Protect Your Outdoor Space from Weather Damage

The outdoor area is one of the most versatile areas in any property. Patio areas serve as an extension of your house and are adaptable for many different functions. Whether utilised as a patio or a carport, or as an extension for a workshop or conservatory, the outdoor space benefits from an efficient roofing system to protect it from the elements ­­– so you can use it all year round.

Just Patios provides a diverse range of roofing solutions suitable for shading and sheltering outdoor areas, garages, sunrooms, screened porches and decking. Each roofing systems’ design suits the weather conditions in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, providing temperature and sound control, particularly for enclosed spaces. Our roofing solutions are ideal for use on any existing frame, whether made from timber, concrete or steel, and add value to any property.

How does an insulated roofing system work?

Although Just Patios provide a range of roofing solutions, installing an insulated roofing system is a smart way to protect any enclosed outdoor space from the weather. The insulation properties of roofing systems depend on its panels: the thicker they are, the better the insulation becomes. The roofing system consists of stacked panels that are available in thicknesses of 50mm, 75mm and 100mm with R-Values of up to 1.61, 2.26 and 2.66 respectively. During the summer, the panels deflect the heat and keep it outside, while in winter, it helps keep the heat from escaping. Installing an insulated roofing system will protect and preserve your outdoor area without compromising the design and function. The insulation helps reduce energy consumption from heating or air conditioning, saving costs and reducing the environmental impact.

In addition to maintaining temperature, insulated roofing systems muffle the noise from outside and absorb the reverberations from inside, improving interior acoustics.

Keep the Weather Elements Out

If your property is located in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, consider installing insulated roofing systems when converting or rehabilitating outdoor space on your property. Brisbane and the surrounding areas experience hot weather for most of the year with cooler weather and the occasional rainfall and thunderstorms during autumn and winter. The salty sea breezes, although refreshing, can increase corrosion on metal furniture, and exposure to the sun can bleach the brightest of fabrics.

A roofing system can withstand long-term exposure to varying weather conditions and protect outdoor furniture. You can check out our previous blog to know where you can install insulated roofing systems on your property.

Just Patios specialises in designing and building outdoor space. Since 2002, we have been involved in the construction industry and have completed projects from simple indoor and outdoor patios to complex full room extensions. Our services are available for residential and commercial properties and our team of licensed builders ensures that your project complies with all building regulations. When you work with us, you know you are getting a beautiful and functional outdoor area built to last.

Talk to us today and preserve your outdoor area with insulated roof systems.

Blurring the Line between Indoor and Outdoor Living

The standard sunroom enclosure is no longer enough to satisfy many of today’s homeowners’ needs. Homeowners now want a highly customised, fully incorporated sunroom design, complete with luxuries that transform the space.

If you want a taste of what these homeowners have, consider some of the modern elements they’ve incorporated in their living extension:

Fully-Fitted Kitchen

If you enjoy entertaining, a sunroom that serves as a kitchen extension makes a great addition to an outdoor dining area. You can even go the extra mile and furnish your new kitchen with an entertainment bar that extends to the outdoor seating area.

You and your guests can easily prepare meals, snacks and drinks all while enjoying an unrestricted view of your garden.

This is also a smart idea for glass sunroom enclosures that face backyard pools. You can keep an eye on your kids while you prepare meals. And whilst entertaining, the pool fun doesn’t have to stop every time you need to go to the kitchen for a refill or to check the oven.

Even when you don’t have friends and family around, cooking in a room lit by natural light can be a calming and therapeutic answer to the heat of the kitchen.

Home Theatre Space with Hi-Fi Surround Sound Systems

There’s nothing like watching movies on an HD TV complete with a hi-fi surround sound system. So if watching movies in a cosy room is your idea of relaxation, you can turn your patio enclosure into a multipurpose room that also serves as a home theatre.

You don’t need a big space for this. In fact, having a smaller space works in your favour since you won’t need powerful speakers to experience the surround sound. The key to the layout of your sunroom is to give your family and friends as much distance from the screen as possible.

For the best movie-watching experience, make sure that you have the proper blinds for your windows and take steps to make the room soundproof.

Indoor Water Features

Having indoor water features is the ultimate in blurring the lines between your interiors and exteriors. Rain curtains, water walls and indoor waterfalls make stunning focal points in any room and don’t have to take up much space.

To match the water feature’s natural aesthetic appeal, opt for hardwood floors and furnish your sunroom with indoor plants. Mixed with the natural light that streams through your sunroom’s large windows, all these elements can give your sunroom the perfect ambience for a meditation room.

You can spend mornings in your sunroom practising yoga or just enjoy a cup of coffee while listening to the relaxing sound of falling water.

If you opt for indoor water features with LED lights, you can treat your eyes to a spectacle of colours at night. And if your sunroom is near your pool, you will create a resort-style backyard area for your family.

There are so many ideas to transform your sunroom into the perfect backyard escape. When you’re ready to convert that patio into a sunroom enclosure, give our friendly team a call.

Bringing the Benefits of Nature to Your Indoor Space

For years, nature has been proven to be beneficial to the mind, body and spirit. People are said to experience a sense of healing, soothing and restoration by being exposed to nature. While spending a few minutes in nature contributes to someone’s health, happiness and productivity.

You can experience the benefits of nature in the comfort of your home. Here’s how:

Let in Natural Light

The sun is a good source of vitamin D that’s essential for the body. Vitamin D helps rejuvenate and repair life forms at the cellular level. Letting natural light into your home is both a healthy and aesthetically appealing way to experience the benefits of nature indoors. Taking advantage of natural light also helps you cut down lighting costs.

One of the best ways to let natural light through is by installing glass sunroom enclosures. With such an addition, you can maximise the natural light coming in from your sunroom. The glass also gives you a stunning, unobstructed view of the outdoors.

Another way to let natural light in is by installing skylights. The use of lighter colours for finishing and furniture not only allows light to bounce more easily, but it also creates an illusion of space.

Make Use of Wooden Elements

Wood is a versatile and durable architectural material that gives any space a classic, rustic or contemporary setting.

Whether wood is used in its purest state or preserved with substances, its charm as a material comes from its ability to maintain its unique colour and texture.  You can use wood indoors as fixtures and fittings or as furniture.

Wood also serves well as a material for background elements, such as the flooring and walls, or for centrepieces like a staircase. The prominence of wood creates a sense of warmth and cosiness within the space.

Wooden furniture will also have the same effect but with the addition of luxury, as authentic wooden furniture can be quite costly. However, weighed against the long-term value, the cost of wood proves to be a worthwhile investment.

Nurture Houseplants

What better way to experience nature indoors than physically bringing it indoors – in the form of plants. Houseplants can regulate moods, reduce background noise and improve air quality.

You can start by bringing in potted plants that are easy to care for such as Kalanchoe and Indian Rubber Tree. Once you get used to caring for them, you can try growing the more challenging ones like Moth Orchids and Miniature Rose.

If you have pets, Prayer Plants and African Violets are some examples of pet-friendly houseplants. You can even try growing herbs like Basil and Rosemary that you can use for cooking.

These are only a few ways that you can do to experience the benefits of nature indoors. There are a few other ways that you can explore that will suit lifestyle.

Just Patios is a professional team specialising in designing and constructing outdoor living area and room enclosures. With over 15 years of experience in the business, we are set on building quality space that exceeds our clients’ expectations.

Get in touch with us today and we will discuss the space you have in mind.

Using Insulated Roof Panels For Different Parts Of Your Home

One of the most worthwhile home improvement projects you can undertake is a solid roofing improvement. Installing solid, insulated roofing in Brisbane can add to your property’s value and ensure sufficient protection from the elements throughout the year. Insulated roofing provides excellent thermal performance and durability with little upkeep. Different areas of your property can benefit from this solution, including the following:

  1. Porch

Hang out, relax, and spend time with friends and family under your porch. With insulated roofing overhead, you won’t have to worry about the afternoon heat damaging your outdoor furniture. The panels block the elements to ensure that you are comfortable at any time of the day. This feature can also be an added selling point should you decide to sell your home.

  1. Pergola

The pergola is a shaded seating area or walkway designed with posts that support crossbeams and an open lattice. By upgrading to insulated roofing, you can transform your ordinary pergola into an interesting social space.

  1. Carport

Using the same roofing material from your house to all its extended parts gives a seamless, uniform look. Install the same insulated panels on your carport to enhance comfort and curb appeal on this area. Since the material is easy to install, you won’t have to spend more money on its placement.

  1. Granny Flat

If you’re planning to add a granny flat to house an ageing parent or relative, then an insulated roof will deliver utmost relief and relaxation. It can also reduce noise during heavy rains so your loved one can sleep soundly and without a problem.

Investing in a high-quality roof will not only enhance your home’s comfort and landscape profile, but it can also yield lucrative profits when you resell. Install it to upgrade different parts of your home and enjoy your daily living in style.

The Latest Trends in Designing Patios You Shouldn’t Ignore

Owning a home is not just an investment; it is a significant milestone that most people in Brisbane work very hard to reach. It never stops there, though; homeowners still strive to make their homes as unique and elegant as they can.

That calls for creative designing of structures and spaces without compromising functionality, with the most recent being using insulated patios. But you need to master the following latest trends in the design of insulated patios to know which one befits you most:

Fire Pits

Fireplaces are not only for the indoor space; they increase the appeal for outdoor areas as well. Installing an outdoor fire pit lights up your patio and creates warmth so you can enjoy your time outdoors even when it is cold.

You could choose a wood or gas fireplace as an addition to your patio space, as long as it meets your local building codes for safety. Covering these fireplaces with the right patio cover will extend their service life.

Eco-Friendly Materials

Homeowners are today appreciating that, using eco-friendly materials to build their patios and erect patio covers will not only conserve the environment but also reduce energy loss within the structures. That drastically reduces the utility costs on heating and cooling.

Long-Lasting Furniture

Any patio set can match your outdoor design. However, more people are resorting to getting furniture that matches not only their outdoor space but also one that will serve them longer.

Using insulated patio covers can enhance the durability of outdoor furniture, including seats, benches and pool tables so that it serves its purpose for an extended period without requiring renovation or replacement.

Regardless of your taste and style, there is no limit to the design you can use for your patio. Incorporating these latest trends, and using the right insulated patio covers, increases the usability of your patio, which is a significant investment you will enjoy for years in your Brisbane home.

From Dull to Dreamy: Add Value to Your Outdoor Space

The outdoors is perfect for spending your afternoon reading a book or enjoying quality time with your family or friends. Instead of staying indoors, you can utilise this area of your home for your next get together.

So it makes perfect sense to transform a typical exterior space into a unique one that gives way to a much better outdoor living experience. This type of design isn’t just going to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home, but it’ll also add value to your property. There are several ways you can do to achieve this end.

Create a Zone in Your Garden

One way to maximise your outdoor area is by putting up a patio in your garden. This gives you a separate space where you can entertain your guests. Work with licensed, reliable patio suppliers to help you achieve the outdoor space you envision.

Our team of professional builders will provide you with quality services that will contribute to improving your quality of life. We understand the weather condition in Brisbane, so we’ll make your outdoor patio as comfortable and durable as possible.

Most homeowners want to turn their outdoor area into an extension of their living space. As such, we recommend placing cushioned furniture to create a welcoming seating area. You can also consider a pergola instead of a full roofing system, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors while still offering protection for your furniture.

Install Fire Pits

This kind of outdoor appliance will be a valuable addition to your space. Aside from its contribution to visual appeal, fire pits are multi-functional as well. You can use them to generate outdoor heat, ambience and light without increasing your electricity bill.

They are ideal for evening gatherings with your loved ones especially when the weather is fine. And just think about those romantic evenings with your spouse or significant other.

Fire pits are a good source of natural lighting as the sun goes down. To make the ambience more interesting, you can add other types of lighting that will complement your fire pits. For example, you can put fairy lights in trees and Tiki torches for a warm and inviting environment.

Make it Functional for the Whole Year

When it comes to renovations, try to be practical by designing your outdoor space that allows you to use it any time of the year. This will prevent you from constantly changing the area every season.

Moreover, it would be better to install weather-resistant blinds for your patio to maintain comfort during cooler months. Consider retractable patio roofs for convenience and control.

Here at Just Patios, we want you to spend more comfortable moments with your loved ones, every season. Our outdoor patios help you enjoy barbecue parties, quiet, romantic evenings or meditative time with a view of your beautiful garden.

You can choose from our wide selection of designs and our team can help you find the right patio that will suit your property We can include skylights for that extra light you need as well as protection from the weather.

Contact us today for a free quote.

How to Plan a Successful House Extension Project

Building a home extension is one good way to expand your family’s living space while significantly increasing your home’s resale value.

While building a patio extension or new sunroom sounds exciting, it’s important to understand that such home extension projects can be quite challenging. You have to prepare a budget, check your local government’s building regulations, and find the best contractor in town.

Here are some important reminders when planning a home extension.

Know the whys

Have a clear understanding of why you’re having a home extension project. If you talk to a patio supplier, you will most probably be asked about your objectives first. Is the project for aesthetic purposes or is it function-driven? Styling will be a key factor to consider if it’s to improve your home’s look and feel. Your family’s comfort and living needs must be the priority if you’re building it as a functional outdoor space.

Consider your home design

An excellent home extension must blend seamlessly with your existing home structure and design. It must create harmony with the present elements and must not break the overall appeal of your house. Take into account the most prominent features of the existing design and incorporate it into the extension. Roof, walls, and windows, are key features that must match the elements of your new patio or outdoor room.

Make a realistic budget

In any home extension project, the last thing you would want to happen is to overspend. You can prevent this by setting a budget. To do this effectively, you need to be aware of the associated expenses. Experts suggest allotting an extra 10-20% allowance to serve as a contingency fund in case unexpected costs arise. Also, know the local regulations so you can save yourself from potential fines.

Remember that any home extension project requires extensive planning and logistics. Otherwise, you may not meet your expectations with your new patio or room, or worse put your money to waste.

The Benefits of Flat and Gabled Roof Carports

There are numerous benefits that come with adding a carport to your house. It protects your vehicle from being damaged by the elements, be it rain, hail or sunlight. Additionally, it can easily be customized to suit your home’s exterior, and not stick out like a sore thumb.There are many types of designs but the two most common are gable and flat roof carports. Here are some details to help you make an informed decision about the right carport for your home.

Gable Roof

Gable roof carports have two sloping sides that meet at the ridge to form a triangular point when viewed from the front. They are usually available as a standard gable or a Dutch gable. Both of them are popular as attached carports complement a home, particularly if made with matching colours.

Gable roofs are also available in various pitches to cover single, double or larger carports depending on the amount of space required. Due to the structure of the roof, they are a little more expensive than flat roof carports, but what you spend during instalment you regain in the value added to your home. They take longer to construct than flat roof carports but are quicker to build than standard garages.

Carports are available in various materials, including aluminium, steel and timber. They also come in a range of colours, which can be combined to create a preferred design.

Flat Roof

Flat roof carports, despite their name, are not completely flat. They are slightly angled to allow rainwater to run off to avoid stagnant pooling and potential water damage. Flat roof carports are made from Colorbond, Zincalume or polycarbonate sheeting. The other framing components are made from aluminium, timber or steel.

Out of all the types, flat roof carports are the most economical, fastest and easiest to install. They can be attached to homes or remain freestanding, which means they can be placed wherever you want as long as there is sufficient space. They are available in different colours, which allow you to match the carport design to suit the style of your house or garden.

We Build Carports

Are you looking for a reliable carport installer? At Just Patios, we build customised carports in Brisbane. From flat to gable carports, our highly experienced builders provide a variety of carport designs to suit your home.

For our gable roof carports, they come in three popular styles: hip ends, traditional gable ends and Dutch gable ends. These designs can all be customised based on your specifications. They are all available in the full Colorbond range to complement your home’s exterior colour.

Our flat roof carports are by far the most popular as they are a simple structure but very functional. They are also affordable, particularly if you choose our galvanised frame with Zincalume sheets. Our flat roof carports can be built as a freestanding unit or attached to the side of the house.

For any enquiries about our carports, call 1300 284 531.


Cosy Sunroom Design Ideas for the Modern Home

If you have a sunroom in your home, chances are it’s your favourite spot in the entire house. Designed as cosy nooks, sunrooms provide natural light in the daytime as well as gorgeous views of the sky at night. They are comfortable spaces where you can relax and unwind, no matter the weather.Sunrooms were first introduced in homes in the 17th century but gained popularity by the 19th century when steel and glass were more readily available on the market. For the modern home, sunrooms still create the perfect space. Here are a few sunroom design ideas that you can incorporate into the newest addition to your home:Choice of Furnishings

Designers note that a beautiful sunroom mimics other elements of the home, including the furniture. By saving the wicker and wovens for outdoor spaces, you create a peaceful retreat within the sunroom that looks and feels like an extension of your living room. Choose comfortable seating upholstered in common cushion fabrics such as leathers, chenilles and velvets for a homey look.

Matching Colours

Since you’re patterning your sunroom after the interiors of your home, it’s best to paint the walls the same colour as well. Pick furnishings and accessories with tones that complement the overarching colour scheme of your sunroom. For sunrooms, natural and earthy tones are the best hues for walls, furniture and decor. These colours are easier to work with whatever the season, making your sunroom a versatile space throughout the year.

Flooring Options

Sunrooms typically have wood, brick or concrete flooring. To retain the comfort of your sunroom, opt for tiles instead to keep the floors cool. They are also easier to clean. For the cooler months, use rugs or carpets.

Adjust to the Climate

Some homeowners don’t want to leave their sunrooms even in the winter, particularly if the temperatures stay mild. However, even on the Sunshine Coast, an evening can have a nip in the air, so for comfortable entertainment and reading spots during the cooler months, consider how to stay warm. Although a fireplace would add to the cosy feel, each council has its own rules about open fires and wood-burning stoves, and the outlay would be expensive. Other options include using a portable electric heater or extending your central heating system. For a cheaper option, add some blankets, throw pillows and candles for both warmth and ambience.

The Greens

Many plant species thrive in sunrooms. Flowers and greenery naturally filter the air, emulating the fresh feel of the outdoors. Common plant picks for sunrooms include African violets and begonias that are low maintenance buds with colourful blossoms year after year. Peace lilies are another great choice for sunroom greenery. They grow tall, brighten up corners and complement larger furnishings.

Just Patios

With Just Patios, you can transform your patio glass enclosure into the sunroom of your dreams. We are a team of carport builders and patio specialists in Brisbane who have years of experience in building the perfect addition to your home. We customise our products according to your requirements, ensuring you get the outdoor structure that best suits your property and lifestyle.

Get in touch with a Just Patios representative or call us on 1300 284 531 today.