thatch roofs has developed a need for this synthetic thatch. I simply re-thatched my bar with sealed thatch that may offer you an extra 2 years of extra life.
Securing Your Bar- One thing I would like to mention here, is anchoring your bar down is a must item. I will be fortunate enough that my bar is on a concrete apron throughout my swimming pool area. We used drop in concrete anchors in order to avoid my bar from blowing in high winds.
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