Patio Roofs — Perth Outdoor Patios Ideas & Designs

Patio Roofs — Perth Outdoor Patios Ideas & Designs

Perth Patio Roof Options

FLAT ROOF Just like the name implies, a flat roof is the same height all the way across. Flat roof patios are less popular now with roof designs like gable more in vogue.

Flat roof patios have less overhead space than other patio roof designs and can give that closed-in, claustrophobic feel.

However, this style of patio roof is perfectly fine for carports, or storage areas or for creating extended eaves to give further protection from the sun and rain.

Other advantages to this patio roof style is that it is simpler to construct and install, and cost less than other patio designs.

GABLE ROOF Gable designs incorporate a triangle shape roof making a pitched shape. Other variations of pitched roofs are HIP and DUTCH. Pitched gable (hip or dutch) sections can be mixed in with flat roof sections to create a customised look.

DOMED ROOF Essentially a domed roof patio uses curved sections of metal, polycarbonate (or other) materials to produce the desired shape.

A disadvantage of domed roofs can be that they potentially can trap in heat, but this depends on the curvature of the dome. Slightly curved dome shapes wont be a problem.

Hmmm, Which Patio Roof Material Do I Choose?

With outdoor living spaces an essential part of Aussie culture and housing design, patios are hugely popular. And the variety of patio designs is vast.

For example, your choice of patio roofing impacts on the feel and function of your patio. You can choose metal sheeting like Colorbond steel, or one of the many polycarbonate plastic sheeting options.

Opaque patio roofing, using ColorBond sheeting and other options, is ideal protection from the heat. With an opaque roof  your patio becomes a cool, shady retreat.  This is important in hot areas like Perth.

And in cooler areas (further south) its a good idea to consider an amount of transparent patio roofing to let in sun and warmth and natural light.

With modern polycarbonate materials it’s possible to choose patio roofing with a mix of benefits. These plastic sheets are durable, reflective and come with a range of colours and qualities. You can select the amount of light and heat you’d like your roof to transmit or reflect.

In the Perth climate, for example, you might want your roof to let in plenty of light but not too much heat. Have a look at these two products, and you’ll see how this can be done:

  • Suntuf SolarSmart by Palram – comes corrugated or Greca (squared) in different colours with varying heat and light transmission properties.
  • Laserlite 3000 by Bayer Material Science – comes corrugated or Greca (squared) in different colours with varying heat and light transmission properties as well.

Ask your patio builder to show you their roofing products and explain the differences between them.

Suntuf Another Good Patio Roofing Option

When it comes to selecting a patio roof, you’ll be considering:

1) how it looks

2) how long it will last

3) how much light and heat it will allow into your patio area.

Suntuf polycarbonate plastic sheeting offers a range of patio roofing solutions.

Suntuf makes an excellent choice of patio roofing because you can select something to suit your unique needs and tastes. There are clear and translucent options with different roofing profiles (corrugated and Greco). You can choose the amount of reflectivity. It’s immensely durable and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Here’s a summary of the basic types of Suntuf:

Suntuf Standard has five translucent and one clear sheeting option. The clear sheeting lets in maximum light and heat. This is great for cooler climates where winter warmth on your patio is a priority. The translucent options let in 20-44% light and 33-48% heat. They’re good for patios needing some light but not too much heat.

Suntuf SolarSmart comes in three translucent colours offering diffused or semi-diffused light and low glare. SolarSmart sheeting is heat reflective with 99.9% UV blockout and blocks out near infra-red radiation too (i.e. heat). Excellent choices for patio area sun protection all year round.

Suntuf SolarSmart Selective is even more efficient than the SolarSmart range when it comes to heat reduction and reflectivity. Two translucent colours offer heat reduction of up to 85% and minimal glare (with 15% light transmission). These suit year-round very hot climates (like Perth) where it’s important to have a cool outdoor patio space.

Creative Designs With Laserlite Patio Roof Options

There are countless options when it comes to patio area and roof designs

Perhaps you envisage a shady, leafy, cool retreat filled with green potted plants. Or perhaps you’d love a sunny, warm alcove that lets in lots of light. Whatever you have in mind youll need to choose the appropriate patio roofing material to achieve your outdoor vision.

With solid roof materials like Colorbond steel you block out 100% of the light. However, by adding polycarbonate plastic sheets, you can allow variable amounts of light and heat to get through – depending on your needs.

One such polycarbonate option is Laserlite by Bayer Australia.  Laserlite offers warranties of 15 years plus, so you can be sure your patio roof is going to keep out the weather for years to come!

Here’s a summary of the basic types of the Laserlite patio roofing product:

• Laserlite 1000 is a general purpose sheeting that gives 99.9% UV protection. It comes in corrugated (Trimdek and Greca), and ribbed (Roma) profiles, in lengths from 1.8m to 9m. The clear sheeting lets in maximum light and warmth. Four coloured translucent options are also available with varying reflective and light-transmitting properties.

• Laserlite 2000 is a high performing sheeting with a similar choice of profiles, lengths, clear and translucent options.

• Laserlite 3000 sheeting offers heat reflective technology with up to 50% better performance that the standard sheeting. It comes in three translucent styles with corrugated or Greca profiles and lengths between 1.8m and 9m.

You can check out Laserlite Australia online for more information.

Patio Roofs — Perth Outdoor Patios Ideas & Designs

Patio Roof Colours ColorBond Steel

What colours does patio roof material come in? Well, if youve already spoken to a patio builder, then most of them work with a range of standard metal sheet colours made by BlueScope Steel called the ColorBond range.

As of January 2013, Colorbond colours come in four ranges: Standard, Ultra, Stainless and Fencing.

www.colorbondcolours.com/ to see the current ColorBond range for patio roofs and backyard fences.

Youll need to remember a couple of things;

1) The colour you see on your computer screen will be different to the actual colour of the steel material, so only use what you see on the ColorBond website as a guide

2) Not the entire range of colours will be available from a particular local Perth patio builder, they will usually only offer 8-12 colours.

When it comes to choosing the colour for your outdoor patio roof its best to go with something that will match (or closely) match your existing home colour scheme (such as roof tile colour, brick wall colour, gutter colour, etc) as well as being modern. Lighter ColorBond patio roof sheeting will also fade less (or be not as noticeable) as dark colours.

How about requesting a quote from this website from a local patio builder? They should provide you with a ColorBond colour guide when they visit you (or pick up a ColorBond guide from a local paint shop).

Patio Roof Materials Just What Is ColorBond Steel?

Colorbond® steel is used in many Perth patio constructions as well as in other backyard areas and on roofs. So what is Colorbond? Why is it so popular for patio roofs?

One of the main reasons is that is made by a large Australian company BlueScope Steel (a spin off from BHP).

Heres what BlueScope Steel say about their Colorbond product

1. Made for Australian conditions

COLORBOND® steel has been rigorously tested in some of Australias harshest climatic conditions for over 40 years. So whether your roof or walls, gutters, fence or garage doors are made from COLORBOND® steel, you can be sure its great Aussie looks will last.

2. A wide range of colours to mix & match

From light to dark, delicate to deep, elegant to lively, the standard COLORBOND® steel range includes 20 colours. This gives you the scope to acheive the look you want to suit your house style and the surroundings.

3. Thermal efficency for year-round comfort

COLORBOND® steel cools down fast when the sun sets, so less heat is radiated into your home. In winter the same roof, combined with insulation, helps keep the warmth in. Also every colour in the standard COLORBOND® steel range features Thermatech® solar reflectance technology to reflect more of the suns heat in summer. So your home is more energy efficient and can help reduce your cooling and energy costs.

4. An inspiration for innovative home designs

Because steel is lightweight yet extremely strong, it is ideal for todays modern home designs. These could feature high ceilings, open-plan layouts, dramatic wall lines and stylish roofs, whether curved, flat or pitched.

5. Made and backed by Australian owned BlueScope Steel

COLORBOND® steel is strong and durable. Its made in Australia for Australia and warranted for a range of applications by BlueScope Steel.


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