All Decked Out is one of the best verandah builders in Melbourne. We will design and build a verandah to your custom requirements. Pergolas are often also called verandahs. However, the main difference between the two is that a verandah is always attached to a house. In contrast, a pergola can be a stand alone building. Verandahs are particularly good at shading a home during Melbourne's hot summers.
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At the heart of any verandah is a desire to enhance a home and provide an outdoor living space. All verandahs have a roof.
As we are specialised verandah builders we can build whatever style of verandah you desire!
This is especially important, as most verandahs need be customised and built to suit the location and purpose they are going to be built for.
The role of the verandah has evolved over the years. It is no longer a place that provides but an entertaining and outdoor living space that becomes the heart of the home during the summer months.
To make sure you get the most out of your verandah, consider the following when selecting the verandah that best suits your needs:
Most verandahs are designed to provide an outdoor living space or alfresco kitchen where people can enjoy the outdoors as an extension of their living space, whilst having some protection from the weather elements. This requires a balance of openness and protection in the design of the verandah.
Having open sides on your verandah allows natural air flow and cooling. However, wind, rain and cool weather can reduce your enjoyment of the space.
For this reason you may decide to have protective walls in your verandah. This is especially important if you are using the area as an alfresco kitchen.
It will mean that you will be able to use your outdoor space even when Melbourne weather is not at it's best!
Verandah Roof Design
Verandahs always have a roof. Different designs can be integrated into the lattice and frame of your verandah to make it visually appealing. Common styling for verandah roofs include flat, curved, gable and cantilevered
Verandah Roof Sheets
Roof sheets on verandahs provide improved protection against the sun in summer and the rain in winter. Colorbond roofing is a popular choice for verandahs, Colorbond comes in a variety of colours and corrugation styles so can be matched to most styles of homes to provide a long lasting roof.
A current popular trend for verandah roofing is Laserlite. This is a hard transparent plastic which comes in a range of tints. The range of tints is from clear to gun metal. Made in corrugation sheets, it provides protection against sun glare, rain and falling leaves. This is all done without blocking out the direct sun.
As roofing is always used for a verandah, thought needs to be given to where the water will go when it rains. Gutters and down pipes need to be incorporated for storm water.
Sometimes you can connect to an existing system, but this depends on the roof heights.
Other options for your vernandah include collecting water to fill a swimming pool or getting a rain water tank to water gardens and lawns from.
Verandahs can be constructed from almost any material. Timber options include all the varieties of hardwood used for decking, but also extend to softwoods like radiata pine or oregon.
Most verandahs have a painted finish for colour selection and ease of maintenance. Timber verandahs can be varnished with or without a stain when the grain of the wood is to be left visible.
All Decked Out will design and build your verandah to meet your specific requirements.