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.

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.

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.

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.

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