How Long Does It Take A Perth Patio Builder To Complete Your Patio?

 One of the frequent questions Perth patio builders hear is “How long will it be when you complete my patio?”

The answer will surprise most Perth homeowners and landlords.

You see, once you accept the quote from your chosen Perth patio builder and pay the deposit, the patio builder will need to complete the patio design drawings and submit them to the relevant shire for approval.

Perth patio builder complete project time

Each WA shire council has a different approval period. Some are super quick to approve the Perth patio design for your home within one week, and others can take up to four weeks.

Being a government body – you cannot rush them. Each shire has their own way of processing the patio design applications. They will ensure that the design fits within your site building envelope and that the looks structurally sound.  Often they will be familiar with your chosen Perth patio builder and will know they produce solid designs.

After the plans have been approved, your local Perth patio builder will order the materials and make the triangular beams and other customised supports for patio roofing materials.

Usually, your patio builder will now request another progress payment to cover their material costs and labour so far.

Your Perth patio builder will then deliver with a truck all the completed beams, supports and patio roofing material including any colorbond steel and polycarbonate plastic sheets to your home or investment property.

Then just like meccano, your Perth patio builder will arrive with a small team (2-4 people) to assemble your new patio.

The assembly period varies, of course, depending on the size and complexity of your patio design. Usually it will take them one day for a very small patio, up to 5 days for a large, more complex one.

So to answer your initial question – it depends. However, your Perth patio builder will give you a close estimate. Usually from the time you pay the deposit, anytime between 3 weeks to 8 weeks.

If you would like to have the patio completed ready for an important birthday or other event, please take the time required into consideration.  Book your patio builder early.

P.S.  I hope you enjoyed our Perth patio articles this year.  Have a good start to the New Year.

Maximising Your Perth Patio Roofing Design

Whilst colorbond metal roof sheets are extremely durable and UV safe, their use can result in a patio area that is a little dark.

That’s why many Perth patio designs incorporate plastic sheeting (polycarbonate) to improve lighting and add style to the patio area.

Certainly for areas further south of Perth like Bunbury, Busselton, Albany, etc where the temperature can be a little cooler it’s a good idea to consider patio roofing to let in sun, warmth and natural light.

Whether your home is north or south of the river choosing the roofing materials for your new Perth patio is an important design decision.

And of course, you can use plastic sheeting entirely, i.e. with no colorbond metal sheets.

Outdoor patios Perth roofing sheeting

Popular sheeting products like Suntuf SolarSmart by Palram, and Laserlite 3000 by Bayer Material Science come in different colours with varying heat and light transmission properties.

TIP: Ask your Perth patio builder for what they recommend when they come out to give you a quote on your new Perth patio project.

You will need to choose:

  • The colour of the plastic roof sheeting
  • The pattern (greco or corrugated)
  • The transparency (usually darker to block more light and heat)

By using plastic sheeting in your Perth patio design, you will be able to let in more light in any area or corner that requires it.

For example, if you are planning a patio wider than 3 metres, it’s a good idea to add one row of plastic sheeting along the space closest to your house (eaves).

In other words, you can mix in plastic sheeting with colorbond sheets to gain a good compromise between UV protection, durability and light transmission.

Check out some of the Perth patio design photos on this website.

Choosing A Good Perth Outdoor Patio Builder

When it comes to choosing a good Perth Outdoor Patio Builder there are several important things you should consider.

For most home owners or property investors, price is an important factor. However, the last thing you want is an inexperienced Perth patio builder taking a long time to finish your outdoor patio, building it with cheap materials which could begin to corrode and rust after a year, and a leaking patio roof during the winter months.

A good Perth outdoor patio builder roof

Another important consideration is drainage. Again, an inexperienced patio builder may not include sufficient water handling gutters and downpipes causing damage to your house roof during heavy rains.

So what should you look for in a good Perth outdoor patio builder?

Here are some questions you could ask:

  • Can you show me photographs of some of your Perth patio designs?
  • How long has your patio company be operating for?
  • Can you give me a few names of past customers I could call?

Beside asking those questions you could also:

  • Visit their website to see some of the completed Perth patio designs and work.
  • Obtain their ABN, visit this Australian government website and search for their patio company to see when it was established in Perth.
  • Do an internet search for their company to find write-ups on social sites from past customers.

SUMMARY: When choosing a good Perth outdoor patio builder reputation and experience is very important. Sure, price is a big factor, but you’ll be happier knowing you got a good patio builder at a fair price, and that your new patio will last for a good many years.

Hmmm, Which Patio Roof Material Do I Choose?

With outdoor living spaces an essential part of Aussie culture and housing design, patios are hugely popular. And the variety of patio designs is vast.

For example, your choice of patio roofing impacts on the feel and function of your patio. You can choose metal sheeting like Colorbond steel, or one of the many polycarbonate plastic sheeting options.

Perth Patio Roofing Options

Opaque patio roofing, using ColorBond sheeting and other options, is ideal protection from the heat. With an opaque roof  your patio becomes a cool, shady retreat.  This is important in hot areas like Perth.

And in cooler areas (further south) – it’s a good idea to consider an amount of transparent patio roofing to let in sun and warmth and natural light.

With modern polycarbonate materials it’s possible to choose patio roofing with a mix of benefits. These plastic sheets are durable, reflective and come with a range of colours and qualities. You can select the amount of light and heat you’d like your roof to transmit or reflect.

In the Perth climate, for example, you might want your roof to let in plenty of light but not too much heat. Have a look at these two products, and you’ll see how this can be done:

  • Suntuf SolarSmart by Palram – comes corrugated or Greca (squared) in different colours with varying heat and light transmission properties.
  • Laserlite 3000 by Bayer Material Science – comes corrugated or Greca (squared) in different colours with varying heat and light transmission properties as well.

 Ask your patio builder to show you their roofing products and explain the differences between them.

Creative Designs With Laserlite Patio Roof Options

There are countless options when it comes to patio area and roof designs…

Perhaps you envisage a shady, leafy, cool retreat filled with green potted plants. Or perhaps you’d love a sunny, warm alcove that lets in lots of light. Whatever you have in mind you’ll need to choose the appropriate patio roofing material to achieve your outdoor vision.

With solid roof materials like Colorbond steel you block out 100% of the light. However, by adding polycarbonate plastic sheets, you can allow variable amounts of light and heat to get through – depending on your needs.

One such polycarbonate option is Laserlite by Bayer Australia.  Laserlite offers warranties of 15 years plus, so you can be sure your patio roof is going to keep out the weather for years to come!

Outdoor patio roof laserlite diagram

Here’s a summary of the basic types of the Laserlite patio roofing product:

 • Laserlite 1000 is a general purpose sheeting that gives 99.9% UV protection. It comes in corrugated (Trimdek and Greca), and ribbed (Roma) profiles, in lengths from 1.8m to 9m. The clear sheeting lets in maximum light and warmth. Four coloured translucent options are also available with varying reflective and light-transmitting properties.

 • Laserlite 2000 is a high performing sheeting with a similar choice of profiles, lengths, clear and translucent options.

 • Laserlite 3000 sheeting offers heat reflective technology with up to 50% better performance that the standard sheeting. It comes in three translucent styles with corrugated or Greca profiles and lengths between 1.8m and 9m.

 You can check out Laserlite Australia online for more information.

Perth Outdoor Patios: An Escape with Hidden Value

There is no doubt that “getting outdoors” allows you to unwind and relax, especially after a long work day! Not only can you escape the realities of everyday responsibilities and chores, you can enjoy some of “me” time all with the help of a Perth outdoor patio.

And the warmer weather in Perth lends to an outdoor lifestyle.

Besides the benefit of having an area for personal or social time, a outdoor patio will of course add value to your Perth home (providing it is of good quality and design).

Relaxing in an outdoor Perth patio

From a financial point-of-view, an outdoor Perth patio provides a pleasant living area that does not require any heating or air conditioning (besides say a fan or a gas heater in winter). A patio can be easily maintained all year long.

Some practical tips for choosing a Perth patio design include:
– Making the structure proportional to your home and front or backyard
– Ensure it provides a flow that connects the rest of your home in a cohesive manner
– Choosing a colour scheme and patio roof style that goes well with your existing house design and character

By adding little “extras” such as patio furniture, appropriate flooring or seasonal enclosures, you can create a custom space that is comfortable and provides additional value to your Perth home.

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Find A Good Patios Perth Installer

When looking for a good patio installer you want a company with proven experience, happy past customers and that the company uses Australian materials as much as possible.

Also too, your patios Perth installer should know your local council approval process very well so that your new patio design gets approved quickly and without fuss.

If you’re looking at a new patio project, you can find out what dollars you need to set aside with a FREE patio estimate or quote:

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