A GUIDE TO DESIGNING VERANDAH ROOFING - The humble verandah is on a fast track back into popularity amongst many homeowners, especially as they offer the home many benefits including an added entertaining area and protection for your windows.
When it comes to designing your structure, however, it is important that you ensure it blends seamlessly with your property. Use this guide to help you design your verandah roofing in a way that makes your structure appear as if it was always there.
Traditional: A more traditional home will call for more traditional verandah roofing. To achieve this, your design should combine slender columns and decorative panels that run along the lower edge of the roof, much like the decorative grills you see in traditional gates.
Contemporary: Any home can benefit from some contemporary design touches. In the case of your verandah, you should be taking a minimalist approach. The design can do without the decorative elements of the above style and should instead make use of clear panels and clean lines.
Lean-to: This is the name given to a verandah roofing design that involves the entire structure being built onto an existing wall of the home, with only posts at the front to hold it up (it literally leans on the house). The roof should be parallel to that of the existing building.
Hipper Lean-to: This is similar to the above design, except that the term hipped refers to a particular style of roofing, which is also known as a pavilion. In this design, the verandah leans against an existing wall of the home, but the roofing is more complex and resembles a canopy.
Gabled: In many respects, this verandah roofing design is the one that most resembles a regular one that you would see on any house. It features a pitch in the middle with flatter portions on either side. Whilst it may follow the same edge as the building’s existing roof, it isn’t a lean-to.
There are, of course, a number of other designs that you could choose to incorporate on your property; the five verandahs roofing styles outlined above, however, tend to be the most popular chosen by homeowners today, as well as being the designs that most blend in with our properties. To help you determine which design will best suit the décor of your home, you should contact a verandah specialist or a reputable builder for additional advice.