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Roberts Custom Builders uses only materials of the very highest quality, and offers multiple options, so that your project is best suited to your needs.



Select a service below to read about the materials that are used.

Fences & Gates


Below are some of the materials that we use in basement developments and basement suite builds. 


Excavation Equipment:
Excavators, backhoes, or bobcats are used to dig out the area for the basement.

Concrete for Foundation:
Concrete is used to pour the foundation walls and footings to create a solid base for the basement.


Typically, 2×4 or 2×6 lumber is used for framing the walls, floor, and ceiling of the basement.

Nails, Screws, and Fasteners:
These are used to secure the framing members together.


Insulation Material:
Fiberglass batts, rigid foam boards, or spray foam insulation is used to insulate the basement walls and ceiling for energy efficiency.

Moisture Barrier

Vapor Barrier:
A plastic sheet or membrane is installed on the interior side of the basement walls to prevent moisture from seeping through.


Electrical Wiring:
Copper wiring is commonly used for running electrical circuits throughout the basement.

Electrical Boxes, Outlets, Switches:
These are installed to provide power to lights, appliances, and outlets in the finished basement.


PVC or PEX Pipes:
These are used for water supply lines, drainage lines, and waste lines in the basement.

Plumbing Fixtures:
Sinks, toilets, showers, and other fixtures are installed as needed.


Drywall Sheets:
These are used to create the walls and ceilings of the basement.

Joint Compound and Tape:
These materials are used to finish the seams and corners of the drywall.


Subfloor Material:
Plywood or OSB (oriented strand board) is often used as a subfloor for the basement.

Flooring Options:
Carpet, laminate, vinyl, tile, or hardwood flooring can be installed on top of the subfloor.

Trim and Finishing

Baseboards, Trim, and Molding:
These are installed to cover gaps between the walls and floors, as well as around doors and windows.

Paint, Stain, or Finish:
Walls, ceilings, and trim are painted or finished to complete the look of the basement.


HVAC ducts may need to be extended or rerouted to provide heating and cooling to the basement.

Vents and Registers:
These are installed to distribute air throughout the finished basement.


Light Fixtures:
Ceiling lights, wall sconces, and other lighting fixtures are installed to provide illumination in the basement.


Composite or Wooden Boards

This is the primary material used for the structural components of the deck, such as posts, beams, joists, and decking boards. It is resistant to rot and decay, making it ideal for outdoor applications.

Concrete Sono Tubes

These are used to create a stable foundation for the deck by supporting the vertical posts. They help prevent settling and provide stability.


These are used to secure the beams to the posts, adding strength and stability to the deck structure.

Galvanized Nails

These are corrosion-resistant nails that are commonly used for framing the deck structure. They provide strong connections and help prevent rust stains on the wood.

Hanger Nails

These nails are specifically designed for attaching joist hangers to the ledger board and beams, ensuring a secure connection.


Screws are often used for decking boards and other applications where a strong connection is needed. Senco screws are known for their quality and durability.


Building a garage requires careful planning and a variety of materials. Here is a comprehensive list of materials you will need from start to finish to build a typical detached garage. Please note that the exact materials required can vary depending on the design, size, and location of the garage. This list assumes a standard wood-frame construction garage:

Site Preparation

Excavation tools (shovels, pickaxes, etc.). Surveying equipment (if needed). Gravel or crushed stone for the foundation base


Concrete (for footings, foundation walls, and slab). Rebar or wire mesh for reinforcement. Formwork materials (plywood, stakes, etc.). Gravel for drainage.

Frame and Structure

Lumber (for wall framing, roof trusses, headers, etc.). Nails, screws, and other fasteners. Roofing materials (plywood or OSB sheathing, roofing shingles, underlayment, etc.). Siding materials (vinyl siding, wood siding, etc.).

Doors and Windows

Garage door(s).  Entry door(s). Windows. Hardware (locks, handles, hinges, etc.).


Roofing materials (shingles, metal roofing, etc.). Roofing underlayment. Roofing nails or screws. Roofing vents.


Insulation material (fiberglass batts, foam board, etc.).  Vapor barrier. Insulation. Supports (staples, wires, etc.).

Interior Finishing

Drywall or other wall finishing materials. Interior paint or other wall coverings. Flooring materials (concrete sealer, epoxy coating, etc.).


Wiring materials (electrical wire, outlets, switches, etc.). Electrical panel. Lighting fixtures. Electrical boxes and fittings.

Plumbing (if applicable)

PVC pipes. Plumbing fixtures (sinks, faucets, etc.). Water heater (if needed). Plumbing fittings and connectors.

HVAC (if applicable)

HVAC unit (furnace, air conditioner, etc.). Ductwork. Thermostat. Insulation for ducts.

Exterior Finishing

Gutters and downspouts. Exterior paint or stain. Trim materials.


When it comes to building a durable and visually appealing fence, selecting the right materials is crucial. At Robert’s Custom Builder, we take pride in using high-quality materials and expert craftsmanship to create fences that stand the test of time.


We start by digging holes to a depth of 42 inches to ensure stability. Each post is set securely in the ground using a dry mix of two bags of concrete. Our standard practice involves using 4x6x10 treated posts, allowing them 24 hours to cure completely before proceeding with the next steps.

Rails and Fencing

For the rails, we use sturdy 2×4 lumber, providing structural support to the fence. The fencing itself is constructed using 1x6x6 boards, which are attached to the rails using ring-shanked galvanized nails for added strength and durability.

Top Plate

To finish the top of the fence with a clean and polished look, we install a 2x6x16 top plate secured with 3.5-inch #10 screws. This not only adds structural integrity but also enhances the overall appearance of the fence.

Trim Work

To add the final touches and ensure a professional finish, we incorporate 1x4x8 trim pieces. These trim boards are meticulously installed using 2-inch screws, providing a seamless transition between the fencing and the surrounding landscape.

At Robert’s Custom Builder, we believe that attention to detail and quality craftsmanship are the keys to creating fences that not only enhance the aesthetics of your property but also provide lasting value and security. Contact us today to discuss your fencing needs and let us bring your vision to life.

For our fence construction, we utilize brown pressure-treated lumber for durability and resistance to rot and decay. Additionally, we employ galvanized nails to ensure long-lasting strength and stability. Concrete is used to secure the posts firmly in the ground, providing a sturdy foundation.

Furthermore, we use screws to securely attach the top plate and trim work, ensuring a professional finish and enhancing the overall aesthetics of the fence. The combination of these materials not only results in a structurally sound fence but also adds an attractive touch to your property, increasing its curb appeal and value.


Building a wood pergola or gazebo requires several materials to ensure its stability and durability. Here is a list of materials you will typically need to build a wood pergola:


4×4 or 6×6 pressure-treated wood for the main vertical supports.

Beams and Rafters:
2×6, 2×8, or 2×10 pressure-treated wood for the horizontal beams and rafters.


Galvanized or stainless steel screws:
for attaching the wood pieces together.

Metal brackets and connectors: fo
r additional support and stability.


Concrete mix:
for setting the posts into the ground.

for the base of the post holes.

Finishing touches

Stain or sealant:
to protect the wood from the elements and enhance its appearance.

Decorative elements:
such as lattice panels, lights, or climbing plants.


Concrete footings:
for additional support on top of the ground.

Anchor brackets:
for attaching the posts to an existing concrete surface.

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