What Warranties Do I Get With A Veranda

The warranties that protect our types of structures are 15 years structural and 10 years workmanship.

Workmanship guarantee

You can rest easy with our workmanship guarantee. With other firms that employ subcontractors, you ring them up after 8 years and say after a heavy rain that ‘there’s a leak, what do I do?’ They say we’ll give you Johnny’s number. You ring him

What about other companies warranties?

Out there in the field there are companies that have come up over the last year or so. They are offering a 15 year product warranty, and haven’t been around in business for a year. How the heck can they offer more than that as a warranty?

We have been in business for more than 10 years

Our own building teams

Because we use our own building teams all you have to do, with the slightest complaint, ring up our office. We’ll send out a tradesman to fix it. End of story.

Stratco guarantee and our own

I think the other big thing too is although the 15 years comes from Stratco against the system – Stratco also ask us to give 12 months for our work. But we have upped that to 10 years, which is unheard of, 10 times what’s asked of us. That is a big stamp to say we know what we are doing.

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Can I Get A Quote For A Veranda Over The Phone

That is a very good question. The reality is you can’t get an accurate quote over the phone.

There are too many variables when it comes to quoting.

  • How are we attaching to the house?
  • Are we close to boundaries?
  • Potential permit problems

There are just an abundance of things that cannot be addressed. Yourself being an individual that is not of the full understanding of all these ramifications and requirements – to be able to give us that accurate information is difficult. So realistically if you want an accurate quote then you do need someone to come out to your home.

Other companies give quotes over the phone?

Any company out there that isn’t willing to come out to your home, or offering to give quotes on the phone, I would really question the quality of the quote. The last thing you really want to do is be in a position where you’ve asked for a price, you’ve been given that price. But when it comes to the time to actually put pen to paper and make that formal contract that get the wheels in motion, you find that the quote just isn’t accurate anymore.

All of a sudden that it’s increased by 25%; it’s just not fair on you as a consumer.

We are happy to come to your home

So we as a company are happy to come out and give you an obligation free quote. It’s a free design process. And I believe all companies should be doing the same. It just ensures there is no misrepresentation and you really are getting what you are paying for.

Thank you

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Verandah Design Ideas

Verandahs are an iconic feature of the Australian home, offering valuable space for relaxing or entertaining outdoors as well as adding value to your property if you decide to sell in the future.

But before you install a verandah, you should check out the many design options available to make sure you’re choosing the perfect style to match your home, your needs and your budget.

Verandah roof styles

The type of roof you choose for your verandah will make a striking impact on your home’s appearance, as well as affecting drainage and shade. The most popular roof styles are:

  • Curved roof – with their smooth, clean lines, curved verandah profiles are a great match for contemporary homes. They can be built freestanding or attached to the property.
  • Flat roof – the simplest type of verandah to install, flat roofs can be custom made to any desired size with ease, or extended to cover your patio area.
  • Gable design – well-suited for areas with high rainfall, pitched roofs are a popular choice for freestanding verandahs that can provide extended cover for garden areas.
  • Sunroof – while most verandahs are designed to keep the sun out, sunroof styles feature adjustable louvers that can be opened or closed to let in light when preferred.

You can get creative by combining two or more roof styles at different points along your verandah, such as a pitched section adding visual interest to a flat or curved roof.

Freestanding verandahs

Most verandahs are built attached to one or more sides of the home, but you can extend your outdoor living space when you install a freestanding structure that offers shade, privacy and aesthetic appeal, such as: Rustic-Outdoor-Living-Area-199x300

  • Pergolas – enjoy natural shade with vines and other climbing plants or fixed screens in this backyard retreat.
  • Gazebos – this classic design can serve as an ornamental outdoor feature and a place to look out over your garden.

Heritage verandahs

If you live in an older property or you prefer the traditional look, Outback Heritage verandahs add classic style with roof pitches of 22 or 30 degrees, heights up to 3 metres and a range of colour options to match the look of your home.

Choosing materials and colours

The materials you choose for your verandah are important for more than just practical reasons. While it’s essential to choose high quality, durable materials, you should also choose options that suit your home and your taste – whether that means treated timber frames for a traditional property, the rugged look of corrugated steel or versatile polycarbonate, available in a range of colours.

When selecting colours for your verandah, you should consider how these complement or contrast with other features of your property to achieve different effects.

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Install a Veranda is Australia’s largest specialist verandah installation company, with more than 5,000 verandahs installed. Speak to one of our friendly design experts on 1800 000 504 to start designing your dream verandah today, with hundreds of possible design combinations available to match every budget.

 

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What Is the Difference Between a Pergola and Verandah?

Pergolas and verandahs have always been popular features of Australian homes, but do you really know how to tell the difference? While they each have unique advantages, the best fit for your outdoor space will depend on your preferences, your available space and your budget.

What are pergolas?

Freestanding or attached to the home, open or sheltered, pergolas are among the most versatile of outdoor structures, available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and materials to suit every style of home.

More than just a place to sit and socialise outdoors, pergolas bring you closer to nature – especially when you make use of their sturdy support columns to grow climbing plants such as vines. In traditional pergolas, these plants provided a natural source of shade, but today’s pergolas nearly always feature permanent roofs made from durable materials, offering year-round protection from the elements.

what is the difference between a pergola and verandah

What are verandahs?

Unlike pergolas, verandahs are always attached to the home, whether at the front, the back, the side or all the way round. An iconic feature of Australian houses from the time of the Queenslander, verandahs are ideal places for spending some time in the fresh air without having to venture far from the house.

Verandahs do have some features in common with pergolas, such as both being covered structures. Verandah roofs are not always fixed however, and can be designed to retract if you like don’t always want to block out the sun.

difference between veranda and pergola

Which option is right for you?

Choosing between a pergola, verandah or other outdoor feature is a matter of personal taste as much as practicality. Some key questions to ask yourself are:

  • Do you need a space to entertain? – Pergolas are spacious enough to accommodate dining tables and chairs, whereas verandahs are typically long and narrow, and better suited to side-by-side seating.
  • How big is your garden? – You won’t enjoy the full benefits of a freestanding pergola if you only have a small garden, but verandahs have no such requirements. If your outdoor space is large enough, a pergola set away from the house can be a peaceful sanctuary to get away from it all.
  • Do you need sun protection? – Both options offer shelter from the sun on hot days, but a verandah installed along one or more sides of your home can lower temperatures inside the building and lessen your reliance on air conditioners and fans, saving you electricity and reducing your carbon footprint.
  • What’s your budget? – Verandahs and pergolas will both add value to your home, but the return on your investment depends on the quality of the construction and how well it suits your property. A wraparound verandah is a bigger investment, but it also makes the biggest impact when viewed from the street, and could raise your property’s value by over $20,000.

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Find out more about how a verandah or pergola could transform your home by speaking to our design and installation specialists. Call us on 1800 000 504 for your free quote and consultation.

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Why Is a Gazebo Called a Gazebo?

Gazebos have been a popular feature of gardens since as far back as Ancient Egypt and Rome, but while we may have a detailed understanding of their history, the origin of the word ‘gazebo’ itself is more mysterious.

Defining gazebos

Many people get confused about what exactly a gazebo is, especially in relation to other popular outdoor structures such as patios, pergolas and verandahs.

While gazebos can be as varied in size, shape and style as their owner’s tastes allow, they are usually easy to spot in gardens as freestanding structures with a shaded roof that offer attractive views over their surroundings. Indeed, it may be this association with views that earned the gazebo its name.

First recorded use

The word ‘gazebo’ can be traced back no earlier than 1752, when it seems to have been coined by architects William and John Halfpenny in their book New Designs for Chinese Temples.

Seeking an appropriate name for these small outbuildings often used as for looking out over the garden, they may have combined the English ‘gaze’ with the Latin ending ‘-ebo’ to mean ‘I will look.’ Alternatively, it could just be the authors’ misunderstanding of a word heard on their travels of the Orient.

Gazebos around the world

They might not always have been called gazebos, but these structures have been popular around the world for as long as history has been recorded – though for a long time they were exclusively for the wealthy.

The oldest archaeological discoveries of gazebos date back 5,000 years to Ancient Egypt, and this style of building seems to have developed independently all over the world – from Japanese tea houses to Roman summerhouses and ornate Persian gardens. The traditional Chinese gazebo gained popularity in Europe in the 18th century, and today gazebos are available in a wide variety of styles to suit every property.

why is a gazebo called a gazebo

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If you’re thinking about installing a gazebo to add elegance to your outdoor area, contact Install a Veranda on 1800 000 504 to get your free quote and consultation.

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