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.

Great Looking Perth Patio Floor Options

Perth outdoor patio flooring

Not too many Perth home owners would allow a new patio area with an unfinished floor. Here are some patio floor materials to consider:

Tiles: Wooden deck tiles are easy to install with a snap- and click-together system. They usually come pre-finished but need oiling once or twice a year.

Tiles also come in granite, slate and stone.

Bathroom-style tiles make a deliciously cool Perth patio floor to walk on in a the hot summer, though beware of the potential slip hazard.

Concrete: Immensely durable, concrete flooring can be coloured, stamped, stained, stenciled and more. Attractive aggregates can be set into the slab such as pebbles and shells. The finish can be absolutely smooth or with a grip for safety.

Pavers: Pavers come in diverse materials such as concrete, sandstone and slate. They come in many shapes and sizes. They are easy to fit to the shape of your patio floor, and can be added onto at a later date. Maintenance is minimal and if a paver is damaged it can be spot-replaced.

Brick: Like pavers, bricks can be fitted to any shape and are tremendously durable.

Timber: Timber decking is a great option for the raised Perth outdoor patio. It can fit any house design and looks attractively natural. It requires more maintenance than pavers, tiles or concrete because it needs sealing.

Marble: A marble patio floor is the ultimate luxury. Cool, smooth, exquisite, durable.

When it comes to deciding upon which of the above Perth patio floor materials you ultimately choose, you will need to first consider a number of factors including:

  • Practical – if your Perth patio area is elevated then usually certain material types would be preferable e.g. timber.
  • Safety – Non slip is an important factor, especially in winter or around pool or spa areas.
  • Maintenance – Some Perth patio flooring options have higher maintenance costs than others.
  • Price – There can be a large difference in cost between the various Perth patio materials and cost of laying the floor. Go ahead and get a number of quotes from the many Perth flooring merchants and tradespeople.

There is the initial cost of laying the patio floor for your Perth home or investment property, but your investment will last for many years, especially with a little cleaning maintenance. A suitable patio floor will certainly enhance the use and look of your Perth patio area.

Perth Patio Roof Options

Various Perth Patio Roof Designs

FLAT ROOF – Just like the name implies, a flat roof is the same height all the way across. Flat roof patios are less popular now with roof designs like gable more in vogue.

Flat roof patios have less overhead space than other patio roof designs and can give that closed-in, claustrophobic feel.

However, this style of patio roof is perfectly fine for carports, or storage areas or for creating ‘extended eaves’ to give further protection from the sun and rain.

Other advantages to this patio roof style is that it is simpler to construct and install, and cost less than other patio designs.

GABLE ROOF – Gable designs incorporate a triangle shape roof making a pitched shape. Other variations of pitched roofs are HIP and DUTCH. Pitched gable (hip or dutch) sections can be mixed in with flat roof sections to create a customised look.

DOMED ROOF – Essentially a domed roof patio uses curved sections of metal, polycarbonate (or other) materials to produce the desired shape.

A disadvantage of domed roofs can be that they potentially can trap in heat, but this depends on the curvature of the dome. Slightly curved dome shapes won’t be a problem.

Fluorescent Outdoor Patio Lighting Ideas

Patio lighting is crucial for enjoying your outdoor patio space after dark. When you’re considering what to install, think about both functionality and aesthetics.

First, the practical stuff. What will you use your outdoor patio for at night? Entertaining? Cooking? Relaxing with a book? Will you need a light strong enough to read by? Do you need spot lighting near the barbecue?

Outdoor patio backyard lightingSecond, the look. Do you fancy no-frills plain white lighting? Something flamboyantly eye-catching or something discreet? Do you want coloured lights?

Florescent lighting designed for exterior use offers a variety of options. Have a look at the Clipsal range for some ideas. This kind of outdoor patio lighting is suitable if you want constant lighting for long periods because it’s energy efficient and minimises costs. It comes with a choice of bar, square or circular housing. It’s a no-frills basic system for patio lighting.

ANL Lighting have a series of weatherproof batten type fluorescent lights for outdoor use. The T5 series features electronic allast and ultrathin tubes for energy saving and easy installation. The product is proofed against dust and standard water jets.

The T8 series has similar features but acrylic diffusers and tri-phosphor tubes are also available. The T5 and T8 emergency battens stay on even if there’s a power failure. This might be a consideration if you live in thunderstorm or cyclone-prone areas where power cuts are likely in an emergency situation.

Lighting Ideas For Your Perth Outdoor Patio Area

Patio lighting is crucial for enjoying your Perth outdoor patio space after dark. When you’re considering what to install, think about both functionality and aesthetics.

First, the practical stuff. What will you use your Perth patio for at night? Entertaining? Cooking? Relaxing with a book? Will you need a light strong enough to read by? Do you need spot lighting near the barbecue?

Second, the look. Do you fancy no-frills plain white lighting? Something flamboyantly eye-catching or something discreet? Do you want coloured lights?

Perth Outdoor patio lighting ideas

Florescent lighting designed for exterior use offers a variety of options. Have a look at the Clipsal range for some ideas. This kind of Perth patio lighting is suitable if you want constant lighting for long periods because it’s energy efficient and minimises costs. It comes with a choice of bar, square or circular housing. It’s a no-frills basic system for patio lighting.

ANL Lighting have a series of weatherproof batten type fluorescent lights for outdoor use. These also have a no-frills look. The T5 series features electronic ballast and ultra thin tubes for energy saving and easy installation. The product is proofed against dust and standard water jets. The T8 series has similar features but acrylic diffusers and triphosphor tubes are also available. The T5 and T8 emergency battens stay on even if there’s a power failure. This might be a consideration if you live in thunderstorm or cyclone-prone areas where power cuts are likely in an emergency situation.

Suntuf – Another Good Patio Roofing Option

 When it comes to selecting a patio roof, you’ll be considering:

1) how it looks

2) how long it will last

3) how much light and heat it will allow into your patio area.

Suntuf polycarbonate plastic sheeting offers a range of patio roofing solutions.

Suntuf makes an excellent choice of patio roofing because you can select something to suit your unique needs and tastes. There are clear and translucent options with different roofing profiles (corrugated and Greco). You can choose the amount of reflectivity. It’s immensely durable and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Outdoor patio roof suntuf uv protection

Here’s a summary of the basic types of Suntuf:

 • Suntuf Standard has five translucent and one clear sheeting option. The clear sheeting lets in maximum light and heat. This is great for cooler climates where winter warmth on your patio is a priority. The translucent options let in 20-44% light and 33-48% heat. They’re good for patios needing some light but not too much heat.

 • Suntuf SolarSmart comes in three translucent colours offering diffused or semi-diffused light and low glare. SolarSmart sheeting is heat reflective with 99.9% UV blockout and blocks out near infra-red radiation too (i.e. heat). Excellent choices for patio area sun protection all year round.

 • Suntuf SolarSmart Selective is even more efficient than the SolarSmart range when it comes to heat reduction and reflectivity. Two translucent colours offer heat reduction of up to 85% and minimal glare (with 15% light transmission). These suit year-round very hot climates (like Perth) where it’s important to have a cool outdoor patio space.

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.

Patio Roof Colours – ColorBond Steel

What colours does patio roof material come in? Well, if you’ve already spoken to a patio builder, then most of them work with a range of standard metal sheet colours made by BlueScope Steel called the ColorBond range.

Colorbond patio roof chart colours

As of January 2013, Colorbond colours come in four ranges: Standard, Ultra, Stainless and Fencing.

You can check out this website http://www.colorbondcolours.com/ to see the current ColorBond range for patio roofs and backyard fences.

You’ll need to remember a couple of things;

1) The colour you see on your computer screen will be different to the actual colour of the steel material, so only use what you see on the ColorBond website as a guide

2) Not the entire range of colours will be available from a particular local Perth patio builder, they will usually only offer 8-12 colours.

When it comes to choosing the colour for your outdoor patio roof it’s best to go with something that will match (or closely) match your existing home colour scheme (such as roof tile colour, brick wall colour, gutter colour, etc) as well as being modern. Lighter ColorBond patio roof sheeting will also fade less (or be not as noticeable) as dark colours.

How about requesting a quote from this website from a local patio builder? They should provide you with a ColorBond colour guide when they visit you (or pick up a ColorBond guide from a local paint shop).

Outdoor Patios – Ideal Sun Protection Solution

With the powerful UV rays causing havoc on our skins, we have known for many years about the importance of sun protection. If you however, love spending summer days outdoors, and enjoy those weekend family BBQ’s, then what options do you have? Well, aside from the normal sun block, hat and UV protective sunglasses, you can also go the extra mile and build a special outdoor patio for your home.

Outdoor patios sun uv protection

Sun Protection

With an outdoor patio that offers an advanced UV cover, such as the Colorbond product, you can now enjoy endless hours outdoors. The kids can play safely, and you can eat, read or simply relax outdoors, without needing to worry about constant exposure from UV rays.

Entertainment

Aside from the sun protection element, an outdoor patio offers you a brilliant entertainment area that is ideal for any party, BBQ, brunch, or other event as it is protected from the harsh elements and offers a large open space for party tables and more.

The extra living space you get from an outdoor patio that is completely covered with a protective ceiling solution including Solar Span, Suntuf Solar Smart or the top of the line Colorbond product, means that you basically get an extra room on your home, where can enjoy being outdoors, and fully protected from the harsh UV rays of the sun.

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.

To get your patio project started you can request a free patio quote:

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