As being a tiki bar owner let's focus on over 5 years I've learned stuff that I wish would've done and stuff that I'd never do again. I must give out my mistakes and improvements to my tiki bar.
First I must discuss some things that we learned building my own outside bar. Outside, need I only say more! The elements conditions in the area determines the method that you build your bar. Allow me to share ideas you should pay attention to should you be building another tiki bar.
Your Climate- If you live in a location containing warm summers and cold winters, you will encounter precisely the same obstacles that we came against. Be sure you use treated wood for just about any surface that comes touching the ground. Unless you follow this rule then your tiki bar will soon shrink and crack. For this reason you need to use treated lumber; it shrinks less and will last much longer. Anytime you have wood that is certainly confronted with weather you should absorb the wood you use and proper treating with the wood after it can be installed.
Insects- I oftentimes tried white cedar logs for the construction of my roof top because cedar should be less vulnerable to insect damage. Okay, throw that out your window, I went along for 3 years with no insect problems until last year. I noticed wood dust and small chips lying on my small bar top. I guess it's time received from thatch falling or breaking up but amazed to discover I'd carpenter bees! After inspecting my white cedar logs I came across holes about 3/8 inch bored in most of my logs. I knew I needed to address this case immediately after doing some research I called an exterminator. A carpenter bee looks almost identical to a common bumble bee except no hair on abdomen as well as the these are not able to sting. They love natural cedar! May sure you apply either wood preservative or perhaps a good Valspar varnish for your logs.
Bar Top- There are several opinions as to what for your bar top. I did skimp here and sorry I did! Experts recommend that you employ marine plywood for the bar top, and for good reason. I oftentimes tried another smartest thing I figured, oak plywood. The oak plywood was acceptable for the 1st few years, applying about ten coats of marine varnish. This is fine except the sides with the plywood are extremely difficult to seal. Once water started getting yourself into wood I'd just problems! To resolve my problem I applied glass tile to my tiki bar top using waterproof glue and grout. The marine plywood is quite expensive but really worth the money.
Palm Thatch- The life span of the roof on the tiki bar will certainly depend upon your weather. You'll be able to figure on replacing your thatch palms at least every couple of years. The only method that you can eliminate this problem is to find good quality commercial synthetic thatch. Very good of out of doors restaurants with tiki thatch roofs is rolling out any excuses for this synthetic thatch. I just re-thatched my bar with sealed thatch which will offer you an additional A couple of years of additional life.
Securing Your Bar- Another thing I must mention here, is anchoring your bar down is crucial item. I'm lucky that my bar is looking at a concrete apron around my swimming pool area. I oftentimes tried drop in concrete anchors to stop my bar from blowing in high winds.
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