If you are looking to improve your home, adding a verandah is one option. The roof you choose for the verandah can add to the aesthetic as well as the functional appeal. In fact, these features could improve the value of your home if you intend to sell. Construction of the verandah floors mainly consists of either a concrete, tiled or wooden option. However, there are mainly two options when it comes to roofing. These are steel and polycarbonate. Knowing more about these roofing options and how to go about the selection can help you make the right decision.
Verandah Roof Design
The best roofing design option to consider is always the one that complements the roof of the main house. This means that the colour should match so that you do not give an appearance of the verandah being an afterthought. However, you can also decide to be adventurous and choose from a wide range of design options such as hips and gables or a flat design. An architect or designer can help advise further on the type of roof to choose for the verandah.
Steel and polycarbonate are the most commonly used materials when it comes to roofing the verandah. If you want to match the colour of your existing roof with that of the one for the verandah, steel provides the easiest way to do this. It is easier to paint over the steel in the same colour scheme than painting the polycarbonate material. The installation process of steel is simple, and it offers durable service since it does not rot. Because it is reflective, steel makes for cooler verandahs. The polycarbonate roofs, on the other hand, allow light to permeate to the verandah while filtering out harmful UV rays. However, you should be prepared to deal with the fact that polycarbonate will not match with the colour scheme of your house perfectly. However, since it is meant to be translucent, you should not try to paint it over but just leave it as it is.
After building the verandah and its roof, you have to redo the guttering. This is done while ensuring that the guttering for the main house and the verandah are still kept separate. Having one gutter system serving the expanded roof can overwhelm the gutters. The increased surface area can cause water to overshoot the gutters and land haphazardly on the ground. The risk of leaking to the walls and the roof is also increased. Therefore, strengthen the existing gutters on the main house to incorporate the changes made by adding the verandah roof and install new gutters for the verandah.
For more information, you may want to contact local contractors that install verandahs.