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Hi! My name is Gary and this is my home and garden improvement blog. My passion for working on my home and garden began when I bought my first house. It was a run down little place in the suburbs of Sydney. Even though the place was in a bit of a state, it was in a fantastic location. I spent many hours reading up on DIY and gardening tips before setting about improving the place. It was a lot of hard work but it was also a lot of fun. I learnt a lot during that time so I decided to start this blog.



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Choosing the Right Patio Roofing Material

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The type of roofing material you choose for your patio area will depend on your lifestyle and the roof design. Let's have a look at some of the materials available to help you make an informed decision when selecting a patio roof to meet your individual needs.

Steel Sheeting

A traditional choice for a patio roof, steel sheeting is still a popular choice. Valued for it's longevity, minimal maintenance, as well as pest, corrosion and fire resistance, steel sheeting offers many benefits to the home owner. It is a flexible material that can be readily adapted to suit the shape of your patio roof, and as it has exceptional spanning capabilities, you won't need to install extra rafters or posts. It is also available in a wide range of colours, and the corrugation can also be customised to suit your design preferences.

If you are concerned about excessive heat or noise, consider installing insulated steel sheeting. With a layer of polystyrene insulation permanently bonded between two layers of coloured steel sheeting, the comfort of your patio will be drastically increased, particularly on those scorching January afternoons. Insulation is available in a variety of thicknesses, and you can also choose from several different finishes to the underside of your patio roof, allowing you to customise the interior colour and texture.

Polycarbonate Sheeting

If you prefer a transparent patio roof that is durable and available in a variety of colours, thicknesses and opacity, polycarbonate sheeting may be your best option. The ability to select the transparency and reflective qualities of your roofing material allows you to take full advantage of natural warmth and light if your patio is in a dark or cooler location. In this way, you will be protected from rain and the UV effects of the sun while heating and lighting your area in an energy efficient manner.

Discuss the range of polycarbonate sheeting available with your local patio builder (like those at Lifestyle Patios and other locations), as they have the experience to help you select the right colour and transparency for your needs.

Shade Sail

If you're looking for a cost-effective, flexible patio roof that can be easily removed, consider installing a shade sail. Available in a wide range of colours, sizes, shapes and thicknesses, you can choose a sail perfect for your patio area. A shade sail made from non-permeable fabric will protect you from UV rays and rain while allowing good air flow and adding value to your home for minimal hassle.

If you're concerned that the shade sail will sag or fray over time, ensure that you purchase the highest quality material available with quality stitching, mounted on solid posts for the best longevity.


Depending on the supplier and the material you select for your patio roof, you can choose from a range of colours to suit your style and tastes. If you want to create a seamless appearance between your home and patio, opt for a colour that matches your existing roof, gutter or brick wall colour.

To prevent colour fading over time, consider purchasing a lighter colour for your patio roof as it will fade less and will not be as noticeable as a darker shade. Speak to your local patio builder for more details about colour availability in your chosen roofing material.

For more information and assistance selecting a roofing material for your patio area, speak to your local professional patio builder for guidance and a competitive quote today.