Traditional porches were large spaces typically used for entertaining and additional living space. We loved them so much that they became central to our society’s sense of community and culture. For a time the front porch was lost, but today, talented designers and architects are breathing new life into this American icon. With the New Urbanism movement becoming increasingly popular, architects and developers are bringing back the large porches as extended living spaces for gathering, relaxing and socializing.
Aeratis was designed and engineered to facilitate this porch movement without the maintenance of wood but with the performance of the mature timbers that were used over 100 years ago.
Historically, the porch was an extension of the grand entrance. Architects, builders, and homeowners understood that a seamless transition between the porch and the entrance way was a natural part of the design. If the entranceway had 3″ boards then the porch would follow suite. Timbers were rough cut to 1″ thick. The flooring boards were then milled on site to their correct width and shape and planed down for a smooth finish (not left with a deep wood grain like other PVC porch planks try to imitate). This smooth finish size was 7/8″ x 3 1/8″, the exact dimensions of Aeratis, making it the perfect product for historical renovation or a new porch designed with historical accuracy.