Let’s make this clear, if you need to wear a head torch to cook a barbecue in your Sydney verandah, or your under-the-verandah cricket game is often called off due to bad light, it’s time to lighten things up with a product that’s now better looking than ever.

The product, as you may well have guessed, is called polycarbonate, which is and always has been a fantastic roofing sheet for verandahs and other outdoor areas. It’s a great way of providing coverage from sun, rain, hail and snow while still allowing natural light in.

However, it’s fair to say that for some people, polycarbonate isn’t considered aesthetically pleasing. Partly this is due to a misconception that confused polycarbonate with another  roofing material that was common about 40 years or so ago that was made from fibreglass. It looked cheap, particularly after a year or two, and didn’t perform a lot better, often cracking and becoming brittle. It’s also true that polycarbonate that has a build-up of grime, dirt and other debris can also look a little average, even though this doesn’t affect its performance, so we’ll provide some tips in this blog to help you keep your polycarbonate roofing clean.

The other thing that’s worth mentioning is that if you don’t like the corrugated or other ridge profiles of standard polycarbonate roofing sheets, these days there are so many more possibilities. For example, take a look at the images on this page.

The larger image features a Sydney verandah that was installed with a product called Palram Multiwall Polycarbonate Pergola Roof. In the smaller image, also showing a verandah built in Sydney, the structure was covered with a Sunglaze Veranda Awning Roof.

Instead of corrugations or other profiles, these products have a flat look that mimics glass. Like other polycarbonate roofing, the Palram and Sunglaze systems are extremely strong, block out harmful UV rays, are lightweight and easy to install, and help to keep the inside of your Sydney verandah cool.

Tips to keep your Sydney verandah with polycarbonate roofing looking like new

  1. Clean your roofing with warm water and a little mild detergent. Apply with a soft sponge or soft brush, or on sections which you can’t reach, a long-handled brush.
  2. Never use harsh products, such as methylated spirits, benzene, petrol, acetone, abrasive cleaners or solvents to clean your roof, or you could end up damaging it.
  3. Always finish by rinsing down your roof with water from your hose.
  4. Repeat the process if necessary.
  5. Also, remember to never walk directly on polycarbonate roofing. It is tough but is not meant to support the weight of a person.

Contact our Lane Cove branch

Both of the verandahs pictured on this page, built using new-age polycarbonate products, were designed and built by Outside Concepts Lane Cove Branch. Phone Outside Concepts on 1800 601 674 to find out more about the benefits of using polycarbonate in your new outdoor structure.

Looking for a solution to your outdoor lifestyle? Call us now for a free quote on 1800 601 674.

You don’t need to put up with a dark Sydney verandah – the solution is clear.
You don’t need to put up with a dark Sydney verandah – the solution is clear.