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.
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:
- 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.
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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