While the Bureau of Meteorology isn’t ready to make a call on El Niño just yet, it is predicting the coming summer is likely to feature more heatwaves and extreme heat events. Not such good news if you’re planning to spend time outdoors relaxing and entertaining. Unless you have an insulated pergola for your Sydney home!

Insulated roofs an innovative solution

In case you haven’t heard of insulated roofs before, they are panels that are placed on top of pergolas to provide protection from the heat in summer and the cold in winter. Of course, they’re not just for pergolas. They can be installed on all outdoor structures, including pergolas, patios, verandahs and carports.

While there are several products on the market, most insulated roofs feature three materials in one.

At the top, exposed to the elements, is a metal roofing sheet that’s available in a range of profiles and colours to suit your taste and your home. Next is an insulation material that is extremely thermally efficient. Underneath that is a ceiling that gives the structure a stylish finish. Like the metal roofing sheet, there are often different profiles you can choose.

While the two main benefits of insulated roofs are their insulation factor and style, they’re also strong enough to span significant lengths without support. In addition, they’re easy to install and can generally have electrical cabling installed, so you can still have features such as lights, fans and heaters.

Why stop at the roof for your Sydney pergola?

With the benefits of the insulated roof, you might ask, “Why stop there”? And you’d be right.

Insulated panels can also be used in walls to make your Sydney pergola even cooler. One manufacturer says that as well as pergolas and other outdoor structures, the insulated walls can be used for offices, homes, commercial buildings and even cold rooms. That’s really cool!

Insulated roofs in action

An example of a structure that features insulated panels includes this stunning pool pergola, built by Outside Concepts Lane Cove branch. The customised pergola features a timber design, decorative front columns, timber clad internal walls and, of course, insulated panels to keep the structure cooler in summer.

One of the features of the insulated panels is that unless you know about it, you probably wouldn’t notice. All you’d notice is how good the structure looks. While you mightn’t see the insulated panels, however, you will feel the difference. There are claims that insulated panels can drop the temperature inside an outdoor structure by as much as 10 to 15 degrees on a hot, sunny day.

Want to know more about insulated roofs and panels?

Outside Concepts’ Lane Cove branch may have Lane Cove in the name but they service a larger area. This includes much of the northern suburbs of Sydney, some inner west suburbs and the north west suburbs of Baulkham Hills and the surrounding Hills District.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the advantages of insulated roofs and getting a quote for a pergola or other outdoor structure in your area, Oliver is the person to speak to. The Lane Cove branch manager has over 25 years of experience in the building industry and after an initial discussion, he can provide a no obligation discussion, design and quote for your project.

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

Beat the summer heat in Sydney with a pergola featuring an insulated roof.
Beat the summer heat in Sydney with a pergola featuring an insulated roof.