How to Get More Shade for Your Verandah & Pergola

More Australians are discovering the pleasures of outdoor living every summer, but when you’re designing your outdoor areas, it’s essential to consider how they will be shaded from the sun and protected from wind, rain and other adverse weather. Following are some of the most popular shade solutions for verandahs, pergolas and patios.blind

Ambient blinds

Versatile, stylish and highly effective, ambient blinds offer higher levels of comfort and privacy compared to standard patio blinds and awnings, with the best products blocking up to 99% of UV rays. With custom sizes and a huge variety of fabrics and colours to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect blinds to match your home’s style and set the right mood in your verandah.

Made from durable fabrics that are resistant to tearing as well as to mould and mildew, ambient blinds are a long-term, low maintenance solution, covered by a five-year parts and maintenance warranty for peace of mind.

Shade sails and canopies

Shade structures are affordable and convenient options for providing temporary shade in uncovered outdoor areas, from open patios and decks to children’s play areas. Shade sails offer up to 95% UV protection and are available in diverse colours and styles to match every situation.

The disadvantage of shade sails is that larger sails catch the wind, which can make them more difficult to set up, more prone to damage and reduce their longevity. Custom-designed shade canopies are a more reliable and effective alternative, but also more expensive.

Sunroof verandah

You might not want to block out the sun all the time, which is where all-weather solutions such as the Stratco Outback Sunroof come to the rescue. The rotating louvers can be controlled remotely for total convenience as you adjust the light and shade levels to your preference.

You won’t have to worry about letting the rain in, as sensors close the louvers automatically when moisture is detected. Noise won’t be a problem either, as insulating foam inside the louvers helps to reduce outside noise levels, and the moving parts have been engineered for whisper quiet operation.

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Different Styles of Pergolas

Pergolas are one of the most popular types of outdoor structures for many reasons, not least their flexibility. The design of your pergola is only limited by your imagination, though you’ll also need to consider which styles go with your house.

Our design experts can help you choose from hundreds of possible design combinations when installing your pergola. To help you get started, here are some of most popular styles to suit a variety of outdoor spaces.

Open or shaded pergola

Your pergola is a place to enjoy the fresh air, but you also need to be sure that your family and guests are protected from the sun and the elements.

An open-roofed pergola can be easily transformed into a shaded retreat by fitting shadecloth to the open beams, which can be opened whenever you need it and folded back into place when you don’t for a neat finish. You can also install shadecloth as a side screen to enjoy extra privacy in your backyard.

Gable or flat roof pergola

If you prefer a roofed structure, there are several roof profiles to choose from based on your home’s architectural style and your climate.

With their higher profiles and steep sides, gable or pitched roofs improve airflow and water runoff as well as creating a uniform look with house roofs. Gable pergolas offer plenty of freedom for customised designs, with a selection of end types and ceilings to choose from.

Flat roofs can be built to any size and shape desired and constructed from a range of quality materials to match your home style. Flat roofs are still installed with a small degree of pitch to ensure proper drainage and avoid water pooling.

Freestanding or attached pergola

Your pergola can be attached to the side of your house wall or roof with brackets or installed further out in your garden. Attached pergolas are usually cheaper, as they require less materials and construction, but freestanding structures will extend your outdoor space.

Pergola themes

When you’ve decided on the physical characteristics of your pergola, you can get creative with pergola themes that suit your personality and your budget – whether that means a rustic nature theme, sleek modern look, classic Roman tiles or a tropical escape in your backyard.

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Alfresco and Outdoor Dining Ideas

 With the days getting longer and the temperature getting warmer, taking your meals out of the dining room into the open air is one of the best ways to make the most of the summer.

Whether you’re dining out on the verandah, by the poolside or down at the bottom of the garden, here are some ideas for creating al fresco dining areas to suit every mood and occasion.

Relaxed beachside vibe

If your backyard is a place to unwind and get away from it all, you can set the right care-free atmosphere by avoiding matching furniture sets and instead mixing a variety of styles, materials and textures. Natural materials such as wicker, wood and stone will help you to leave the modern world behind.

Sophisticated outdoor dining

Dining outdoors doesn’t have to be informal though, and you won’t have to sacrifice style and sophistication when you set up a dining table and enough place settings for family and friends under the shade of a covered pergola. Even in the shade, it’s still a good idea to choose durable outdoor furniture that will stand up to the elements, made from moisture-resistant materials such as steel, aluminium or treated timber.

Garden oasis

If you’re looking for excuses to spend more time in the garden, setting up a temporary or permanent dining area away from the house in a gazebo or other covered structure is a great way to extend your outdoor living space and escape to nature. Make sure you have a safe and easy route from your dining area back to the kitchen by installing paving and lighting.

Front porch dining

If your front porch or verandah is far enough from the street, it can make the perfect setting for a cosy dinner for two or waking up with breakfast and coffee, especially in the country.

Vibrant party space

Any outdoor space can be turned into a buzzing social hub with a few splashes of colour, lights, music and enough seating for all of your guests. If your budget doesn’t stretch to buying extra furniture, large cushions and bean bags scattered across the deck set a fun and informal atmosphere.

Rustic fireside dining

To create an outdoor dining area for all seasons, just add fire. If you’re planning to spend a lot of time outdoors, you could install a fireplace in your pergola or go with the more economical option of a raised concrete and glass firepit that doubles up as a coffee table when not in use.

Outdoor bar

If you’re serious about entertaining al fresco, an outdoor bar will show you mean business. Shaded under a verandah roof, you can bring out your drinks cabinet and improvise counters and buffet tables from spare furniture and crates.

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Outdoor Privacy Ideas with Pergolas

Outdoor Privacy Ideas with Pergolas

 If you need a space to relax outdoors while still enjoying your privacy, installing a pergola could be the answer. These comfortable and versatile outdoor living spaces come in a range of styles to suit your home and your personality – whether you’d rather unwind surrounded by nature or enjoy total privacy and shade with fabric or wood panels.

Foliage coverings

Pergolas have been used in gardens for thousands of years, as far back as the Ancient Egyptians who used palm leaves and reeds to protect occupants from the desert sun. Meanwhile, the Ancient Greeks and Romans encouraged grape vines to grow over their pergolas, providing natural decoration and year-round shade. Foliage coverings are still a popular option for pergolas today, which can help to integrate these structures into your garden.

Lattice panels

For a higher level of privacy than vines, a pergola with latticed panels lends an ornate touch to any garden, as well as enhancing shade. Latticed panels are fitted between the support columns and come in a range of designs, depending on how much sunlight you want to filter out.

Privacy panels

If you need more privacy on one or more sides of your pergola, solid privacy panels can be added when the pergola is installed or at a later time, making sure you choose a product that matches the existing style.

Fabric coverings

There are many ways to use fabric in your pergola design too, from custom-made curtains and fixed awnings to temporary shade cloths and retractable canopies. Make sure the fabric you choose is capable of standing up to the elements and offers a high level of sun protection if you’ll be spending plenty of time outdoors.

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What Is A Pergola?

With their simple and timeless design, pergolas have long been popular features of Australian homes and gardens. Despite their widespread use however, many people are still unclear about what exactly a pergola is, and what makes these installations different from other outdoor structures.

Read on to find out the benefits of pergolas and why they can make an ideal addition to your outdoor space.

Features of pergolas

Pergolas come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles to suit different properties, tastes and budgets, but they all have key features in common. Pergolas are always:

  • permanent structures
  • sheltered by a fixed roof
  • supported by columns

These structures may be freestanding in gardens or attached to the home. Their sides are usually left open, but may be covered by removable shadecloth or PVC to offer protection from the weather.

Since ancient times, pergolas have been used to grow climbing plants and vines, but today they are just as often used as spaces for entertaining or relaxing in the fresh air.

Pergola or patio?

If you’re debating whether to add a pergola, patio or other outdoor structure to your home, pergolas do offer certain advantages. While patios can be permanent or temporary extensions to a home, pergolas are always built to last – as long as you choose quality materials – and are much easier to maintain over the years.

Pergolas are also available in a wider variety of colours and styles, which can be tailored to perfectly match your home and add to its sale value. If you use your pergola to grow plants, well-established vines and flowering plants can make a striking impact.

Some differences are more a matter of aesthetics and psychology, with pergolas ‘feeling’ more like part of the garden whereas patios are commonly viewed as extensions of the living space. This distinction may be a small detail, but it can make all the difference when you feel like escaping to nature for a while.

Choosing your pergola

When deciding what type of pergola will be the best fit for your home and garden, you should always consider what you plan to use it for, the style of your home and, of course, your available budget.

In terms of materials, treated timber is the most affordable option, as well as having a classic, rustic look ideal for country homes. However, timber also requires more maintenance than metal options such as steel and aluminium, which can be more economical in the long term. You will also need to consider the roofing material, which needs to be resilient enough to handle your local climate and weather.

The ideal shape for your pergola will depend on its function and location. Simple rectangular designs are the practical option for structures attached to houses, but if you’re building a freestanding pergola out in the garden, you’ll have greater freedom to explore hexagonal, octagonal and circular designs.

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Decorating your Outdoor Pergola

Pergola’s are a natural addition to a home and are a functional way to enhance living space. Often, outdoor spaces are left barren or are given little to no attention because they aren’t utilized as frequently as indoor living areas.  However, any part of your home should reflect a sense of care and all areas should naturally flow into one another.

Decorating your outdoor area is a great way to ensure that your home has unified effect and is livable throughout.

To maximise the aesthetical appeal of your patio, consider using these simple additions when decorating:

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Plants

Adding plants toy our outdoor space will instantly brighten up the area.

For easy upkeep, consider putting low maintenance potted plants such as succulents, pines, ivy’s and ferns.

However, for those looking to permanently commit to a garden, aim for a number of different plants that will flourish in different seasons in order to have a blooming outdoor area all year round.

Furniture & Decor

To turn your pergola into an area where you can entertain and relax in, invest in an outdoor furniture set that’s weather-proof so you can use it throughout the year.

Additionally, you can add personal touches by adding things such as outdoor lights, your favourite decorative pieces and outdoor artwork such as small sculptures or a centre piece for your table.

The Extra Mile

If you want to go the extra mile and turn your outdoor area into a regular living area, consider adding in homely additions such as a suspended hammock, a built in outdoor lounge, a day bed or egg chairs. You can even bring the indoor feel outdoor by adding throw blankets and pillows in the shaded areas.

By adding these pieces, you can utilise your pergola as a place where you can spend your recreational down time by yourself or in the company of friends and family.

Whether you’re looking to build a pergola or have an existing one, these outdoor decorating ideas are some of the ways in which you can spruce up an area that is otherwise left bare. An outdoor space worth looking at is an area worth spending time in.

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