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Roof options for a patio

Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. You've already realised that it's time to put a roof on the patio so that you can spend more time outdoors. But what roof options are there...?

Although not a very inexpensive option, bamboo is a durable material that can withstand the elements and will offer you a roofing option that is attractive and long-lasting. Because bamboo is becoming a popular choice for home improvement projects, the supply of bamboo has increased and there are now various suppliers who offer bamboo products.

Bamboo Warehouse offer a range of bamboo poles and fencing products, Brightfields offer ready made bamboo products that are easily installed as roofing options, and you will also find a selection of bamboo products at your local Builders Warehouse or timber merchant.

Canvas is an inexpensive and readily available material that is ideal for topping off a patio roof. With a basic wood frame you can easily fit canvas panels in a day. When properly maintained with a regular cleaning, canvas shade panels offer attractive shade options. Builders Warehouse offer canvas drop cloths in neutral colours, or buy canvas at your local fabric store.

Sail shades are another fabric option for providing shade to a patio area or outdoor entertainment area. The design of shade sails allows them to be installed almost anywhere, in an almost unlimited design arrangement.

My personal choice is a simple pergola-style roof, built using affordable timber and supported on treated timber beams or poles. This option requires far less maintenance is correctly treated and regularly maintained. When primed and painted you can match the structure to the decor of your home.

Many people think of a timber pergola as old fashioned, but this is not actually the case. Varying the design of a timber pergola can offer unlimited design variables to fit in with any style of home.

You will find all the materials you need to build a timber pergola at your local Builders Warehouse, which means you can afford to build and extend your pergola as and when you can afford it.

IBR sheeting, both metal and fibreglass, also offer a contemporary patio roofing option.