Patio roofing materials under the microscope

September 13, 2016 | Colorbond metal roofing, curved roof, Insulated roof panels, Pergolas, Patios, Verandahs, Polycarbonate roofing | 1 comments | Author:

It’s Spring and the days are getting warmer, but as much of the southern and eastern parts of Australia can attest too in the past week, Spring can also deliver its share of rain. That’s why for those of us who love being outdoors, a patio roof is a must. So what is the best choice of roofing materials for your patio?

Choosing the best roofing materials for your patio

While there are several options, there are 3 main roofing materials you can choose for your patio roof:

  • Colorbond metal roofingis arguably the most popular roofing material, and for good reason. It’s strong, durable, resistant to corrosion and comes in a range of colour choices. Plus it’s about as Aussie as a meat pie or kangaroo!
  • Polycarbonate roofingis also popular. The key benefit of having polycarbonate roofing sheets on your patio roof is that it lets the light in while keeping UV rays out. There are a variety of profiles and shades to choose from.
  • Roofing tilesare a slightly more expensive option but look great, particularly if you also have tiles on your roof. You’re more likely to choose tiles for your patio roof if your house also has tiles, so you’ll want to match the colour and profile. If you’re house doesn’t have a tiled roof or you want a complimentary tile rather than a matching one, like Colorbond and polycarbonate roofing, there are plenty of different tiles to choose from.
  • There are other roofing materials you may consider. For example, there are insulated roof panels, which are generally Colorbond roofing sheets and a ceiling that sandwich a polystyrene core. These provide an attractive underside, but their main benefit is of course the insulation qualities they provide. Another option is the curved roof, which is generally made from polycarbonate. It provides the same benefits as using polycarbonate roofing sheets. It also provides more space inside your patio and, of course, looks a little different to other patio roofs you’re likely to see.

Still undecided on the best roofing materials for your patio roof? Give Outside Concepts a call and we’ll guide you through the options and help you decide on the best option for your individual needs.

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


  • Sue Bolous March 11, 2017 at 10:11 am |

    I would appreciate your advice re best material to use for flat patio roof. I’m considering insulated roofing panels but am concerned about their reliability and whether or not the polystyrene insulation will break down over time especially if a water leak develops. The roof also needs to be strong enough to bear weight of a person and a ladder when eaves and guttering of main part of house need to be accessed for cleaning and painting. The patio will be west facing and its roof needs to be extremely well insulated. It seems to me that Colorbond metal roofing would be best strength wise but what would be the best solution for insulating it? The ground floor patio will be attached to rear of house which is two storeys high. Insulation is a very important factor. Thank you Sue


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