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The Benefits of Building a Veranda

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Verandas have been around for hundreds of years though it is only recently where their popularity has increased significantly making the ability to purchase a Veranda available to everyone. Due to the current economic climate many people are putting off moving home. With the low interest rates, people see little return on investment from leaving money in the bank. This has allowed the veranda and home improvement market to maintain growth where other market sectors are making losses. People are now choosing to make the best of what they have, enjoy their homes more and add value to their homes for the future.

The advantages of building a veranda

Flexible design opportunities

One major advantage of a veranda is that it is extremely flexible design wise, due to the number of different styles and materials that can be used. Essentially, you are able to add a veranda to any property, from the most traditional through to the most ultra modern. As well as the different roofing materials that can be used (Colorbond, zincalume, polycarbonate, insulated roofing, tiles, glass, and so on), you can have different styles of roof such as bull nose, flat roof, gable roof, hipped roof, curved roofs, or a combination of roofs.

When you install a veranda, the guttering is included so there is absolutely no risk of water backing into your home. To give you even more flexibility in design, you can choose from different flooring materials and this is great as it allows you to choose something that is most suited to your lifestyle. For example, you can choose beautiful timber deck flooring, or you can opt for a practical concrete or tiled floor that looks great but is easy to keep clean (perfect if you use your veranda for gardening tasks). You also have the ability to further enhance the visual appeal of the verandah by adding railings, balustrades, and fretwork, and this can go a long way towards not only increasing the value of your home but adding that something extra and allowing you to show off your personal style.

Protection to your home

The veranda is weather flexible, giving you the opportunity to receive the benefits of the outdoors, while not having to worry about the conditions outside. A veranda has its place in rain or sunshine and provides fantastic protection for you during any weather. In the winter, the addition of a heater can afford you the luxury of being able to sit outdoors with a book, whereas in the summer, its protection from the sun is of great benefit. Verandas also facilitate outdoor dining during mild summers and during blazing heat provide your walls with shelter from the sun and so ensures your house is cooler. This can reduce air conditioning costs in warm weather.

Verandas are attractive!

Verandas are attractive and can really add desirability to your home. The fact a veranda comes in a wide variety of styles means that it can be tailored to any taste. There is a choice of attractive roofing options from glass, so you can look at the sky above, to insulated roofing and tiles, for colder conditions. Glass verandas can also be tinted, allowing you to see the sun through a tint in warm weather and through almost clear glass on duller days.

The flooring also offers as many options as you can think of. Wood, concrete, timber decking can be placed beneath the veranda. It provides a great area to place plants that need shelter and is ideal for your gardening tasks. Railings and fretwork can also be added to give an individual style.

Great family space

Verandas make a great family space and are fantastic for families with older children. Being able to escape the hustle bustle of a small home, or family room, and sit in the cool veranda area is as relaxing as it sounds. This additional area would be a lot more expensive if it were a room, yet a veranda can offer you this respite for a lot less.

Value

Of course, the above benefits will in turn give the possibility of adding value to your home. Verandas are attractive, allow your home to be that little bit more functional and so as we’ve mentioned are often desirable. This in turn means that installing a veranda will push up the price of your home, and you will see it become a worthy investment. With all this in mind the veranda certainly becomes a far more attractive offering. It’s aesthetically pleasing, allows you to express your personality, increases home value and offers you extra outdoor space, rain or shine.

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One comment

  1. Emil
    November 5, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Wow! Thanks for such great ideas!