- HOW TO DESIGN THE RIGHT OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM
- OUTDOOR SPACE IDEAS
- INDOOR / OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES
- HOW DO YOU COVER A LARGE OUTDOOR AREA?
- WHAT ARE THE ROOFING OPTIONS?
- BEST OUTDOOR SPACE ROOFING PRODUCTS
- CUSTOM GLAZE
- SUNTUF BEEHIVE
- OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE ADDS VALUE
Covered outdoor living spaces are number one on most people’s home improvements list.
A beautifully designed outdoor living space offers a great all-weather place to entertain friends and family or to chill out with some well-deserved ‘me time’.
And when it’s done well, an outdoor living room, patio or covered garden will enhance your home’s resale value.
A covered outdoor living space makes a living connection between the outdoors natural world and your indoor living spaces.
Using a high quality translucent polycarbonate roof you’ll still be able to enjoy the natural sunlight but be protected from the harshest damaging UV rays and the intense summer heat.
Your covered outdoor space will be great for creating a sheltered poolside garden with lots of greenery or perhaps your long-dreamed-of outdoor cinema.
Or it could be the ideal roof over your fire pit, outdoor kitchen, barbeque or pizzeria but the critical element of any covered area is always the roofing material.
That’s where polycarbonate roofing wins every time.
Whatever your dream, we offer an enormous range of translucent polycarbonate roofing sheets in various profiles, textures and colours to help you make your outdoor living space a truly special sanctuary.
HOW TO DESIGN THE RIGHT OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM
It pays to decide what the primary purpose of your outdoor living space is. Is it a garden and chill out space? Is it an entertainment area? Is it an extension of the kitchen and dining room?
Getting this right will avoid creating a space that incorporates too many compromises and doesn’t really work for any of your purposes.
This is especially true if you only have a small space such as a balcony to work with.
Choose the right roofing material for your purpose.
If you want to be able to enjoy sitting by an outdoor fireplace or fire pit and gazing up at the stars on those clear nights you’ll want a different roofing product than for an area where you intend it to be mostly used on hot sunny days and relief from the sun is crucial.
If your area is for an outdoor garden you might want to choose a roof cladding that allows in more or less light depending on the type of plants.
You might also be using your outdoor living area to help reduce the direct sunlight into an excessively hot sunny room in the house.
OUTDOOR SPACE IDEAS
Outdoor living spaces are an extension of your home. You can think of it as an outdoor kitchen, outdoor living, outdoor dining or a contemporary patio.
It might be a covered pergola or perhaps you’ll want a fire pit, wood fired pizza oven, or outdoor bar surrounded by comfortable seating to be the focal point.
Perhaps you want to focus on natural elements such as an herb garden or potted plants.
In any case it’s about design ideas that embrace fresh air and landscape design to create a cosy space.
INDOOR / OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES
Creating indoor/ outdoor living spaces can add significantly to the year-round usable space in your home.
- Small areas—no area is too small to add value with a spectacular covered outdoor space
- On a budget—we have polycarbonate solutions for all budgets and requirements
- With a fireplace—what a spectacular focal point for your outdoor entertaining
- Outdoor Furniture—built-in seating, outdoor rugs, contemporary outdoor furniture
- Outdoor Dining Space—enjoy an exquisite outdoor dining space whatever the weather
- Outdoor Kitchen—cooking for guests and still part of the outside action
French doors, a stone fireplace, perhaps a water feature and some climbing plants for greenery — with translucent polycarbonate roofing you can transform your outdoor spaces into a true extension of your home.
Add some string lights, a love seat, an outdoor bar or outdoor furnishings and a coffee table; it’s a space to give free rein to your outdoor design ideas.
HOW DO YOU COVER A LARGE OUTDOOR AREA?
Our range of superior translucent polycarbonate sheets makes covering large outdoor areas a breeze.
Potential cover widths of 1050 mm, sheet lengths up to 13,400 mm, and various wide span options means you can incorporate a variety of steel, concrete or timber framing and roof structure options.
Gable, hip roof or a standard lean-to structure or even a completely stand-alone outdoor roofed area are all popular possibilities.
Maybe you want to play with a curved roof line or really let your creative vision go free.
The flexibility and strength of polycarbonate sheeting unleashes a whole new world of outdoor living space design.
WHAT ARE THE ROOFING OPTIONS?
Translucent polycarbonate sheets are ideal for outdoor living spaces. They can be used for walls as well as roofing.
Their extraordinary strength enables them to deal with harsh sunlight as well as hail, snow and gale force winds with ease.
We stock various options from the three most popular and highly regarded Australian manufacturers: Laserlite, Ampelite and Palram.
Laserlight offers two standard and very cost effective product styles: Laserlight 2000 and Laserlight 3000. Light transmission ranges from 19% to 93% depending on the chosen colour.
Heat reduction can be as much as 69%. Laserlight 3000 is designed for maximum thermal comfort.
Profiles include corrugated, Roma, Greca & 5 Rib.
Ampelite twin wall, multiwall, and multirib polycarbonate roof sheets block up to 99.9% of U.V radiation and deliver exceptional heat reduction and high wind performance. They’re rated for Bushfire zones up to BAL.
19 and offer superb structural strength. The smooth profile provides an elegant sophisticated look for any outdoor structure.
- Thicknesses—10mm through to 42mm
- Lengths—2.0m, 2.5m, 3.0m, through to 13.4m
- Widths—700mm and 1050mm
Sunlite twin wall and Sunpal multiwall sheets deliver outstanding thermal insulation combined with high strength and stunning appearance for all outdoor living space applications.
Thicknesses from 8 mm to 20 mm and a range of colours as well as the ability to use in curved applications makes these products a highly popular choice for any outdoor living space.
BEST OUTDOOR SPACE ROOFING PRODUCTS
We’re proud to offer the latest high-end products from Laserlite and Palram. These products are ideal for the sophisticated appearance that really adds value without costing a fortune.
Custom Glaze is a high end, premium quality Laserlite product. It’s polycarbonate but looks just like glass.
It’s designed to be used on structures with rafters at 610mm centres. This allows the rib to be concealed from below while all you see is a smooth 530mm wide flat glass-like pan.
Custom Glaze delivers 99.9% UV protection that will last for many years. It’s guaranteed not to lose more than 11% light transmission in 15 years.
It’s 2mm thick and comes in standard lengths of 3, 4, 5, and 6m.
Colour options, clear, diffused opal, and grey, allow for greater variety and a choice of a warmer or cooler environment.
A complete range of fittings and flashings is available and you’ll love the 10 year warranty on Custom Glaze products.
Sunglaze is an exciting Palram product. It looks just like glass but boasts all the qualities of super tough polycarbonate sheeting and its wide span and high loading capacity make it ideal for the most challenging architectural visions.
It features a standing seam profile that suits flat or curved applications. Panels are fixed to the structure through an aluminium profile.
It's a clever way to avoid penetrations through the panels themselves. This makes for an incredibly rapid and waterproof assembly.
- Panel thickness: 3 or 4mm
- Panel width: 600 mm or 800 mm
- Panel length: up to 9m
A range of exciting colours including Bluish breeze and Smart green help to reduce the hot infrared light for effective temperature control whilst creating an atmosphere that compliments your new outdoor space.
Suntuf Beehive is another high-end quality Palram product.
It’s a corrugated embossed polycarbonate sheet that produces a delightful diffused light effect for reduced glare.
The honeycomb effect allows up to 70% light transmission whilst reducing heat and UV transmission and provides an elegant appearance.
At 2.8mm thick Suntuf is super strong with superior hail, high wind and impact resistance.
It’s ideal for all outdoor living applications including:
- Pergolas and gazebos
- Patio enclosures
- Sundecks and verandas
- Covered walkways
- Canopies and overhangs
OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE ADDS VALUE
Whether you’re building a little pergola or a covered walkway or you’re creating a whole new roof for your swimming pool or outdoor dining area; covered outdoor living spaces add real value to your home.
Of course they add financial value. But even more precious are those beautiful cherished memories and shared fun times in the outdoors safe from the worst nature can throw at you.
Talk to the friendly experts at No.1 Roofing and Building Supplies about how we can help transform your outdoor area into a priceless covered space for living life to the full.