Traditionally, the verandah was designed to protect the home from the detrimental effects of weathering, especially that of the hot sun in the throes of summer. These days, the humble verandah is also used as an extension of the home itself; a place where we can sit outside and entertain guests without exposing ourselves to the elements. To ensure that your space is effectively protected, however, it is important that you have the best roof possible above your head. But what are your options in verandah roofing?
There are actually a number of different materials that can be used as verandah roofing. The one that you ultimately choose will depend on the size, shape and style of structure.
- Metal: Many homeowners opt for the traditional roofing material of metal (copper, aluminium or tin in most cases) because it is easy to cut and to shape for your purpose. As well as this, metal also provides excellent protection from the elements (as well as sounding wonderful when it rains). The air beneath, however, is known to get quite hot and light is prevented from penetrating the space.
- Plastic/Fiberglass: An material that is almost as popular as metal, many homeowners opt for plastic or fiberglass verandah roofing because it is lightweight and inexpensive. Depending on the colour, this material also allows for maximum light penetration and is able to reduce the amount of ultraviolet radiation present. Whilst fiberglass is often seen as being a ‘green’ option, plastic is not.
- Polycarbonate: This material is one that is fast growing in popularity amongst homeowners because it can be easily moulded and has a high resistance to impact. It also offers a number of other benefits, including being heat resistance and flame retardant. Polycarbonate is available in a number of different colours and allows for maximum light penetration whilst protecting against ultraviolet radiation.
- Fabric: What would have to be the least popular verandah roofing material, fabric is still an attractive choice for many homes. If the right sort of fabric is used, you will find it is able to insulate the space below quite adequately. By making sure that you select a tough and durable fabric, you will ensure that your verandah is protected against most of the elements.
As you can see from the above list, you have a number of options when it comes to verandah roofing. Whilst some options tend to be better than others, it is important to remember that each has its advantages and disadvantages, so you should be making your final decision based upon your needs and those of the space you are creating beneath your verandah.