One of the most appealing additions to a home can be the installation of a verandah. A verandah can add style and sophistication to a home, as well as providing a means of comfort for those looking to relax and enjoy the sunshine or eat a delicious home-cooked meal.
As Southern Australia provides exquisite scenery and fabulous weather, building a verandah can be the best way to enjoy our natural beauty from the comforts of one’s own home.
However, those that are considering the possibility of adding a verandah to their house can often have trouble in deciding which verandah styles they are most interested in, and what fits with the home’s decor.
Below we’ll share a few tips in our quick guide to all the different verandah styles that are available on the market today and for further information you can give the Rite Price Roofing team a call at (08) 8348 5988.
What Is a Verandah?
At its most basic definition, the verandah is simply a style of roofing that extends over the porch area in front of a home.
It is common for verandahs to include some sort of railing that will extend the length of the area, creating an aesthetically pleasing connection with the rest of the structure.
There are a wide variety of factors that a homeowner must consider when attempting to build a verandah, such as the roofing contractor, the price of materials and so on; however, the most important of these is the style of verandah to build.
Styles Of Verandah That Are Available
Overall, there are four basic styles of verandah on the market: curved, flat, gabled and ‘bullnosed’, which is often simply referred to as covered. While these are basic styles, there is virtually an infinite amount of further customization possible before the installation is final.
Homeowners can choose from the type of construction used to craft the verandah, such as wood or steel, to the colours of the paint for the frame and accents.
A curved verandah is one of the more stylish options to choose from, as it has slopes downwards and can easily connect to virtually anything.
As a curved style lends well to creating specific looks, it can also be combined with other roofing styles to create a very unique look for a home. This is a great option for those that are bored with the typical ‘flat’ or angular look of a roof or existing verandah.
On that note, a flat verandah is the most common style found in Australia. The reason for this is primarily due to the ease of which it can be integrated into the existing design of a home.
A flat style is great for those that merely want a simple verandah that they can relax under, without the worries that come along with more trendy or risky designs. It can also be used as a freestanding structure for anyone that may want to keep it separate from their house, although this isn’t typically the case.
A flat verandah tends to be the least expensive of the styles available on the market, which can be useful for those on a budget.
A gabled verandah is usually paired with that of a high structure, though it can also be used to make a home look taller than it actually is. To understand what this tends to look like, try to picture a miniaturized tent or if there is one near your home, a gabled roof.
Essentially the middle of the roof is raised, while it slopes down on both sides. Gabled verandahs are becoming less common over time due to their angular features.
Finally, for those looking to invest in a style of verandah that is both parts contemporary and elegant, then the bullnose style is perfect. A bullnose combines the flat and curved styles to create a look all its own.
If connected to a home, it will begin as a flat verandah, while curving downwards towards the end, which can help to shield the homeowner from oncoming weather while sitting on their porch or dining outside.
It’s worth noting that there are a few other styles of verandah design, such as convex, concave and Dutch gable, although these are typically variations of the others and are a bit less popular.
How To Decide Which Verandah Style To Use
A final consideration is that you’ll want to choose a style that doesn’t clash with the rest of your home as this can certainly bring down its overall value if and when it comes time to sell.
While making your home totally unique can seem like a positive choice, the more it clashes with the designers of other homes in the area, the more challenging it might be to find a buyer.
Unless you have a specific design or style in mind for your home, it may be challenging to make a final decision.
Don’t worry a Rite Price Roofing is here to assist. Our design experts will work with you to ensure that the verandah you end up with perfectly matches the design and structure of your home and its roof.
Contact us today at (08) 8348 5988 and we’ll be happy to share our advice and expertise. We look forward to assisting you with your new verandah.