Innovative ideas for covering ‘naked’ outdoor decks and patios

Despite our love of outdoor living, the majority of decking and patio areas in New Zealand homes have a lack of adequate shelter. 

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team
Created with sketchtool.
Created with sketchtool.

Outdoor roofing provides a vital design element for any home with an alfresco area. If it’s not covered, the chances are the space won’t be usable for the majority of the year, both in the warmer and in the colder months. 

However, traditional roofing options are often complex – and, sometimes, cost prohibitive – to install and design, and create visual clutter

“This is no longer the case,” suggests Flexiroof’s Simon Moore. “A roofing product needs to be simple and effective, and it needs to look great. It also needs to be high quality and long lasting so, with these vital elements in mind, we developed a patio roofing solution that turns traditional notions of bulky, complicated systems on their head.”

Flexiroof modular system features an industry-leading 1,000mm rafter spacing, allowing you to see more of the clouds, sky, rain and stars.
Flexiroof modular system features an industry-leading 1,000mm rafter spacing, allowing you to see more of the clouds, sky, rain and stars.

Outdoor room ideas: how to integrate modular roofing over a patio or deck

Despite our love of the outdoors and alfresco entertaining, and our awareness of UV harm, almost all new houses are still being built with between one and three ‘naked’ deck or patio areas, Simon says. “Our climate is often hot, wet or cold, which means that, if we want to make the most of our outdoor spaces, shelter is paramount.”

The best way to design roofing for the outdoors, however, has not always been clear. “We have set out to change that, and we are, one house at a time. We believe in simple, uncluttered design to complement the creativity of the landscape design and architectural elements of the house.”

One of the best ways to achieve a long-lasting, simple yet elegant solution is to look for high-quality roofing that incorporates wide spans, according to Simon.

“By selecting wide-span roofing, you’re able to continue to enjoy the stars, the clouds, and watch the sky – and the rain if you wish to. It allows for a stronger connection with nature and the surrounding environment.”

Modular roofing is a sought-after solution to allow for the integration of cumulative spans to achieve the desired size and shape of the shelter. Combined with wide rafter spacing of 800mm, this is a truly unique solution for either creating an outdoor room with side protection, or as a simple deck or patio roof, Simon says. “Our Flexiroof is the only outdoor roofing product available in New Zealand that has rafter spacing more than 750mm.”

Flexiroof rafters are designed to incorporate 12V LED lights.
Flexiroof rafters are designed to incorporate 12V LED lights.

Shelter for the social areas of the home: lighting for outdoor roofs

Where there is shelter, people are likely to congregate, and outdoors is one of the best places to incorporate lighting within a roof structure. “Doing it this way takes away the need for additional lighting that could otherwise detract from the seamless nature of the area. 

“Our rafters are designed to incorporate 12-volt LED lights which are fitted flush against the structure with a stainless steel bezel,” Simon says. “While the majority of clients opt for around 10 lights per roof, the sky's the limit in terms of the number of installations that incorporate scores of lights to create a bright outdoor ‘room’ at night. 

Minimalism in the outdoors: removing the unnecessary

There are various ways to create a sleek, streamlined outdoor roof that enhances rather than takes away from other design elements. The first is to seek out options that require minimal visible hardware. “While all outdoor roofs will require some level of fixings to ensure their stability, with the best products these can be minimal and well considered, allowing for uninterrupted enjoyment of the space. 

“The second key thing to look for is a roof that is designed to thermally expand and contract independently, without the need for numerous holes or problematic rubber seals to allow it to do this. 

“Our Tiny Arch system is a patented solution in which a subtle downward arch is incorporated into the roof, which allows the roof to auto-adjust for thermal expansion and contraction, and also moves water away from the joins so rubber is not required.”

A simple Flexiroof shelter for residential and commercial use.
A simple Flexiroof shelter for residential and commercial use.

Shades of grey: the UV filtering outdoor roof

While transparent outdoor roofing can seem desirable when used for shelter alone, it is not generally the best way to incorporate protection from all the elements, including the sun. “That’s why light grey roofing material is the better option. By using light grey polycarbonate sheeting, you can block 100 per cent of UV radiation, reduce visible light and glare, and keep the space underneath much cooler, reducing 33 per cent of the heat below the roof,” Simon says. 

“Polycarbonate sheeting is also the premium solution for outdoor roofing because of its inherent strength. It’s 15 times stronger than alternatives, such as acrylic or “Perspex™”, and 225 times stronger than normal glass, allowing for peace of mind and durability.” 

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Innovative ideas for covering ‘naked’ outdoor decks and patios

Despite our love of outdoor living, the majority of decking and patio areas in New Zealand homes have a lack of adequate shelter. 

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team
Created with sketchtool.
Created with sketchtool.

Outdoor roofing provides a vital design element for any home with an alfresco area. If it’s not covered, the chances are the space won’t be usable for the majority of the year, both in the warmer and in the colder months. 

However, traditional roofing options are often complex – and, sometimes, cost prohibitive – to install and design, and create visual clutter

“This is no longer the case,” suggests Flexiroof’s Simon Moore. “A roofing product needs to be simple and effective, and it needs to look great. It also needs to be high quality and long lasting so, with these vital elements in mind, we developed a patio roofing solution that turns traditional notions of bulky, complicated systems on their head.”

Flexiroof modular system features an industry-leading 1,000mm rafter spacing, allowing you to see more of the clouds, sky, rain and stars.
Flexiroof modular system features an industry-leading 1,000mm rafter spacing, allowing you to see more of the clouds, sky, rain and stars.

Outdoor room ideas: how to integrate modular roofing over a patio or deck

Despite our love of the outdoors and alfresco entertaining, and our awareness of UV harm, almost all new houses are still being built with between one and three ‘naked’ deck or patio areas, Simon says. “Our climate is often hot, wet or cold, which means that, if we want to make the most of our outdoor spaces, shelter is paramount.”

The best way to design roofing for the outdoors, however, has not always been clear. “We have set out to change that, and we are, one house at a time. We believe in simple, uncluttered design to complement the creativity of the landscape design and architectural elements of the house.”

One of the best ways to achieve a long-lasting, simple yet elegant solution is to look for high-quality roofing that incorporates wide spans, according to Simon.

“By selecting wide-span roofing, you’re able to continue to enjoy the stars, the clouds, and watch the sky – and the rain if you wish to. It allows for a stronger connection with nature and the surrounding environment.”

Modular roofing is a sought-after solution to allow for the integration of cumulative spans to achieve the desired size and shape of the shelter. Combined with wide rafter spacing of 800mm, this is a truly unique solution for either creating an outdoor room with side protection, or as a simple deck or patio roof, Simon says. “Our Flexiroof is the only outdoor roofing product available in New Zealand that has rafter spacing more than 750mm.”

Flexiroof rafters are designed to incorporate 12V LED lights.
Flexiroof rafters are designed to incorporate 12V LED lights.

Shelter for the social areas of the home: lighting for outdoor roofs

Where there is shelter, people are likely to congregate, and outdoors is one of the best places to incorporate lighting within a roof structure. “Doing it this way takes away the need for additional lighting that could otherwise detract from the seamless nature of the area. 

“Our rafters are designed to incorporate 12-volt LED lights which are fitted flush against the structure with a stainless steel bezel,” Simon says. “While the majority of clients opt for around 10 lights per roof, the sky's the limit in terms of the number of installations that incorporate scores of lights to create a bright outdoor ‘room’ at night. 

Minimalism in the outdoors: removing the unnecessary

There are various ways to create a sleek, streamlined outdoor roof that enhances rather than takes away from other design elements. The first is to seek out options that require minimal visible hardware. “While all outdoor roofs will require some level of fixings to ensure their stability, with the best products these can be minimal and well considered, allowing for uninterrupted enjoyment of the space. 

“The second key thing to look for is a roof that is designed to thermally expand and contract independently, without the need for numerous holes or problematic rubber seals to allow it to do this. 

“Our Tiny Arch system is a patented solution in which a subtle downward arch is incorporated into the roof, which allows the roof to auto-adjust for thermal expansion and contraction, and also moves water away from the joins so rubber is not required.”

A simple Flexiroof shelter for residential and commercial use.
A simple Flexiroof shelter for residential and commercial use.

Shades of grey: the UV filtering outdoor roof

While transparent outdoor roofing can seem desirable when used for shelter alone, it is not generally the best way to incorporate protection from all the elements, including the sun. “That’s why light grey roofing material is the better option. By using light grey polycarbonate sheeting, you can block 100 per cent of UV radiation, reduce visible light and glare, and keep the space underneath much cooler, reducing 33 per cent of the heat below the roof,” Simon says. 

“Polycarbonate sheeting is also the premium solution for outdoor roofing because of its inherent strength. It’s 15 times stronger than alternatives, such as acrylic or “Perspex™”, and 225 times stronger than normal glass, allowing for peace of mind and durability.” 

Find out more about innovative outdoor roof design ideas.

Get in touch with
Flexiroof

Request pricing/info
Visit website
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Innovative ideas for covering ‘naked’ outdoor decks and patios

Despite our love of outdoor living, the majority of decking and patio areas in New Zealand homes have a lack of adequate shelter. 

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team
Created with sketchtool.
Created with sketchtool.

Outdoor roofing provides a vital design element for any home with an alfresco area. If it’s not covered, the chances are the space won’t be usable for the majority of the year, both in the warmer and in the colder months. 

However, traditional roofing options are often complex – and, sometimes, cost prohibitive – to install and design, and create visual clutter

“This is no longer the case,” suggests Flexiroof’s Simon Moore. “A roofing product needs to be simple and effective, and it needs to look great. It also needs to be high quality and long lasting so, with these vital elements in mind, we developed a patio roofing solution that turns traditional notions of bulky, complicated systems on their head.”

Flexiroof modular system features an industry-leading 1,000mm rafter spacing, allowing you to see more of the clouds, sky, rain and stars.
Flexiroof modular system features an industry-leading 1,000mm rafter spacing, allowing you to see more of the clouds, sky, rain and stars.

Outdoor room ideas: how to integrate modular roofing over a patio or deck

Despite our love of the outdoors and alfresco entertaining, and our awareness of UV harm, almost all new houses are still being built with between one and three ‘naked’ deck or patio areas, Simon says. “Our climate is often hot, wet or cold, which means that, if we want to make the most of our outdoor spaces, shelter is paramount.”

The best way to design roofing for the outdoors, however, has not always been clear. “We have set out to change that, and we are, one house at a time. We believe in simple, uncluttered design to complement the creativity of the landscape design and architectural elements of the house.”

One of the best ways to achieve a long-lasting, simple yet elegant solution is to look for high-quality roofing that incorporates wide spans, according to Simon.

“By selecting wide-span roofing, you’re able to continue to enjoy the stars, the clouds, and watch the sky – and the rain if you wish to. It allows for a stronger connection with nature and the surrounding environment.”

Modular roofing is a sought-after solution to allow for the integration of cumulative spans to achieve the desired size and shape of the shelter. Combined with wide rafter spacing of 800mm, this is a truly unique solution for either creating an outdoor room with side protection, or as a simple deck or patio roof, Simon says. “Our Flexiroof is the only outdoor roofing product available in New Zealand that has rafter spacing more than 750mm.”

Flexiroof rafters are designed to incorporate 12V LED lights.
Flexiroof rafters are designed to incorporate 12V LED lights.

Shelter for the social areas of the home: lighting for outdoor roofs

Where there is shelter, people are likely to congregate, and outdoors is one of the best places to incorporate lighting within a roof structure. “Doing it this way takes away the need for additional lighting that could otherwise detract from the seamless nature of the area. 

“Our rafters are designed to incorporate 12-volt LED lights which are fitted flush against the structure with a stainless steel bezel,” Simon says. “While the majority of clients opt for around 10 lights per roof, the sky's the limit in terms of the number of installations that incorporate scores of lights to create a bright outdoor ‘room’ at night. 

Minimalism in the outdoors: removing the unnecessary

There are various ways to create a sleek, streamlined outdoor roof that enhances rather than takes away from other design elements. The first is to seek out options that require minimal visible hardware. “While all outdoor roofs will require some level of fixings to ensure their stability, with the best products these can be minimal and well considered, allowing for uninterrupted enjoyment of the space. 

“The second key thing to look for is a roof that is designed to thermally expand and contract independently, without the need for numerous holes or problematic rubber seals to allow it to do this. 

“Our Tiny Arch system is a patented solution in which a subtle downward arch is incorporated into the roof, which allows the roof to auto-adjust for thermal expansion and contraction, and also moves water away from the joins so rubber is not required.”

A simple Flexiroof shelter for residential and commercial use.
A simple Flexiroof shelter for residential and commercial use.

Shades of grey: the UV filtering outdoor roof

While transparent outdoor roofing can seem desirable when used for shelter alone, it is not generally the best way to incorporate protection from all the elements, including the sun. “That’s why light grey roofing material is the better option. By using light grey polycarbonate sheeting, you can block 100 per cent of UV radiation, reduce visible light and glare, and keep the space underneath much cooler, reducing 33 per cent of the heat below the roof,” Simon says. 

“Polycarbonate sheeting is also the premium solution for outdoor roofing because of its inherent strength. It’s 15 times stronger than alternatives, such as acrylic or “Perspex™”, and 225 times stronger than normal glass, allowing for peace of mind and durability.” 

Find out more about innovative outdoor roof design ideas.

Get in touch with
Flexiroof

Request pricing/info
Visit website
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