Terrace roof - glass, wood or aluminum?


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Homeowners and garden enthusiasts can use a patio roof to ensure that their living room in the countryside remains usable even in light rain or wind. They thus significantly increase their living comfort and, according to the design, at the same time they ensure naturalness right up to their veranda door. After all, it is the design and the type of material used, how a patio roof fits into the garden architecture. It can radiate the naturalness of a lovingly planted natural garden or the clear structures and lines of a mere stay outdoors with a meadow and open planting. Both are worth striving for and the individual habits and horticultural interests of the users are crucial.
But also building physics motivations and practical considerations regarding the ease of care decide on the choice of material for the patio roof.
The patio roof made of glass
The biggest advantage of such a patio roof is its high light transmission. A patio roof always brings a reduction in the incidence of light on the terrace with it. In the case of a terrace on the residential building, the room behind it is affected even more intensively. No other roofing material can ensure that the greatest possible incidence of light is ensured in these two areas.
This great advantage, however, has several disadvantages. Glass has the greatest weight of all roof variants and therefore particularly high demands are placed on the load bearing capacity of the roof construction. The weight of the glass increases in addition, because the builders of such a roof must implement demanding safety regulations. They are sufficient according to the building regulations of the respective federal state of increased glass thickness from 8mm up to the use of laminated safety glass. At the latest with this argument also the high purchase price leads to a new consideration of the profitability of the building project.
A glass roof becomes a plague in south facing situations when the intense summer sun transforms the roof into a burning glass. A stay under it is often no longer possible in the noon on such days and the heat can only be reduced by a sun shade. The use of a glass roof is therefore always a compromise.
Often the question is asked about the cleaning of glass roof surfaces. Since the invention of high quality nano-coatings, this problem has been substantially reduced.
Advantages:

  • Optimal light incidence
  • Use of a natural and sustainably produced material
  • Optical sign of high quality
  • Easy cleaning when using a nano-coating
Disadvantage:
  • High purchase price
  • Particularly viable construction required
  • Enormous heat development
The terrace roof made of wood
Such a roof has several advantages. For every nature lover who has equipped his terrace construction with natural materials, this principle finds its completion in a wooden roof. In conjunction with a wooden structure and a floor with hardwood planks or wooden tiles, he has created a special architectural ambience.
A wooden roof can be beautifully covered with various roofing materials. The best effect is achieved by its builders with a bituminous welding track and nailed bitumen shingles.
With regard to the development of heat, a wooden roof has advantages and disadvantages. In spring and autumn it keeps the heat radiation of the sun off for a long time and the stay under a wooden roof can be uncomfortably cold. However, when the air has heated up in summer, this coolness is perceived as pleasant.
The biggest disadvantage of a wooden roof, however, is its opacity. Each terrace under a wooden roof and even more the room behind a house receives no sufficient daylight. Therefore, a musty feeling often develops in connection with high humidity.
Advantages:
  • Favorable purchase price
  • Easy to assemble for the home improvement
  • Natural and sustainable building material
  • Interesting architecture
  • Keeps summer heat off
Disadvantage:
  • Opaque and therefore missing daylight
  • Often too cool to stay in the spring and fall
The terrace roof made of aluminum
Such a roof is usually offered as a prefabricated kit. Its structure is made of aluminum and is therefore already due to its quality high corrosion protection. This structure is connected in such a kit with a covering of transparent polycarbonate double-skin sheets. In this case, even variants are possible that allow a segmental opening of the roof. Thus, such a roof construction is universally usable and it can be adapted to the weather conditions. Removable or sliding sidewalls, which also consist of these plates, ensure a tolerable outdoor stay in case of wind.
A patio roof can also be made aluminum plates.They are rolled to trapezoidal sheets for improved rigidity. However, they prevent the onset of daylight, as has already been described with its disadvantages in the wooden roof. Another disadvantage is their limited, because technically-effective view quality. When it rains, these metal plates cause loud and disturbing noises.
Advantages:
  • High corrosion resistance
  • Low weight and easy installation
Disadvantage:
  • Prevention of light
  • Noise in the rain
  • Low view quality
The decision to use the right patio roof is therefore dependent on lifestyle and usage habits as well as individual architectural feeling.
Basic considerations
A patio roof is a protection of the popular seat against the weather. With a patio roof you protect yourself against snow, rain, hail but also against sun and wind. Terrace roofs are a wonderful eye-catcher and sometimes the inexpensive alternative to the conservatory.
The design and construction of the patio roof can be adapted to the house or the surrounding area, as well as the conditions of the house roof in terms of height, width and depth. The different tastes of the terrace owners are covered by countless types and designs of roofs.
The construction materials range from lightweight aluminum, unbreakable glass to wood and Plexiglas. Another nice alternative is the planted roof. However, you should make sure that only material is used, which is also weather-resistant. Likewise, sometimes snow loads should be able to be worn.
Basically, you can build a patio roof as a solid version, but also as a sunroof, which is simply opened in case of need. Of course this is not possible with the grass roof, but only with special devices made of glass and steel. Different manufacturers offer many ideas for this. It is also possible that these roofs by special coatings water repellent or can be specially adapted to sunlight, so that neither a blotchy roof, nor with unspeakable heat radiation must be expected. Just be inspired by the wide range.
Which execution is the best one can not say, because that depends on many factors. The weather resistance plays, as I said, a fundamental role. In addition, the patio roof should fit into the overall impression of the house. And of course, the personal taste is crucial.
It is also possible to complement a patio roof with matching wind catcher on the sides and thus to perfect the protection against the weather.
If you are planning a patio roof, please keep in mind that it is a structural change that is also visible to the outside world. It is quite possible that you need a building permit for this. Inquire best before.
Material for patio roofs can be bought in the specialized trade or in the hardware store. Do you know an architect? Then you can ask him what is possible and how best to implement the project. Otherwise you will also find competent consultants in the building materials trade or maybe even among the neighbors.

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