Veranda roof: what are your possibilities of material

Veranda roof - opt for a resistant but also aesthetic material

Today we present the materials you can use for a veranda roof.

The veranda is ideal to add space to your home and to spend pleasant moments of relaxation in any season. To ensure comfort, pay attention to the choice of materials.

The aesthetics of the veranda roof is certainly important. But in addition a roof must also guarantee weather resistance, air and water tightness and good thermal insulation.

The choice of material is as important a step as the choice of the shape of the veranda for example. The selection criteria depend mainly on the thermal insulation needs, the sunshine of the region, your budget or your aesthetic criteria. Depending on what you choose, the veranda can be of two types: a load-bearing profile (the roof is heavy and therefore it must be very solid, consolidated) or non-load bearing (the roof is rather light and can be thinner).

Possibilities to equip the roof of your veranda

In general you have 4 possibilities to equip the roof from your veranda:

  • glass
  • polycarbonate panels
  • the opaque plates
  • tiles

The glazed roof

Very aesthetic, the glazed roof gives a lot of light to the veranda. Indeed it is a good solution to let the heat. In addition, it's easy to install. As for the insulation, it differs according to the type of glazing used.

Currently glass remains the most common solution with its qualities of light transmission and insulation

for example it is a veranda with glass roof

Good insulation, the glass can also be protected by blinds inside to optimize the thermal performance of the roof.

Like every other material, glass has its disadvantages. It can give a stuffy heat under the veranda in the middle of summer. It is heavy and therefore needs a very solid support.

The installation of a glazed roof can be expensive because the glass is fragile and that implies the choice of laminated thick glass.

A glass veranda roof is undoubtedly ideal to enjoy the outdoor environment during all seasons

glass roof

Reinforced double glazing features one or more polyester films for excellent insulation. These films have no negative impact on the brightness of the porch with a neutral color. Another very powerful but more expensive reference is triple glazing equipped with "warm edge" inserts.

If you bet on the glass, you should know that this heavier material requires to be placed on a resistant frame so more expensive. On the other hand this investment will allow you considerable gains in energy expenses.

True natural opening on the garden

for example it's a glass veranda roof

veranda roof made of synthetic material


Polycarbonate panels are plastic panels.

The polycarbonate panel is a more economical glass alternative. Slightly opaque, these panels let in enough light. Being flexible and light, they are very easy to install. With a high resistance to climatic variations (since they are 16 to 52 mm thick), they protect the veranda from high temperatures.

Polycarbonate is the most widely used synthetic material for roofing

polycarbonate veranda roof

Polycarbonate can be closer to the energy performance of glass. Its thermal performance is really significant and in addition, it is possible to fix a solar film to limit the absorption of rays and heat.

It also has the advantage of offering a variety of colors (white, bronze, opalescent etc.) and styles to match perfectly with the decorative style of the house.

Polycarbonate roof is strong but less aesthetic than glass

for example it is a veranda with polycarbonate roof

Among the disadvantages of this material is that it loses its aesthetic with time. It ages faster than other materials and the savings from the first purchase could be lost. Another disadvantage, acoustic insulation is weaker, especially when it rains.

The choice of roof type also depends on your location and the need for light

polycarbonate panels on a veranda roof

The opaque plates

porch with opaque plates

The opaque plates have the advantage of being very light and of being a good thermal insulator. The disadvantage is that they totally prevent the passage of light through the veranda roof. In addition, they are less aesthetic and sometimes are difficult to harmonize with the other materials of the veranda.

The last years have appeared high quality materials including opaque plates

example of a veranda with an opaque flat roof

opaque roof


for example it is a tiled veranda roof

Natural materials bring a personality to your home. The tiles harmonize well with each environment. They are strong, provide waterproofness, insulate well against the weather and have a long life. In addition, in the trade there are in many colors.

A traditional roof

roofing traditional tiles

It is a material that installs easily. Besides, it must be known that it adds a considerable weight to the veranda. This may be his only drawback.

The roof of a veranda must be very resistant, but especially powerful

veranda tiled roof

To conclude, which roof to consider for a veranda ...? The ideal is to find the solution that allows you to enjoy the veranda throughout the year. The choice depends mainly on the region, the exhibition, the architectural style of the house and your preferences of course.

A veranda roof can be constructed of different materials

veranda roof

The thermal insulation must be of quality, the same for sound insulation while remaining robust against the bad weather

veranda roof

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