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.

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.

Perth Patio Décor: Five Easy Ideas

The Aussie patio is more than an add-on – it’s an outdoor living space. Our Australian climate is gorgeously suited to outdoor living and having a patio is a luxury that links inside and outside. It’s the transition space between the insulated indoors and the fresh outdoors.

Outdoor patio decor ideas

Making this transitional living space attractive as well as functional can be as simple as these five cost-effective ideas for patio décor:

1. Coloured cushions
Cushions make versatile seats, pillows and backrests. They’re also a wonderful way to add colour to your patio décor. It’s cheap and quick to make your own, or there are masses of ready-made cushions to choose from. Your theme can vary from serene neutrals to exotic Indian covers with mirrors and beads.

2. Paint a bench
Got an old garden bench that’s seen better days? Paint it up. If it’s slatted, paint the slats in bright beachy colours: blue, red, yellow and white. Or match the colour to your existing patio décor.

3. Candles
Any supermarket stocks candles. A citronella lantern is a good bet for outdoor barbecues – looks pretty and keeps the mozzies away. Try tealights in wineglasses for evocative evening lighting.

4. Solar lamps
Solar lamps are popular these days and most hardware stores stock an increasingly impressive range. Attaching a row of solar lamps to a spot like your patio railing is a great safety idea and looks spectacular at night.

5. Potted colour
Sometimes less is more. Buy a single potted flowering plant like a purple petunia or elegant lily and place it in the centre of your patio table (if you have one). Or grow nasturtiums in an old watering can and do likewise.

Patio Roof Materials – Just What Is ColorBond Steel?

Colorbond® steel is used in many Perth patio constructions as well as in other backyard areas and on roofs. So what is Colorbond? Why is it so popular for patio roofs?

One of the main reasons is that is made by a large Australian company – BlueScope Steel (a spin off from BHP).

Here’s what BlueScope Steel say about their Colorbond product…

1. Made for Australian conditions

COLORBOND® steel has been rigorously tested in some of Australia’s harshest climatic conditions for over 40 years. So whether your roof or walls, gutters, fence or garage doors are made from COLORBOND® steel, you can be sure its great Aussie looks will last.

Colorbond patio steel testing

2. A wide range of colours to mix & match

From light to dark, delicate to deep, elegant to lively, the standard COLORBOND® steel range includes 20 colours. This gives you the scope to acheive the look you want to suit your house style and the surroundings.

3. Thermal efficency for year-round comfort

COLORBOND® steel cools down fast when the sun sets, so less heat is radiated into your home. In winter the same roof, combined with insulation, helps keep the warmth in. Also every colour in the standard COLORBOND® steel range features Thermatech® solar reflectance technology to reflect more of the sun’s heat in summer. So your home is more energy efficient and can help reduce your cooling and energy costs.

4. An inspiration for innovative home designs

Because steel is lightweight yet extremely strong, it is ideal for today’s modern home designs. These could feature high ceilings, open-plan layouts, dramatic wall lines and stylish roofs, whether curved, flat or pitched.

5. Made and backed by Australian owned BlueScope Steel

COLORBOND® steel is strong and durable. It’s made in Australia for Australia and warranted for a range of applications by BlueScope Steel.

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