Building a patio on your home provides you with the ability to really enjoy the outdoors and take part in the outdoor-living trend that is such a focal aspect of Australia. While there is a lot of emphasis on patio-living in the spring and summer, the fall and winter months often get overlooked. If you want to be able to extend the use of your patio and create a full year-round space then insulating it is the way to go. This will not only help to keep it warm in the winter, but it can also help to keep the space cool in the summer making for a more comfortable experience.
Here are some tips you can use when insulating your patio.
Look Into Roofing Options
Because patios in Australia are open on the sides, allowing for maximum airflow, you will need to look into roof insulation options. This does an excellent job of helping to balance out the temperature in the patio. Insulation will ensure that the hot summer sun doesn't heat up the space too much, and in the cooler winter months it helps to keep the area in the patio feeling warmer.
The best time to add insulation is when you are replacing a patio roof or putting one on for the first time. The typical sheet roofing doesn't offer any sort of insulation benefits.Without insulation, the patio can feel much warmer than the actual air temperature as the roof material heats up and radiates into the space. Obviously this isn't ideal during the summer.
Insulated Panels Make for an Easy Project
Nowadays you'll find that you can purchase insulated panels that are typically made of aluminium and have a care material that acts as the insulation. These will help to control the temperature and keep rain out of the patio. These panels tend to be a bit easier to work with when you are starting a project from scratch. This means you can build the roof to the panel sizing, rather than having to invest in custom-sized panels.
DIY Job Versus Hiring a Professional
As far as tackling the roofing project on your own, it really comes down to a few key factors. First you need to be fairly handy, as it can be a labour-intensive job. You need to know what you’re doing, have the right tools, ensure your measurements are right, and chances are you’ll need a friend to lend a hand.
The problem with doing it yourself is that you do risk making a mistake, which can end up costing you money. In the end these mistakes can cost you more money than if you were to hire a professional to do it. Also, you need to have the time available to get the project done. Extra time can be something you are in short supply of.
The professionals not only have the right material, tools, and know-how, they will also have access to cutting-edge materials that you may not even know about.
A Year-Round Space
Insulating your panel is the best way to create an outdoor living space that can be enjoyed year-round.