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Does an Insulated Patio create a Temperature Difference?

Patio roofs can be made from many different materials. Adding a cover to your home's patio can make it a comfortable place to sit even when the outside temperature is very high or very low. Insulated patios, also known as sandwich panel use foam between steel sheets to create an insulated panel that also spans further than standard Colorbond or other metal roofing.

Insulated roofing panels can alter a patio's temperature in a number of ways.

Forms of Protection

On sunny days, an insulated roof provides shade from the sun. This reduces the temperature of the patio's surface and the air above it. On cool days, a patio cover allows the patio to retain heat. As heat rises, it encounters the roof and stays in the general patio area longer; much like insulation keeps a home warm in the winter.

Temperature Difference

Each individual patio and roof setup will offer its own temperature difference, which may vary from day to day as well as throughout the day, depending on weather conditions, but the heat transfer from “unskinned” metal roofing is eliminated ..

Factors

The temperature difference that your patio roof provides depends on a number of factors. The patio's location is one important factor. Some patios receive cross breezes, which effectively blow warm air out of the patio's open sides even if there is an insulated roof there to prevent heat from rising away. A patio roof that only provides shade during certain hours due to its position won't offer as much protection as one that provides full shade throughout the day. A patio roof's height and material also affect its impact on temperatures.

Additional Solutions

Adding an insulated roof is just one way of controlling the heat on your patio. Gas and electric space heaters, which produce warm air in a limited space, are also useful for making the patio enjoyable on cool days or evenings. An insulated patio roof can help trap the heat and make using a heater even more efficient, provided that the heater has adequate clearance and won't cause the cover to overheat. Removable walls or shutters allow you to enclose a portion of a patio to prevent wind, keeping the temperature at a reasonable level. Perforated metal screens can also create privacy, whilst making a statement that reflects the personality of your home.

If you don’t have a patio or are thinking of installing a new patio to protect from the winter chill please  call us to quote a new insulated patio to keep you warmer in winter and cooler in summer. We can also create custom outdoor pieces to suit your style.

For more information contact us at Action Sheetmetal & Roofing by phoning 07 5564 8200, emailing us at orders@actionsheetmetal.com or online www.actionsheetmetal.com

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