Having a patio roof on your home can be a thing of beauty, as well as utility.
A patio roof not only provides shelter, but allows you the use of your outside space all through the year and in any type of weather.
Because your patio is covered with a roof, you can sit out in the cold or rain, or during summer with the hot sun scorching on top, while still enjoy the refreshing breeze.
Whatever the outside weather may be, even if chilly winds are blowing, you have a chance to sit on your patio, relax and enjoy your time out in the open.
People use their patios to throw parties, barbecues and pot luck lunches. If this is going to be the place where you will entertain guests, you will want your patio roof to look elegant and attractive (you probably want to do this for your own enjoyment as well!).
And you should also make sure your patio roof blends in well with the rest of your exterior finishes. Your patio roof also needs to be strong and durable, with the ability to withstand the onslaught of weather.
Roofing materials for patios
One of the most used roofing materials for patio roofs is aluminum.
Aluminum roofing sheets are lightweight and molded into corrugated panels which provide easy overlapping with other sheets to offer a waterproof covering for your patio roof.
Aluminum sheets in their natural texture are very bright and shiny. You can also choose these sheets in different colors and shades, too. You can build a patio roof from aluminum roofing sheets that is either a standard or non-standard size.
Polycarbonate roofing sheets for patios
The second variety of roofing material used for patio roofs in homes is polycarbonate roofing sheets. These sheets offer some of the best and most unique features.
First of all, the polycarbonate sheets are translucent and thus allow for some sunlight to stream through into the covered patio area. This lights up the space while at the same time not allowing direct sunlight to scorch the patio and the people below.
Second, using polycarbonate sheets gives a bright and open feeling, rather than a closed in feeling, to your covered patio.
These sheets are also available in different shades and with different printed designs, so you have many options when it comes to the decor of your patio roof.
There are, of course, other patio roofing materials that you can choose from as well.
A little time taken to look at the various designs, models, and styles of patio roofing options available will go a long way in helping you to make the place look attractive and determining the best patio roof for your specific needs.
Custom built patio roofs
If you are having a contractor build a custom patio roof for you, they should be able to guide you through the process and give you catalogs with ideas, photos and product information which you can go through to help you make some decisions.
Installing a patio roof can offer you the opportunity to get more extended use out of your patio space, despite the weather.
By choosing your patio roof design and materials carefully and ensuring that they blend in well with your home’s exterior decor, you will be enjoying your patio for many years after.