To roof or not to roof, that is the question. Or to put it another way, ‘I’m considering adding a roof over an existing deck, but should I’?

If you’re like most people, if you were building a new patio, pergola or verandah in winter you would make sure the structure had a roof included. Or if you were asked in winter whether you should be adding a roof over an existing deck, you’d probably answer yes. After all, what good is an outside area for relaxation and entertaining if you can only use it when it’s dry? But if you were building an outdoor structure at another time of the year, the answer may not be as straightforward.

Of course the best decision is to build a patio, pergola or verandah for all seasons. For most parts of our country this means adding a roof over an existing deck to keep the rain and hot sun out of your outside structure is a must… Or does it?

The decision is very much an individual choice. For example, f you live in the southern states and don’t venture outside during winter, the cold and rain is less of a factor. Likewise, if you have another area you can use in the event of rain, a roof is less important. So, it’s vital to consider carefully how and when you will use the new structure well before you begin.

Here are some other things to consider when thinking about adding a roof over an existing deck or a new outdoor structure:

  • You can have both. A partly roofed, partly open structure can provide the best of both worlds. Alternatively, you might like to consider growing a climbing plant over a pergola, which will provide some protection from rain and sun.
  • If you like the sun but are not such a fan of the rain, polycarbonate roofing may be a great choice. These roofing sheets come in a variety of shades and ridge profiles. They provide protection from UV rays but, with less shading, let in lots of sunlight.
  • Also consider the style of your house. A pergola, patio or verandah that perfectly matches the style of your house will always be a great investment for you and any future owners of your home.

Outside Concepts can help you with all aspects of a new pergola, patio or verandah. We’ll help with all the important decisions and take care of the paperwork, including council plans. What’s more, with our free onsite design and quote service, you’ll usually know the cost of the project straight away.

So what are you waiting for? Phone 1800 601 674 to organise an Outside Concepts specialist to visit you.

Find out about Outside Concepts’ 10-year structural warranty. Call us on 1800 601 674.

Adding a roof over an existing deck or building a new pergola with a roof is not as simple a question as you might think.