If you’re considering building a new patio for your Melbourne home, in an area that’s dark, how can you ensure you let as much natural light in as possible? As we’ll explain in this blog, the solution is literally clear.

Polycarbonate is the answer

Take a look at the Melbourne patio featured on this page, built by our North Western & Western Melbourne Branch. With surrounding structures and large trees, the interior of the patio would have been reasonably dark if a solid roofing material was used throughout. So, instead, polycarbonate and Colorbond were combined to allow more natural light to shine   through.

The new Melbourne patio features a few more clever design tricks:

  • A timber structure was used to match the adjoining home.
  • A gable roof was chosen to complement the architectural style of the house.
  • The position of the patio was carefully chosen to allow improved air circulation. This helps ensure smoke from the barbecue can escape.
  • The Melbourne patio was in full compliance with council boundary setback rules.
  • As well as polycarbonate sheeting used in the roof, polycarbonate twinwall sheeting was added to the gable ends, for aesthetics and to increase natural light.

The evolution of polycarbonate for patios and other outdoor structures

Using clear roofing material for patios and other outdoor structures isn’t a new idea. However, some of the first clear roofing products weren’t particularly good. They tended to break, split and tear quite easily.

Polycarbonate was initially used from the 1950s for industrial applications due to its durability and transparency. It gained popularity in residential construction, in patio roofing for example, by the 1970s.

The thermoplastic material, known for its impact resistance, lightness, and UV protection, offered an alternative to traditional patio roofing. Its versatility in various forms, from corrugated sheets to multi-wall panels, transformed outdoor living spaces.

With advancements in manufacturing techniques, polycarbonate has evolved to meet diverse design needs. It provides both aesthetic appeal and functional benefits and is a reliable choice as a patio roofing material.

So if you’re building a new patio for your Melbourne home or replacing your existing roof, consider polycarbonate roofing. Its benefits are clear!

The choice of Melbourne patio builder is also clear

While polycarbonate is a good choice in low-light areas, Outside Concepts is a winner in all conditions!

If you live in the north western or western areas of Melbourne, your local branch manager is Kose. Discover the transformative touch of Kose and his adept team as they craft a bespoke patio tailored for relaxation and entertainment. Elevate your home’s value by potentially tens of thousands of dollars with an exquisite patio addition.

For a complimentary consultation, design and detailed quote, phone Outside Concepts on 1800 601 674. Or you can conveniently submit a form on Kose’s website page.

Concept to clean up. Call Outside Concepts for a free quote on 1800 601 674.

Polycarbonate roofing, whether used on its own or in combination with other roofing, is a great choice for your new Melbourne patio. It can even be used in a curved roof.
Polycarbonate roofing, whether used on its own or in combination with other roofing, is a great choice for your new Melbourne patio. It can even be used in a curved roof.