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With so many different styles and materials, choosing your verandah design can sometimes be less straightforward than initially thought. One big decision revolves around roofing – will your verandah have a ceiling-like roof and if so, will it be insulated?

Covering your verandah immediately opens your outdoor space up for year-round living, allowing you to enjoy the space, even in the colder months. But an insulated roof takes this one step further, transforming your outdoor space into an extension of your interior living areas.

The main difference between insulated and non-insulated roofs is the level of protection. Non-insulated roofs generally consist of one sheet of material, whether that be steel, aluminium or wood, from which a fan or lights can be affixed.

On the other hand, an insulated verandah, such as the Stratco Cooldek, features at least two sheets of material, as well as a polystyrene core, which assists in controlling the temperature, cushioning noise and helping to maintain the integrity of the structure. It also offers the opportunity to have an outdoor ‘ceiling’, helping to maintain the look and feel of the rest of your home. As the experts in all things verandahs, we’ve dived into these advantages a little more – here are just four reasons to consider installing an insulated roof this year.

1. Keep cool during summer

Just like the insulation in the interior of your home, an insulated roof can help repel heat on those hot summer days, keeping your outdoor areas at a comfortable temperature all day long. It works to absorb the sun’s rays, while also protecting you from them! It’s not just the exterior of your home that it affects – roofs like the Stratco Cooldek also helps to keep the interior of your home cool, reducing your energy costs and your carbon footprint.

2. Stay warm in winter

An insulated roof doesn’t just keep you cool in the summer – it also works to maintain the heat in the winter. It captures any winter sun during the day and slowly releases it during the evening, ensuring that you can enjoy the space after dusk.

3. Cushion nature’s noise

As an extra layer between your outdoor space and the rest of the world, an insulated roof can minimise noise from heavy rain, wind, hail and thunderstorms, creating a more comfortable environment in your home.

4. Contemporary design

Roofs like the Stratco Cooldek are engineered to span 7.2 metres unsupported, reducing the number of beams and framework required. This means a less intrusive design and more space for quality time with your family and friends. A layered insulated roofing system also allows for concealed wiring for fans and light fittings, resulting in a clean-lined and seamless design.

As we come into the winter months, enjoying your outdoor space all year round is more important than ever. If you are interested in insulated roofing for your verandah, get in touch with the team at Innovative Verandahs – we’d be happy to help with any questions you may have.

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