If you are having a new patio constructed in your backyard, you may be considering adding a roof. There are a variety of different patio roofing options for you to choose from. Below is a guide to different patio roofing materials to help you make an informed decision.

Steel Sheeting

Steel sheeting is a resilient patio roofing option that has the benefit of requiring minimal maintenance and being resistant to corrosion, pest and fire. Steel sheeting is also available in a range of different colours so you can match your patio roof with the rest of your property. One drawback of using steel sheeting is the noise created during rainstorms. If you are concerned about this, you should ask your patio roofing contractor about insulated steel sheeting, which uses a layer of polystyrene to reduce noise levels. The insulation will also help to keep the patio area cool when the summer sun warms the steel roof.

Polycarbonate Sheeting

Polycarbonate sheeting is a made using lightweight thermoplastic material. This material offers great durability and can be curved without weakening its structural integrity. The material also has the advantage of being available as transparent sheets. This will allow natural light onto your patio while protecting you from harmful UV rays from the sun. If you are not a sun lover, polycarbonate sheeting is also available in a range of colours and opacity so you can match it to the rest of garden and property. The downside of polycarbonate sheeting is its high cost. It is also easily scratched and dented, so care must be taken to protect it.

Shade Sail

A shade sail offers a flexible and cost-effective way to provide cover for your patio. The big benefit of a shade sail is the fact it can be easily removed when you don't wish to have your patio covered. The semi-permeable fabric allows air to circulate and improves the ventilation of your patio area. They are available in a range of sizes, shapes and colours to match the decor of your outdoor space. A shade sail will require more maintenance than a fixed roof, as they can begin to sag and droop if leaves and other debris are allowed to collect on the top of the sail.

If you require more information about roofing options for patios, speak to a patio construction contractor before they begin work. They will be able to offer advice and support before carrying out any necessary work.