What Are the Different Materials for Patio Roofs?

Patio Roofs

Patio roof material comes in all different shapes and sizes. As the weather starts to heat up in NSW and family and friends begin to gather for classic Australian pastimes, such as summer barbecues and spirited games of backyard cricket, it’s important to make sure that your outdoor space is protected by the material that best suits your lifestyle and home.

Maybe you have a flat roof that is exposed to direct sunlight and need a material that is resistant to UV damage, or perhaps you spend a lot of time outdoors and want insulated roofing that keeps your space shady and yourself comfortable. Either way, understanding the different materials that are out there is a great first step to finding your perfect patio roof!

What Are the Different Types of Patio Roofing Materials? 

Not all patio roofing materials are created equal; some are better and stronger than others. Here is a list of some of the common patio roofing options in Australia:

Polycarbonate Roofing

Polycarbonate roofing is known for being strong and lightweight, with an ability to withstand extremely low or high temperatures. It is usually transparent in appearance, which allows natural light to pass through, giving your space a light and open feel.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is primarily made from aluminium. Like polycarbonate roofing, this material is relatively strong and durable. However, it can require more maintenance than other types of roofing materials, as it is not as resistant to harsh weather conditions.

Vinyl Roofing

While the name may harken back to the time of spandex and denim-on-denim, vinyl patio covers are still used in Australia today. Vinyl roofing offers a cheap way to protect your outdoor area from rain and heat. Although, like aluminium, it is not as durable as other materials and can fade or deteriorate over time.

Wood Roofing

A wood patio cover is an option for those looking for ornate detailing and natural textures. While wood can create a stylistically warm and inviting outdoor space, it can also require heavy maintenance and is not as good at protecting your area from events such as rain.

Colorbond Steel Roofing

Colorbond is another lightweight and durable roofing choice. It is corrosion and heat resistant, making it longer-lasting than other materials and highly adaptable to the Australian climate. Colorbond is also available in a variety of colours, which allows homeowners to be creative and find the style that best suits their house.

What Is the Best Material to Use For a Patio Roof?

There is no single best option for everyone. The patio roofing material you choose will depend on a range of factors, such as the style of your home, where you live, and your lifestyle.

When these factors are taken into consideration, Colorbond emerges as the leading material of choice among Australian homeowners. Nearly half of all new homes in Australia use Colorbond materials, with 80% of houses featuring Colorbond in their gutters and fascias.

At VERGOLA®, we are proud to use Australian-made BlueScope Colorbond in our roofing systems. So, what makes our VERGOLA® Colorbond roofing so great?

Why You Should Consider a VERGOLA® Roof For Your Patio 

99.9% Weatherproof

Our VERGOLA® roofing systems use Colorbond materials to create a sleek and modern design that is lightweight, low maintenance and sturdier in construction than other roofing materials, such as aluminium and canvas covers.

Our patio roofs can withstand harsh weather conditions, including heavy rain and winds of tropical cyclone strength, making them the perfect choice for Australia’s – and particularly NSW’s – unpredictable weather events.

Energy Efficient

A VERGOLA® roof’s adjustable opening louvres are also cost and energy efficient, and suitable for any lifestyle. They provide thermal protection by controlling the amount of direct sunlight you are exposed to, keeping you warmer in winter and cooler in summer, which allows you to entertain all year round – and reduce your energy bills in the process!

Custom Design

Our original designs are also customisable to your individual needs. VERGOLA’s® outside patio roofs come in many styles and magical colours, including Classic Cream and Woodland Grey.

Our award-winning roofing systems offer a uniquely functional and versatile addition to your home, creating comfortable and adaptable outdoor spaces for you to enjoy, no matter the season, weather, or occasion.